To engage in educational, scientific, investigative, literary, historical, philanthropic and charitable pursuits
To protect and conserve our natural resources including water, air, soil, plants and wildlife, especially birds
To stimulate in Indiana public appreciation of the values of such natural resources and the need for their conservation
IAS’ success through the years has been because of so many people who’ve come together to share their love of Indiana birds. We would not be here today without the commitment of so many members and volunteers. It’s your passion that has propelled us to develop a wealth of wonderful programs that benefit Hoosiers and avifauna alike.
Together, we can educate others and share the joy of birding with everyone in the state. We hope you will join us again along the way. Click Here to read the current Strategic Plan. You can also message us to receive a complimentary copy of this plan by mail.
ABOUT THE INDIANA AUDUBON SOCIETY
The Indiana Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization continuously operating in Indiana, and the fourth oldest “Audubon” in the country. It is not a chapter of the National Audubon Society, but actually an independent statewide organization that predates the National Audubon Society. It was organized 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.
Founded in 1898, the IAS is dedicated to fostering the appreciation of migrant and resident bird species that are present in Indiana and other regional areas of the world. The organization also strives to support educational efforts that will promote future generations continuing this tradition in perpetuity. Appreciating the aesthetic contributions that birds provide is an important mission of the Society. Additionally, recognizing that bird species populations are important monitors of the global ecological status, they provide Society with additional motivation for the formal documentation of birds present in the region during various seasons of the year. To advance this purpose, the IAS conducts field trips across the state and holds its state meetings at various locations in Indiana.
The Indiana Audubon Quarterly documents the status of bird populations in Indiana. This publication is currently being archived for on-line distribution to members of the Society. The Cardinal Newsletter presents current events and upcoming activities relating to Society activities. The IAS also supports the Indiana Birds Record Committee, Indiana Bird Checklist and good birding locations around the state.
In the 1940’s, the IAS received a gift from Alice and Findley Gray of Connersville, Indiana. The Grays donated their land in Fayette County, Indiana to the Society in memory of their daughter Mary. This property is named the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary and now encompasses over 700 acres of managed habitat that includes mature woodlands, established prairie, ponds, wetlands and fields in various stages of succession. Trails, meeting space, primitive campgrounds and beautiful seasonal variations bolster the IAS’s mission to promote avian appreciation. Meetings and festivals of the IAS are held at Mary Gray at different times of the year and throughout the state. The Sanctuary is supported by individual donations made to the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, an endowment, and funds held through the Fayette County Foundation in Connersville, Indiana. It is important to note that membership dues to the Indiana Audubon Society do not support the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.
The Society utilizes the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary to collaborate with regional colleges and universities to conduct biological research concerning flora and fauna in Indiana and their intricate relationships. The property has also been utilized for school groups, college classes and summer outdoor educational programs for area youth. Collaboration with local non-profit and service organizations also promotes the mission of the Indiana Audubon Society by sponsoring meeting space at Mary Gray.
The Indiana Audubon Society is governed by a Board of Directors who meet in January, May, and December. Directors meet three times a year in January, May, and October to manage the Society and ensure the mission of the Indiana Audubon Society is adhered to.
INDIANA AUDUBON SOCIETY HISTORY
The Indiana Audubon Society was officially organized in 1898. In 1921, IAS began publishing the Indiana Audubon Bulletin, the publication that we know today as the Indiana Audubon Quarterly. In 1998, Charles Keller published the History of the Indiana Audubon Society: 1898 – 1998. The book is full of old pictures, biographies of the original members and fascinating stories and can be downloaded.
A Glimpse from the Past – Spring 1921
The Indiana Audubon Bulletin – 1921 Issue
Published by the Indiana Audubon Society for the Conservation of Birds
The Aims and Principles of the Indiana Audubon Society
FIRST: To encourage the study of birds, particularly in the schools, and to disseminate literature relating to them.
SECOND: To work for the betterment and enforcement of the State and Federal Laws relating to birds.
THIRD: To discourage the wearing of any feathers except those of the ostrich and domestic fowls.
FORTH: To discourage in every possible way the wanton destruction of wild birds and their eggs.
FIFTH: To restore to our wild birds, wherever practicable, the natural environment of the forest and shrubbery which gave them food, protection, and seclusion.
The Indiana Audubon Society depends for its support on the contributions of its members and friends. It should have an income to meet all fixed expenses. The present income is totally inadequate to meet the urgent and incessantly growing demands.
Haven’t you some friends whom you can introduce to join? Donations or bequests could not be left to a worthier cause.
Active Membership, Annually – $1.00
Contributing Membership, Annually – $5.00
Life Membership, No Dues – $25
INDIANA AUDUBON SOCIETY AWARDS AND GRANTS
The Indiana Audubon Society makes two awards, both annually if there is a qualified recipient: the Earl Brooks Award and the James H. Mason Service Award. The Indiana Audubon Society also awards individuals, organizations, and others through it’s Mumford and Keller Grant/Scholarship Program.