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Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival–9/10/2016

Make plans now to attend the Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Audubon Trails Nature Center.  It will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.  We are co-sponsoring this event with the Meramec Hills Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists and the Missouri Master Gardeners. […]

Photo by Rod Lentz
Photo by Rod Lentz
News from April’ Events– 4/23/16, 4/29/16

The Montauk State Park outing on 4/23/16 was attended by 22 people.  Two birding groups kept their eyes and ears open and by the end of the day, 75 species were recorded, 24 of which were warblers.  Highlights were the Northern Waterthrush, 4 Cerulean Warblers, Magnolia Warbler and Wilson’s Warbler.  A full checklist is available […]

Photo by Rod Lentz
Photo by Rod Lentz
Controlled Burns at the Nature Center–3/28/16

Good news! Ideal weather conditions and manpower availability allowed us to burn the glade and the lower half of the prairie this past Monday.  Thanks to the Rolla Fire Department, additional burns were conducted with more than 20 acres put to the torch.  Box Turtle Woods and the areas near the parking lot were burnt. […]

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2015 Christmas Bird Count Summary — 12/19/15, 12/30/15

Two Christmas Bird Counts were conducted in our area in 2015.  The Maramec Springs count on December 19th yielded 67 species thanks to the efforts of 15 birders.  The day started at 4:15 with owling by Mike Doyen, John Hogan and Jason Gargus.  Unfortunately, no owls were seen or heard before sunrise  One eastern screech […]

Letter from Mary Schubert, Lyle Pursell’s Daughter–10/11/2015

Dear Friends of Audubon and Lyle Pursell, It is with sadness that I can not be here today on this very special occasion of the grand opening of the Audubon Trails Nature Center and the dedication of my father’s bench.  Unlike the birds of the air, God has not given me wings to fly and […]

Article on Nature Center

This article was published this winter in an agricultural newsletter.  It reviews some of the history of the nature center property and its subsequent development.  

Photo by Rod Lentz
Photo by Rod Lentz
Officers and Information

The Ozark Rivers Audubon Chapter is a state registered 501C-3. Our chapter owns and operates the Audubon Trails Nature Center which is a seventy acre nature reserve in the middle of Rolla. These are exciting times for our chapter as we continue to build and prepare for the future. Conway Hawn, chapter president, is in […]

Photo by Rod Lentz
Photo by Rod Lentz
Work on the Prairie

Paul Long and his crew of volunteers have done an excellent job over the past year in habitat restoration at the nature center. The chapter hired a experienced crew to come in and remover the big cedar and many deciduous trees after the volunteers had manually removed an estimated 10,000 cedar trees over the past […]