The Ozark Rivers Audubon Chapter was founded in 1975 as a 501(c)3 organization. The Chapter members have a strong ethic of conservation and are committed to the preservation of birds and bird habitat in the Ozarks. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from September through May at 7:00 pm. Our new meeting location is the United Methodist Church, 803 N. Main St., Rolla. Meetings include an educational program, bird talk and social time. All are welcome to attend. Interested in becoming a member? Visit our booth at the festival or mail a check to Ozark Rivers Audubon Chapter, PO Box 429, Rolla, MO 65402-0429. Dues ($15/yr) or donations may also be made through our website at http://www.ozarkriversausubon.org.
The Ozark Rivers Audubon Chapter is the steward of Audubon Trails Nature Center, 550 Meriweather Ct., Rolla. The nature center is a 70-acre natural community with six different habitat types and four miles of trails. There is a tree identification trail, benches for rest or contemplation, a picnic table, an outdoor facility and beautiful vistas. An eleven-acre remnant prairie is a changing palette throughout the seasons and new plant species appear each year. Habitat management is ongoing to eliminate invasive plants and promote the growth and diversity of native species of all kinds. An outdoor educational shelter is planned for the near future and an enclosed nature center building is part of our long-term plan.
The Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival is intended to introduce new visitors to Audubon Trails Nature Center and to educate our fellow citizens and visitors about the wealth of nature-related and outdoor organizations in our region, in addition to learning about new subjects and having fun in the outdoors.
Audubon Trails Nature Center is on the Great Missouri Birding Trail due to our emphasis on preserving and maintaining native Ozarks habitat and our continuing habitat management. Forty-three new bird species have been documented in the past eight years due to our habitat management methods. If you are looking for a place to bird or birds to photograph, Audubon Trails is the place for you. We’re open from dawn to dusk. Learn more about us at Facebook.com/ozaud and on our website at http://www.ozarkriversaudubon.org.
Since Audubon Trails Nature Center is owned by a 501(c)3 organization, all donations are tax free and will help the Chapter to sponsor educational programs and continue further development of Audubon Trails. Our work force is almost entirely volunteer in nature.