Saturday, December 20, 2014

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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Christmas Bird Counts in Indiana

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From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

The Indiana Audubon Society compiles information from over 50 counts throughout our state. The data is compiled and published in the Indiana Audubon Quarterly. In addition, IAS provides downloadable data to members. 

Count dates are now online! Find a count near you and enjoy learning about the birds in Indiana.  If you are a count compiler and your information needs to be updated, please fill out our online form and we'll update your information soon. 

View the Indiana Christmas Bird Count dates now!

Winter Feeder Bird Count

Looking for the Winter Feeder Bird Count forms and information? They can be accessed on the Winter Feeder Bird Count 2014-2015 page.

Southern Mexico Trip Offered!

Indiana Audubon Society, in partnership with Tropical Birding, is pleased to announce an IAS fundraising trip to the beautiful 
southern Mexican state of Chiapas!  This area of Mexico is the perfect destination for anyone who’s wanting to dip their toe into Neotropical birding, as well as a exciting trip for the experienced birder. Over 100 of Mexico’s 1,100 bird species are found nowhere else!  

The trip is 14–21 Feb 2015 (8 days).  Trip cost is $2645 (single supplement: $305) from Tuxtla Gutiérrez  Download the trip information here!

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!

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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