Programs & Training

April 2013 Highlights

Connie Johnson opened the meeting with a personal account, “The Song Leader,” of her dog singing with coyotes one night. Speaker  John Miller, author of Show Me Herps and resident naturalist at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery at Table Rock Lake, shared amazing facts about Missouri amphibians–and brought a few to touch and feel.

Congrats on Service Hours

Congratulations to Curtis and Sherry Baker, left and center, and Alane Roy for completing their first year of service. Jay Barber and Patrick Byers presented them with certificates at the March 2012 meeting.

Mary Entertains Us Once Again

Mary McCarthy loves to make us smile. And be wowed with her creativity. Here she entertains us at our January 2013 meeting with a song she wrote for our opening reading.

She was followed by Loring Bullard, our guest speaker with a presentation on the sustainability of water both here in the Ozarks and globally. 

 

 

 

 

Oh What a Night!

It was a night (Christmas Party 2012) to remember as we raised more than $1,000 in our silent and live auctions, the money to go toward our new scholarship fund and perhaps for a chapter project. We particularly enjoyed Bob Kipfer mincing down the aisle with one of Bob Korpella’s outstanding framed photos and the coziness of Charley Burwick and autioneer Bob Ranney on Dan Crane’s bench or should we call it love seat.

We feasted, honored Jay and lightly roasted Jennifer, rounding out the evening with a tribute to her. Here are some photos from the party:

The Great Mushroom ID

Dave Catlin of Audubon presented our October 2012 program on mushrooms. One of the highlights was trying to identify the nine mushrooms he brought in. Here we are hard at it!

In addition, Jay Barber recognized members for their volunteer hours, including in the photo below from left, Larry Maggard, Bob Ranney, Allan Keller, Pat and Darrell Blech and Bob and Barbara Kipfer. Not shown is Mandi Hubbs.

State Conference 2012

Fourteen Springfield Plateau members attended the state conference at Lake of the Ozarks Sept. 21-23.  In addition, our esteemed advisor, Jay Barber, presented one of the sessions. Thanks to Linda Ellis, we had a terrific new exhibit at the conference to showcase some of our projects.

Among those attending and show in the accompanying photo, left to right, were Michael Baird, Allan Keller, Sheryl Walker, Rose Atchley, Jennifer Ailor, Mary McCarthy and Gala Solari. Not shown are Linda Ellis, Carl and Janet Haworth, Bob Korpella and Teri Leigh Baird.  The middle picture below is of Jeff Briggler, an MDC herpetologist who taught the session on reptiles and amphibian conservation. The picture on the right is of Frank Norman, a private wetlands scientist who taught the wetlands course. He’s shown with the Master Naturalists in a bald cypress planting.

Upcoming Programs

Our programs for members only are held the third Monday of every month at the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks’ building at Valley Water Mill Park. Come early for refreshments. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Remember to sign up at least once during the year for food and to set up tables and chairs and to clean up after the program. As you can see, help is hard to come by…

Programs are posted on our calendar, or for more details, you may contact our program chair, Charley Burwick, at 860-9505 or ozarkbirder@gmail.com.

Here’s an image from our January program on snakes of Missouri by John  Miller of the Missouri Department of Conservation. The photo is of Eli Kromrey.

 

Remembrance of Things Past: a Good Time was had by All

Fun, frolic, and food, glorious food, were the centerpieces of our Dec. 12 holiday party at Valley Water Mill Park. The tables were laden with wild game (trout, pig and venison),  with all the trimmings, topped off with to-die-for desserts (think calories galore).

Below are some photos from the event, which also included a silent auction that raised $843 and induction of officers for 2012:  Jennifer Ailor, president; Michael Baird, vice president, Barbara Lucks, treasurer; and Marlyss Simmons, secretary.

The evening’s entertainment placed outgoing president Carl Haworth center stage as Santa’s elves plastered him with badges of honor and gifts of homage. It seems that presidents of the Plateau Chapter are fair game, and the elves have long memories!

Recap of Past Programs

One of the strengths of the Springfield Plateau Chapter is its history of outstanding monthly programs for its members. Our programs have included presentations on  forests, invasives, weather, Missouri fisheries, chapter trunk shows, water quality on Swan and Bull creeks, snakes of Missouri, water resources, air quality, snapping turtles, journaling, mussels, cottonmouths, archery and firearms, feral hogs, taxidermy, nature photography, knots, rain gardens, flint knapping and points, fossils and lichens–just to name a few!

These programs provide advance learning opportunities for members. Our chapter meets the third Monday of each month.  Members volunteer to bring snacks, and we graze and network until the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Following the presentation by a guest speaker, typically about an hour, we have a business meeting, also about an hour.

Here’s a complete list of programs/advanced training presentations from June 2006 through November 2011.

Photos below are from the 2010 program at Sequiota Park on bats.