f Central Minnesota Audubon Society

The Central Minnesota Audubon Society (CMAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. CMAS was founded in 1980 and has over 500 members. CMAS is a non-profit organization which is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.


John Peck.......................President
Brian Jungels ...........Vice President
Ralph Gundersen............ Secretary
Kathy Doyle....................Treasurer
Jan Bergstrom .......Member at Large
John Cornell...........Member at Large

Brian Jungels..........................Outings Committee
Linda Peck.....................Conservation Committee
Ralph Gundersen...........Membership Committee
John Cornell..........................Program Committee
John Peck...........................Education Committee
John Cornell..........................Publicity Committee
Nicki Blake-Bradley........Editor of the Green-Backed Gazette.

CMAS is a group of concerned citizens who are committed to the preservation of a clean and healthy environment for people and wildlife. We believe in the preservation of unpolluted lakes, rivers, and forests and the continued existence of critical habitat for birds and other wild life. We offer friendship, good company, and the chance to make a difference.

Green-Backed Gazette
The Green-Backed Gazette, is published September through May. Currently, Nicki Blake-Bradley serves as the editor. the Green-Backed Gazette contains notices of upcoming field trips, monthly seminars and other activities. In addition you will find many interesting articles on conservation, natural history, and news about conservation efforts in the Central Minnesota region. As a member of the National Audubon Society, your subscription to the Green-Backed Gazette is mailed to you at no charge. Members are encouraged to contribute articles.  *Past Issues of the Green Backed Gazette


Monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month during the school year at the Unitarian Fellowship, which is located at 3226 Maine Prairie Road, St. Cloud. Meetings feature guest speakers, updates on local conservation activities, a program, and time to socialize with new and old friends over refreshments. See the program announcement for specific details regarding the guest speaker, changes in time or location, or other inportant information.


Periodically, CMAS sponsors field trips which are announced in our newsletter, the Green-Backed Gazette and at the monthly meetings. Past field trips have included bird watching, cross country skiing, trips to museums and zoos, and night owling trips.


Audubon Adventures
CMAS is actively involved with environmental education. We sponsor over 30 Audubon Adventure classrooms. Audubon Adventures reflects the science standards set by the National Academy of Sciences for grades 4 and up. Audubon Adventures are designed to help students achieve science and environmental literacy at a cost of about $45 per classroom. If you are an interested teacher, operate a homeschool, or are interested in sponsoring and Audubon Adventure classroom for a school in your area then please contact us for more information.

In addition we sponsor old nature workshops, and support local environmental education efforts as well as the Audubon Center of the North Woods.


Duck Crossing in St. Cloud
The CMAS Conservation Committee monitors environmental issues in the community and throughout the state. We are concerned with issues such as wetlands preservation, land use planning, and water quality. Visit the following sites for information about some national issues:

National Audubon Society Campaign Page     Natural Resources Defense Council's Biogems Web Site


Every year CMAS participates in the Christmas Bird Count, a nationwide census of winter birds. In May we participate in the Migratory Bird Count. Click on the button below for data from the last Christmas Bird Count.  

Christmas Bird Count

Quarry Park
Stearns County is in the process of developing this new park. CMAS did a detailed ecological survey of the park and is continuing to participate in the development of Quarry Park.


The Audubon Society was founded in 1886 by George Bird Grinnell in response to the slaughter and exploitation of birds for their plumage, eggs, and stuffed specimens. Although this first organization was disbanded in 1888, new 'Audubon' organizations continued to form in a number of states. In 1905 the various state organizations were incorporated into the National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals. Currently, there are more than 600,000 members of the National Audubon Society who belong to more than 500 Chapters, such as CMAS. In addition to an emphasis on birds, the NAS has evolved into one of the worlds most respected environmental groups.

The goals of the NAS are to:
In addition the NAS carries out the following activities:


You may pay your membership dues ($20) and join the National Audubon Society and become a member of the CMAS by filling out the application form available on the National Audubon web site. Its really very simple! We would love to see you at our next meeting. Not sure about joining ... then just come to one of our meetings. Visitors are always Welcome!

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