Monday, April 27, 2015

Indiana Audubon Society

Our Mission

Indiana Audubon Society's mission is to stimulate interest in birds and their protection; to serve the needs of youth, civic, church, schools 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 unique flora and fauna.

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May Day Bird Count

Mark your calendar for the IAS Big May Day Bird Count, May 9, 2015!
Photo by Jeff Timmons Americal GoldfinchPlease join Indiana Audubon for the annual Big May Day Bird Count on May 9, 2015. The objective of the BMDBC is to count the number of birds of each species occurring in a participating county area from midnight to midnight on the second Saturday in May. This data snapshot provides a valuable scientific record of the bird populations occurring each year in Indiana. The results will be compiled, analyzed, and published in the Indiana Audubon Quarterly. Information can be found on the Big May Day Bird Count page.

Spring Festival

Join us for the 2015 Spring Festival at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, May 1-3, 2015! Warblers abound and everyone is promised a great time. 

We have more activities planned for the Indiana Young Birders Club and youth who participate! Take a look at the great activities that will happen over the weekend with our Young Birders!

Registration is online now! Or, download the forms that can be found on the left-hand side of this page. We look forward to seeing you! 

Mary Gray Photo Contest

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is looking for mascots for our new donor board!

We are asking members of the Indiana Audubon Society to submit photos of a selection of birds to be etched on the new donor board. Winners will be announced & a prototype will be unveiled at the Spring Festival, held the first weekend in May. 

Send us your photos of:

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Barred Owl
  • American Woodcock
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Northern Parula
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The photo contest is open to IAS members only. Join today!

Find out how to submit your photo on the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary webpage.

2014 Grants and Scholarships Available

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.

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival Coming!

Indiana Audubon Society is pleased to lead a great partnership to provide the first ever Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 7-10, 2015. This first ever event is located at not only Indiana's largest tourist destination, but the greatest birding location in the state, and a top site in the Great Lakes.  This year's festival features a keynote presentation by James Currie, host of National Geographic's Birding Adventures TV.  

An assortment of field trips, tours, programs, hands on activities, live birds, and more will have a little something for birders of all interest and skill levels.  Begin following the activity on their Facebook page or the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival website.  IAS members will have special priority registration before all others coming later in February!

Bird of the Month

IAS is happy to announce the return of the Bird of the Month.  Designed to give Hoosier birders and insight into some of our unique avi-fauna, the Bird of the Month is featured on it's own page here or can be found on the popular Backyard Birds page.  Please help us welcome Indiana Young Birder of the Year, Alexandra Forsythe as the new author of the IAS Bird of the Month.

Check out the current Bird of the Month!

Funding the Sanctuary

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is asking for your support.


Imagine yourself wanting to attend one the spring meetings with all of the glorious birds and wildflowers on display at the sanctuary, but at some point in life, sleeping on the hard ground and hiking to the outhouse just doesn’t sound as idyllic as it once did.  Consider an alternative in which Markle Barn has comfortable sleeping quarters.  Or, picture the crabapple promenade near the bluebird meadow.  The trees lining this peaceful walkway have suffered in recent years and should be replaced with young, vigorous new starts.  Or, thinking of the youth of Indiana, envision a funded sanctuary director who would organize living-classroom teaching, create programs for wildlife study, and encourage guided field trips, exposing and developing the many fascinating and beautiful features of our 700+ acres. 


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