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MO Master Naturalists & Burroughs Audubon of Kansas City

Master naturalist promote awareness and citizen stewardship of natural resources through science based education, community service and educational outreach. Audubon promotes the appreciation of birds, nature, education and the conservation of habitat.

Address: 7300 SW West Park Road, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015

Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in these activities must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to

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Bird Branding

Experiencing bird banding can make a life-long connection between an, otherwise, unknown bird and a child. Banding is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to witness the beauty of birds. Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke from the Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) will gently net, identify and record vital statistics of captured birds before giving visitors the opportunity to release them! Data collected aid in the study of species using the Missouri River corridor as both migratory stop-over and breeding habitat, providing scientists with insight about what’s happening in the ecosystem. Each bird receives colored and numbered bands aiding in identification and assessment of territory fidelity if re-captured. Burroughs supports MRBO’s important work, and we offer the public several opportunities to watch Dana and Ethan band birds. It’s a magical experience for everyone, seeing birds up close!

Bird banding dates for the 2018/2019 year are:
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday, March 2, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

Directions on how to register:  No Registration Necessary

Questions? Please contact the Burroughs Audubon Library and Bird Sanctuary at 816-795-8177

Journey Connections: Think Like a Citizen Scientist (D/B/J)

Badge Connections: Daisy Eco Learner, Brownie Eco Friend, Junior Eco Camper, Cadette Eco Trekker, Senior Eco Explorer, Ambassador Eco Advocate

Additional Information:  If high winds and rain make it unsafe to net the birds, Dana and Ethan will give a presentation in lieu of banding. Find out more at or