Monday, September 15, 2014

Indiana Audubon Society

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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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2014 Fall Festival Coming Soon!

The Indiana Audubon Society is pleased to host it's annual Fall Festival in the far reaches of southern Indiana.  Here, preserves host dark, tea-colored waters among bald cypress. Images more evoking of the deep south, then of Indiana!  Join us October 3-5 for the 2014 Fall Festival!  This year's keynote presentation, "Wind Energy Development and Birds: Are they Compatible?" by Michael Hutchins, Ph.D.  

Other activities include a varied array of field trip options to many of the Evansville areas greatest birding sites.  Visit Wesselman Woods, Somerville Mine, Eagle Slough,  as well as Kentucky's John James Audubon State Park.  

Registration is now online, as well as the full agenda.  Visit here to learn more and mark your calendars now!

Bird of the Month Returns!

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!

Hooded Crane Accepted for Indiana

The latest Indiana Audubon Quarterly comes in at a staggering 36 page giant.  It's loaded with content for current IAS members, including the recent  Winter Field Notes, Birder's Year Lists, and last year's Summer Bird count.  On a national level, the Indiana Bird Records Committee Annual Report details the nation's first state acceptance of Hooded Crane in the United States.  Logged in members can access the Indiana Audubon Quarterly main page here.  IBRC photo by Ryan Sanderson.

American Kestrel Partnership

Indiana Audubon has a partnership with The Peregrine Fund, headquartered in Boise, ID, to  initiate a new citizen science program, the "American Kestrel Partnership," to address widespread declines in American Kestrel populations across North America. The declines are poorly understood, so they are asking amateur researchers (both adults and students) around the continent to install and monitor kestrel nest boxes to produce a large dataset that can be used to better understand kestrel demographics and management.

American KestrelHere's how you can get involved. First, visit the website to learn more about the project. Note that they provide downloadable Kestrel Nest Box Instructions in the right column. Second, contact Jeff Canada at  Jeff will be the point of contact, as IAS Conservation Chair.

You can also take part in one of six special programs this winter and early spring to learn about kestrels.  Each program includes a live bird!  Visit the Activities Calendar for information on each program.

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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