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.


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.


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 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, Karen Henman.

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, Joni James, Chuck Mills, and Richard Maxey..

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 April 1 each year. 

For questions and inquiries, contact Awards Chair, Karen Henman.

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, Gary Bowman, Carl Wilms, and Brad Bumgardner.

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. 

For questions and inquiries, contact Awards Chair, Karen Henman.

Recent award recipients include:

  1. Outdoor Birding Station at Knightstown Intermediate School  $552 + bird seed donation
  2. Feather Fest at Fort Wayne Parks  $385 (+ discussion about binoculars)
  3. Bluebird Nest Box Project at Carmel Clay Parks  $628
  4. Wildlife Education at Community Christian School with field trips to MGBS  $1000
  5. Pollinator & Grassland Birds Habitat at Reynolds Creek GHA (IDNR) $1000
  6. Admission Rehab Data (ARC GIS) to Guide Education Efforts by Humane Indiana Wildlife $500
  7. Warming Incubator for Orphaned Birds at Humane Indiana Wildlife $935
  8. Hummingbird Education in Geneva, IN  $500  

2021 deadline is September 1, 2021

Mumford and Keller Grant/Scholarship Application Form

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