Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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.

Indiana Rarity Sightings
Five Black Vultures at Lake Holiday, Crawdordsville
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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.

IAS Winter UP Owls Tour!


Join IAS for an out of state experience to the snowy north this February!  We'll be seeking out the elusive northern owls and other cool northern birds, February 5-7, 2016. Target birds include Snowy Owl,Great-gray Owl, and Northern Hawk Owl.  Additionally, the area is good for winter finches, including Evening Grosbeaks, redpolls, and Pine Grosbeak.  Other notables include Northern Shrike, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Bald Eagles,Common Raven, Gray Jay (rare), and Rough-legged Hawk.

Trip cost is $45 for IAS members, $65 for non members and includes all guiding. Participants are responsible for all food/drink and hotel fees, as well as transportation to and from the UP.  Register now and join us this February!

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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