The Indiana Audubon Society (IAS) is pleased to announce an exciting membership benefit for our members. Included with your online membership* is a subscription to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s online Birds of the World (BOW), formerly known as Birds of North America (BNA), a comprehensive reference of North America’s breeding birds.

The original print version of BNA encompassed 18 volumes, over 18,000 pages and took the American Ornithologists’ Union, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the Academy of Natural Sciences 10 years to complete.  The online version is an updatable living reference which includes the life history information detailed in the print version and has the added benefit of including calls, songs, video and supplemental information.  Read more about the project here.

The annual BOW subscription cost is $42 but IAS is proud to offer this service to its online members at no additional cost.  IAS is able to provide this benefit due to the tremendous response in migrating mail delivery of The Indiana Audubon Quarterly and The Cardinal to electronic delivery in 2009.  The special committee for Publications and Website proposed the idea to the IAS Board during the January 2010 meeting and it was enthusiastically accepted.  The committee believes the current BOW access to be a significant benefit to current online members.


Access to BOW will be granted on a quarterly basis for all new members.

New access is granted each March, June, September, and December.

The IAS sends updated membership lists to Cornell Lab of Ornithology four times per year. In order to gain access before the next period, you must sign up before the quarterly deadline. Review the schedule as follows:

For March access, you must sign up between December 1 – February 28.
For June access, you must sign up between March 1 – May 31.
For September access, you must sign up between June 1 – August 31.
For December access, you must sign up between September 1 – November 30.


* The BOW benefit will not be included with the Library, Fledgling, and Young Birder memberships.

In order to access BOW, login to the IAS webpage as usual (the login is on the right-hand side of this page).  Once logged in, scroll down this page and click on the BOW button.

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