Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Indiana Audubon Society is involved in numerous activities throughout the year. Through these activities, the Society aims to fulfill its mission to stimulate interest in birds and their protection; to serve the needs of youth, schools, civic, church and other groups by providing information concerning birds; and to educate the public concerning the necessity for conserving and preserving Indiana's natural heritage, its flora and fauna.

Activities Include:

The Event Calendar lists upcoming activities and provides additional details including meeting locations and driving directions.

CBC Information

Compilers can update their count information here

Christmas Bird Counts in Indiana

The Indiana Audubon Society (IAS) has set aside grant and scholarship funds for individuals and organizations seeking funding for activities related to Indiana’s natural resources, particularly those related to Indiana’s avifauna, that promote the Indiana Audubon Society’s mission.  In 2015, $2000.00 has been set aside for applicants in the following categories:

●     IAS Members who are students, scientists, individuals, or non-profit organizations that are promoting a project that supports the study of Indiana’s natural resources, particularly those related to Indiana’s avifauna, and their relation to the natural environment; projects which contribute to preservation of birds; and/or projects which disseminate knowledge of birds. 

●     IAS Student Members interested in birds and wish to attend summer camps, workshops, classes, training programs, conventions, and other bird related activities (both IAS sponsored and non-IAS sponsored).  This category of awards is of particular interest for the Indiana Audubon Society’s Indiana Young Birders Club. 

●     IAS Members wishing to attend workshops, classes, training programs, conventions, and other bird related activities (both IAS sponsored and non-IAS sponsored).

Apply before March first by visiting the main IAS Awards Homepage.


2014-15 Forms

CBC Documentation and Details


Access the online form here

Count Form EZ

Count Form EZ (.xls) or Count Form EZ (.doc)

Count Form

Count Form (.xls) or Count Form (.doc)

Team Form

Team Form (.xls) or Team Form (.doc)

Return completed report forms to:

By e-mail: otus44 AT
Gary Bowman
2805 Prospect AV
Vincennes, IN 47591

Audubon Christmas Bird Counts, 2014-2015

PLEASE NOTE: Many of the CBC dates have not been updated for 2014-15. Check to ensure the details have been updated by looking at when the information was updated.





Adams County  Jan 1
Terri Gorney Meet at Limberlost  Visitor Center in Genevaat 8am or go directly to your territory. Chili will be served at noon at the Visitor Center. Contact Terri Gorney ( for more information. Updated on November 15, 2014.
Big Oaks NWR Dec. 14
Joe Robb Contact: Joe at or 812-273-0783. Meet at the Refuge Office 8:00 am. Big Oaks Conservation Society will partner with the Refuge and provide lunch. Dress warm and be ready to count birds! Will have all day counters and half day groups for your convenience. Updated on November 8, 2014.
Brown County State Park Dec 14 Jim Eagleman Meet at the nature center at 8am, Sunday Dec. 14 for coffee and donuts, to assign areas and give out maps and bird til noon; lunch at the Abe Martin Lodge in the park on your own; resume til 3pm when we convene at the nature center to compile and record sightings.  Contact Jim at 812-988-5240 or Updated November 8, 2014.
Cass County Jan 3 Landon Neumann If you would like to help please email me ( and I'll give you an area to cover. We tend to cover our areas in the morning and then come together for lunch in Logansport and then bird together anywhere in the circle in afternoon. Updated on November 15, 2014.
Crane Naval Weapons Support Center   Harmon Weeks Contact Harmon, but at least by Dec. 14 as there is limited access to the base. Participants must be US citizens.  weeks@purdue.eduUpdated on November 8, 2013. 
Eagle Creek Valley Dec 15 Kevin Carlsen Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center. Pitch-In lunch at 12 noon to go over the list of birds seen. Some groups will head back out in the afternoon and early evening. For more info contact Kevin Carlsen  at 317-327-2473 or Updated on November 8, 2014
Elkhart Co. Jan 3  Ronda DeCaire
Field and feeder counters are needed. Please contact Ronda at 574-535-6458 or to pre-register.  Field counters can meet at the Ox Bow Haus Shelter at Ox Bow County Park at 7:30 a.m.  Updated on November 17, 2014. 
Fort Wayne Dec 20 Jim Haw Contact Jim Haw at 260-485-7802 or

You can participate in a field party for the day, or for half a day, morning or afternoon.  All-day and morning participants meet inside Hall’s Restaurant, corner of Coliseum Blvd. and Lima Rd. by 7:00 a.m.  Some of us arrive in time to have breakfast at Halls' before 7.  Chili supper at 6 p.m. at the Learning Center, Solomon Farm Park. Updated on November 16, 2014.

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
Dec 17 Dave Fox The first second annual CBC at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic site will be held from 8am - 5pm. Please contact Dave Fox ( for more information. Updated on December 19, 2014.
Goose Pond  Dec. 17
Lee Sterrenburg This year's GOOSE POND CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT will take place on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. We always schedule on the first Wednesday in the National Audubon Society count window. Last year we did exceptionally well on the Goose Pond CBC. We recorded 104 species amid cold Arctic Vortex blast conditions on December 18, 2013. We were the only count among all 44 Indiana CBCs to top the 100 species mark. We achieved that species total partly by virtue of recording 21 species of waterfowl (even with a majority of water frozen) and 12 species of diurnal raptors including Merlin and Peregrine Falcon and 2 individual Golden Eagles. Our 12 species of Emberizidae included the only 1 Le Conte's Sparrow found on all Indiana CBCs last year.

The Goose Pond CBC is sponsored by Sassafras Audubon Society. The center of the count circle is located at the south end of GPFWA Main Pool West. The circle includes diverse habitat terrains in Greene, Sullivan, and northern Knox Counties. Our CBC has opportunities for several different sorts of birding, from walking overland much of the day to mostly car birding and roadside birding. To be placed on a team or to ask questions email Lee Sterrenburg at sterren(AT) Updated on November 15, 2014.

 Hamilton County
Dec 26
Amanda Smith

Contact Amanda Smith at 317-774-2500 or by December 26, 2014. Pre-registered participants will be assigned to a location on or by Friday, December 26. Once the teams and locations are determined, registered participants will receive the contact information of their team leader and the location of your survey area. Most teams will meet at their assigned areas at 8:00am unless notified by team leaders otherwise. Lunch will be provided for volunteers by Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department and will be served at Cool Creek Nature Center (2000 E. 151st St., Carmel, IN 46033) at noon. Anyone interested in birding in the afternoon can and will be reassigned after lunch. Contact Person: Amanda Smith. Updated December 4, 2014.

Hancock County Dec 27 Gail McNierney

Contact Gail at 317-861-3967 or email, Updated November 15, 2014.

Hanover - Madison Dec 27
Dick Davis Count meets 8am and 1:30pm at Clifty Inn, forms birding parties then into field asap. Count a few hours or all day. Morning and afternoon parties will average 2-3 hours outdoors each. Prefer to count field or feeder at home without making the trip into town? Just call the compiler before 9pm Friday to coordinate plans.  Feeder counts needed.. call. Owling party meets 6pm; location to be determined.  For more information call compiler Dick Davis at 812-273-2656 or DNR interpreter Kristie Ridgway at 812-273-0609. Updated December 4, 2014.
Huntington County

Indiana Dunes Dec 14 Brad Bumgardner

Teams meet on their own at pre-assigned areas.  Contact Brad at  Deadline to register is Dec. 10.  Chili lunch offered at State Park Nature Center. Updated on November 16, 2014. 

Indiana Dunes West (INDW) Dec 30 Christine Gerlach
Teams will meet on their own at pre-assigned areas.  Contact Christy at or call 219-395-1885. There will be no cost for participants. Updated on November 15, 2014. 
Indianapolis Northeast Dec 20 John Schaust Register in advance by Dec. 17 by calling John at 317-208-4021 or email: Meet at noon for a pitch-in lunch at the Scout Education Center (Northeast corner of Shadeland Ave and Fall Creek Blvd). Updated on November 17, 2014. 

Jamestown Jan 3 Roger Hedge Meet at McCloud Nature Park, located southwest of North Salem in Hendricks County, at 7:30 am. A link with map to the park is at Contact Roger at 765-482-6883 or 317-554-7039 (cell) or on December 29, 2014. 
Johnson County (Atterbury) Dec 21  Mike Clay Meet at 7:30 at Johnson Co. park, Maples building at 7105 S Kern St. Nineveh, IN 46164. It actually shows up on a GPS as Johnson County Park Amphitheater. Call Mike at 317-682-8884 or Updated on November 19, 2014. 
Knox County Jan 3
Gary Bowman Anyone wanting to start the year off with a Christmas Count is welcome to participate in our count.  Please contact Gary or Lisa and we will assign you to a team.  Team leaders will make arrangements with the rest of their team as to meeting location and time. Email: Updated December 4, 2014.
Lafayette Dec 14 
Ed Hopkins Contact Ed Hopkins. Email: Updated on December 9, 2014.
Lake Monroe Dec. 20
Jim & Susan Hengeveld Contact Jim ( or Susan Hengeveld (, telephone
if you would like to participate. Updated on November 15, 2014.
Mary Gray Sanctuary Dec. 27 Carl and Amy Wilms Meet at House #2 at 7:30 AM to assign areas for the count. Questions can be emailed to Amy Wilms ( Lunch will be provided by Carl & Amy Wilms. Updated on November 8, 2014. 
McCormick's Creek Jan 3 Sandy Belth For more information and to be placed on a team, please email Sandy Belth at, or call (812) 825-8353. Start times and meeting locations for the various teams will be given out closer to count time. Updated on November 26, 2014.
Robert Williams
If you would like to join us, please contact Robert Williams at or 765-730-8427.  Updated on November 17, 2013. 

Muscatatuck N. W. R. Jan 1 Donna Stanley Group will meet at the Visitor Center to divide into teams.  All are welcome. Free soup lunch provided by refuge friends group. For information contact Updated on November 16, 2014. 
Newport Jan 3 Alan Bruner
Covers West Union Bald Eagle roost, Newport Chemical Depot, Cayuga Power Plant, and Wabash River bottoms.  Interested parties can contact Alan Bruner at: 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated on November 26, 2014. 
Northeast LaPorte County
Dennis Richardson Call Dennis, 219-778-2810, or email about when/where to meet. Updated December 8, 2013.
Oakland City Dec 21 Heath Hamilton
Contact Heath ahead of time at 812-749-3199 or  Updated on November 19, 2014. 
Ohio River*
Paul Wharton Please contact Paul at  (513) 353-3403 or at for complete details. We will meet at 7:30 at the Boat Ramp at Shawnee Lookout Park, in Hamilton County, Ohio.  Updated on November 8, 2013. 

*Ohio River valley covering corners of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. About 80% of the area is in Indiana

Wayne Wauligman Meet 7:30 am at the barn at Michaela Farm on Route 229 near 22143 Main Street (St Rte 229), Oldenburg. The large barn is located at a 90° bend in Route 229 on the east side of Oldenburg and next door to LeClare Convent. Lunch for $7 is provided at 1 pm at the Franciscan Center.  A $5 Audubon Society fee also is required. Contact Wayne at 513-922-4430 or
Patoka Lake Dec 23 
John Castrale

Contact John at or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated on November 26, 2014.

Pigeon River Jan 14 
Mark Weldon All those wishing to attend must contact Mark Weldon by December 8th, by emailing your interest to, or by phone at 260-427-6806 M-F and 260-493-2005 which is my home phone. Please don't call this number after 8:30 pm. Information I need from you is your name, address, phone number, and email address if applicable.

There is no meeting place for this count.davis

This count is located in Lagrange county, and covers all of the Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area. Besides small game hunting, deer hunting will also be in for Archery, and Muzzle loaders. All participants should wear a piece of clothing consisting of Hunter Orange. More details will be given after contacting Mark. Updated on November 26, 2014.
Pike County Dec 30 Jeremy Ross Contact Jeremy Ross for more information at Updated on December 5, 2014.
Tom Leggett Contact Tom Leggett if you can participate:, 616-249-3382 after 2pm during the week.
Pokagon Dec 29 Fred Wooley Bring a sack lunch and binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one) and meet at the Nature Center by 7:45am. Registration required by December 25 by calling the Park Nature Center at 260-833-2012, or by contacting fwooley@dnr.IN.govUpdated on November 8, 2014
Posey County
Brian Taylor Contact  Brian at 812-480-0588 or brian.taylor@haubstadt.comUpdated on November 8, 2013. 
Putnam County Dec 20 Jerry Rud

The "Big Walnut Bird Club "of Putnam County will be participating in the Christmas Bird Count. Meet at the home of Whitney Morrill, 633 East Seminary Street in Greencastle at 7:45 A.M. At 12:30 we will return to Whitney's at noon to enjoy a chili lunch and to share our results. To sign-up contact Jerry Rud,; 765-653-3636. Updated on November 16, 2014. 

Randolph County  
Connie Howell Compiler and/or contact person is Connie Howell, 765-744-4963, or e-mail  
Richmond Dec 20 Bill Buskirk Contact Bill Buskirk at or 765-969-0449 or Ron Williams at 765-962-1488 /, or Jim Seaney at 765-962-1902. Updated November 22, 2014.
South Bend Dec 20 Vic Riemenschneider The South Bend Count is divided into five sectors with sector leaders. Contact the compiler by email if you want to participate or go to the South Bend Web site for more information on both the South Bend and Elkhart Counts. Updated on December 15, 2014.
Southern Lake County  

Spring Mill Dec 21 John Castrale Contact John at or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated on November 26, 2014.
Sullivan County Dec 14 Michael Brown Contact if attending.   We usually go to territories in am then meet at Subway in Sullivan at Hwy 41 and hwy 154 at 12:30 for lunch and to review species seen.  There is no meeting in evening, instead participants call or email reports to Michael Brown - 812-299-2137. Leave message. Updated December 26, 2014.
 SW Allen County Jan 3 Cynthia Powers If you would like to help please email me and I'll give you an area to cover. We tend to cover our areas in the morning and then come together for lunch in Logansport and then bird together anywhere in the circle in afternoon. Email: Cynthia Powers: Updated on November 15, 2014.
Terre Haute Dec 20 Peter Scott Contact Peter at if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated on November 15, 2014. 
Tippecanoe Dec 27 David Hicks The Tippecanoe Audubon Society Christmas count will be Saturday, December 27, 2014.  The 15-mile-diameter count circle is centered northwest of Warsaw.  Those interested in participating should get in touch with me: Dave Hicks, 260-982-5309, Updated December 1, 2014.
Topeka Dec 22 Leland Shaum Field and feeder watchers are needed. Anyone wishing to participate should contact either Perry Miller at 574-642-1300 - ext.4098 and leave a message or Leland Shaum at  or 574-202-0015 to be assigned a team or an area. Because we have many youth and Amish participants there is a special need for drivers. Updated on November 15, 2014.
Tri-County/Rochester Jan 3 Michael Stephan Meet at 8 am at Potawatomi Wildlife Park on State Road US 331 in Marshall County at Tippecanoe. Contact Michael D. Stephan, Executive Director at 1-574-498-6550 or Most of their field people are within the park, but they need feeder observers and field observers to work other areas of the circle. The count info is also on the park web siteUpdated on November 15, 2014. 
Turkey Run Dec 27 Alan Bruner
Covers Turkey Run and Shades St. Parks, Lake Waveland, Raccoon Lake, Hollandsburg Longspur fields and Amish farms.  Interested parties can contact Alan Bruner at or 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated on November 15, 2014.
Vanderburgh County  
Carol Pettys Contact Carol at 812-867-6231 or pettys1234@aol.comUpdated on November 8, 2013. 
Warrick County  Jan 3
Chris Price Sign up on the NAS CBC webpage or contact Chris at 812-760-2752 or Updated on November 16, 2014.
Wells County   Ruth Oswalt Contact Ruth at 260-694-6487 to sign up.
Western Gibson County Dec 14
Dan Collins Contact or 812 499 8121. Updated on November 15, 2014.
Whitewater Dec 14 Bill Buskirk Contact Bill Buskirk at or 765-969-0449.  Updated on November 22, 2014.
Willow Slough/Iroquois Preserves Jan 1 
Ed Hopkins  Contact Ed Hopkins for more information. Email: Updated on December 9, 2014.