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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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Spring Festival at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

We hope you have saved the date to join us at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary for the Spring Festival! It's All About Birds! We are hosting the Spring Festival on April 29 & 30, 2016 this year. As always there will be lots of birdingbird hikes, bird banding, a bird documentary, information about the Migratory Bird Treaty (which is celebrating 100 years) and of course food and fellowship. Please join us for a bird inspired weekend at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. Register Today!

Upcoming Events!

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Indiana Dunes Festival

The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an event designed to celebrate the dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities. The event will include educational activities for area and visiting youth and families, as well as guided hikes for all ages. Workshops, tours, and special activities will round out the four day festival.


This second year will have more activities and trips than last year.  The  Indiana Dunes Tourism Visitor Center is the festival  headquarters. Mark your calendar for May 5-8, 2016.   All registration is done on the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival website.

Activities

Big May Day Bird Count 2016 

The Indiana Audubon Society will conduct its annual Big May Day Bird Count on 14 May 2016. 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. Learn more....

Bicentennial Birding Big Year!

Join IAS, the Indiana DNR, and Robert Cooper Audubon as we celebrate birding in Indiana during the course of the state's bicentennial.  In 2016, birders are invited to seek out as many species of birds that can be found in Indiana.  To play, birders must seek out a minimum of 100 species of birds in Indiana during the contest period. All birders finding 100 species will receive a commemorative IBBBY sticker or decal provided by Indiana Audubon (see attachment).  The real challenge will be for birders to find and log 200 species of birds.  In the spirit of the 100th anniversary of the Indiana State Parks and National Park Service, 100 of the 200 species must have been found on an Indiana State Park (or reservoir) or National Park site in Indiana.  Many great prizes will be available to encourage you to bird our great state during the bicentennial.  Learn more here.

Our 2015 IYBC Award Recipients!

2015 Indiana Young Birder of the Year - Aidan Rominger

2015 Fledgling of the Year - Ryan Barone

2015 Youth Conservation Awareness Award - Matthias Benko

2015 Youth Conservation Awareness Award - Samantha Ackley

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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