The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society has partnered in several different ways to create and maintain a successful bird habitat within our gardens. The Garden area in the Southeast corner of the park bordering the Darr Agricultural Center and along the South Creek Greenway was created to replace invasive plants like honeysuckle with native, power-line friendly plants for feeding birds. A variety of caterpillar host plants and berry and nut bearing plants have been selected. The “bubbler” or rock with a spring of water flowing from it is at the centerpiece of the planting. A wood chip trail allows visitors to step off the paved sidewalk and really connect with nature.
Walk among the native viburnum, dogwood, buckeyes and wildflowers.
Its purpose is to demonstrate property management to attract songbirds to a natural strip of habitat, by providing them with food, shelter and water.
A little fountain, or “bubbler,” provides a continual drip of fresh water to give birds a place to bathe and drink. It’s beneficial for the birds, but it’s good for people, too -- it gives our visitors a chance to observe and learn about them in a natural setting.
Other Audubon projects include the Purple Martin House at Lake Drummond; Bluebird House trail around the gardens; Chimney Swift Towers at the Kickapoo Edge Prairie and the annual Christmas Bird Count and Bird Brochure.