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.


The Indiana Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization continuously operating in Indiana. It is not a chapter of the National Audubon Society, but actually an independent statewide organization. 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.


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.

1921 DUES

Active Membership, Annually – $1.00

Contributing Membership, Annually – $5.00

Life Membership, No Dues – $25


The purpose and objective of this Society is to engage in educational, scientific, investigative, literary, historical, philanthropic and charitable pursuits which protect and conserve our natural resources including water, air, soil, plants and wildlife, especially birds, and to stimulate in Indiana public appreciation of the values of such natural resources and the need for their conservation.

Officers of the Indiana Audubon Society

The Indiana Audubon Society is governed by a Board of Directors and meet a minimum of 3 times per year. Officers are members of the Society and include a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.

In addition, there are nine (9) elected Directors.

The immediate Past President, the Indiana Audubon Quarterly and Cardinal editors and the webmaster also serve as members of the Board of Directors.

Current Board and Staff


Executive Director – Brad Bumgardner, Chesterton


President – Amy Wilms, Connersville

Vice President – Kim Ehn, Porter

Secretary – Allee Forsberg, Westfield

Treasurer – Josh Hill, Carmel

5th Executive Committee Member – Shari McCollough




Indiana Audubon Quarterly – Brad Bumgardner

Cardinal – *Annie Aguirre

Website – Amy Wilms

DIRECTORS (3 Year Terms)
Ends December 2019 (3)

Shari Schultz McCullough, Crawfordsville

Mark Welter, Indianapolis

Richard Garrett, Greenfield

Ends December 2020 (3)

John Lindsey, French Lick

Matt Beatty, Valparaiso

April Raver, Marion

Ends December 2021 (3)

Rhiannon Thunell, Greenwood

Philip English, Richmond

Serves on the Board as a representative for editors.

Board of Director Meetings

The Board of Directors hold three (3) meetings per year. Meeting are held:

January – Time and place determined by the President

Spring- Time and place determined by the President

Fall- Time and place determined by the President


The standing committees include:
Field Trips
Indiana Bird Records

IDBF (ad hoc)
Bird Town (ad hoc)  
Year Listers (ad hoc)

These committees perform the duties as prescribed in the Standing Rules and those assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.


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.  Nominate an individual through the online form below each award description.

The Earl Brooks Award

The Earl Brooks Award is given “for advancement of conservation of natural resources in Indiana”. Recipients do not have to be a member of the Indiana Audubon Society.  Typical recipients have dedicated decades towards natural resource management and bird conservation in the state.

Interested in nominating someone?

Deadline to nominate is September 1 each year. 

For questions and inquiries, contact Awards Chair, Kim Ehn.

Past recipients include: Dorothy Buck, Robert Cooper, Justin Roberts, Henry West, Mary and Clifford Gough, William Barnes, James and Amy Mason, Charles and Juanita Wise, Jane and Thomas Dustin, Jack Munsee, Robert McIlwain, Deanna and Denzel Barricklow, Jim Jontz, J. Dan Webster, James Cope, Howard Michaud, Mildred Campbell, Frenchy and Katie Van Huffel, Russell Mumford, Donna McCarty, Paul Carmony, Lee and Celia Parsons, Robert Baker, Tom and Lovetta Stankus, Charles Keller, Paul Steffen, Tom Potter, John Castrale, Robert Buskirk, Alan Bruner, Ted Heemstra, Dr. Kenneth Brock, Lee Sterrenburg, Sharon Sorenson, Ken Brunswick and Joni James.

Earl Brooks Award Nomination Form

The James H. Mason Service Award

The James H. Mason Service Award is given annually. The recipient must be a member of the Indiana Audubon Society. This award was initiated in 1990.

“The James H. Mason Service Award is presented to members of the Indiana Audubon Society who have dedicated themselves through service to the society. It is rare when the commitment exhibited by James H. Mason is seen in individuals. It serves as an inspiration and focus for others, to work with such individuals. This award recognizes and expresses heartfelt appreciation for those IAS members who evoke the memory and dedication of James H. Mason.”

Interested in nominating someone? Complete the online form below.  Deadline to nominate is September 1 each year. 

For questions and inquiries, contact Awards Chair, Kim Ehn.

Folks who have received the award in the past are: Patricia Newforth, Henry West, Robert Miller, Mary and Cliff Gough, Jack Munsee, Rob and Rita Rutledge, John Castrale, Denzel Barricklow, Gene Yates, Allen King, Lynn Miller, J. Dan Webster, Charles and Shirley Keller, Karen Henman, Deanna Wade, Scott and Brad Jackson, Tim and Pamela Keller,  Dick Patterson, Vic Riemenschneider, Scott Arvin, Amy Wilms, Sally Routh, Margaret Schwarz, and Gary Bowman.

James H. Mason Nomination Form

The Mumford and Keller Grant/Scholarship Program

The Mumford and Keller Grant/Scholarship Program  is used to award funds to individuals and organizations seeking funding for activities related to Indiana’s natural resources, particularly those related to Indiana’s avifauna, that-promote the Indiana Audubon Society’s mission.  This program was created in 2010, and receives annual funding from the Indiana Audubon Society annual budget, as well as proceeds from the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival silent auction and raffle.

Awards are announced annually. 

Annual applications are accepted beginning in June and are due by September 1 each year for consideration by the Awards Committee.  Over $5,000 will be awarded in 2019. 

For questions and inquiries, contact Awards Chair, Kim Ehn.

2018 award recipients include:

  1. Indiana Birding Trail. $450. Audubon/DNR Steering Committee. Creation of thematic logo for media advancement. This trail will offer 60 statewide birding locations for beginner and intermediate birders.
  2. Birds, Skulls, & Feathers. $265. Indiana Young Birders Club- North Chapter. Educational interactive materials. The activities provided will engage young birders at booths and monthly events.
  3. Workshop at Natural Encounters, Inc. –Contemporary Animal Training & Management. $1000. Jemma McElroy. State-of-the-Art hands-on course will update the skills of the Assistant Manager at Eagle Creek Ornithology Center.
  4. Motus Receiver. $1200, Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. Funds will cover operation costs of registration of the Motus Station at MGBS.
  5. Field Guides for Farm Kids. $215. Amy Kearns (DNR). Twenty Kauffman Bird ID Guides will be distributed to farm youth to encourage birding as a way to preserve habitats for birds like the Loggerhead Shrike.
  6. Birding Eco-tourism Interpretive Signs. $400. Juan Diego Vargas. Lifer Nature Tours and National System of Conservation Areas of Costa Rica will place signs that describe the conservation of the area and the migration story of birds from North America.
  7. Indiana Birds of Prey in the Classroom. $300 Mark Booth. Live bird-of-prey program will be offered to a winning member of IAS to give to the school classroom of their choice.
  8. The Value of Small Birds. $100. Pat Knight. Funds given to encourage production of an educational power point presentation to groups in Northern Indiana.

2019 deadline is September 1, 2019

Mumford and Keller Grant/Scholarship Application Form

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