IAS Fall Festival 2019
October 4 - October 6$10 – $52
IAS Fall Festival 2019
October 4-6, 2019
Connecting Birds, Science, and People
Plan to join us for a wonderful Fall Festival held during a beautiful time of year. Reaching out to the scientific community, the Indiana Audubon Society is bringing together members, scientists, and the fall migration of birds for our annual Fall Festival, being held this year at Brown County State Park.
The daily Entrance Fee of $7.00 (in state) may be collected unless you have an annual State Park Pass. For those attending the Saturday night keynote dinner, your entry to the state park on Saturday will be included!
Overnight accommodations will be available at the Abe Martin Lodge. Rooms with 2 queen beds = $125.44, including taxes. Please call 1-877-563-4371 to make reservations by September 3rd and use the group code of “1004IA”. The town of Nashville is 3 miles to the west. Visit browncounty.com for more information.
Festival Registration is $52 for early birds, through September 15. Add the Saturday night keynote dinner for $25. Youth rates are $10. Don’t delay!
Full Event Schedule Below
*All times are Eastern Daylight Time*
Friday, October 4
5:00pm-8:00pm Registration Open (Lodge Main Lobby)
6:00pm-7:00pm Birds of Prey with Indiana Raptor Center (Priness Hall)
Meet some resident education ‘ambassadors’ of this rescue and rehabilitation center that is located nearby in Brown County. Hear some of their most interesting stories as well as raptor biology, and the challenges birds of prey face in coexisting with us humans.
7:30pm-9:00pm Night Hike and Owl Prowl (Lodge Entrance)
Join IAS Board Member, Richard Garrett, to explore the most interesting areas of the nocturnal world of the park. We might see or hear Great Horned, Barred, or Screech Owls. Bring your flashlight or head lamp and prepare for a short carpool if needed.
Saturday, October 5
6:45am-11:00am Registration Open (Lodge Main Lobby)
7:15am-11:00am Birding Trip- Yellowwood State Forest (Lodge Entrance)
Join IAS Member David Rupp, of IndiGo Birding Nature Tours on a carpool/caravan birding trip through Yellowwood State Forest in search of migrating songbirds like warblers, kinglets, thrushes, and more. Stops may include Yellowwood Lake, T. C. Steele State Historic Site, and/or Crooked Creek State Recreation Area. Be prepared for some relaxed and easy hiking.
7:30am-11:00am Birding Trip- Brown County State Park (Lodge Entrance)
Join IAS Member Amy Kearns for a look at the fall migrants moving in Indiana’s largest state park. Prepare to carpool to multiple sites as we seek out the birds in this beautiful state park.
7:45am-11:00am Birding Trip- Stonehead Nature Preserve (Lodge Entrance)
Join Indiana Audubon executive director, Brad Bumgardner, for a search of late migrating warblers and sparrows in the nearby Zimmerman Wetlands and Stonehead Nature Preserve.
8:00am-10:30am Beginning Birding Walk- Brown County State Park (Lodge Entrance)
Join IAS Members, Mark Welter, for a look at the fall migrants moving in Indiana’s largest state park. Prepare to carpool to multiple sites as we seek out the birds in this beautiful state park.
11:00am-12:00pm Adventures with John James Audubon (Priness Hall)
Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will portray John James Audubon in this interactive monologue that will bring to life the experiences that Audubon recorded in his journals. Explore the wilds as Audubon saw it 200 years ago as Fox tells the tales of birding with Audubon.
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch (On your own)
12:00pm-2:00pm Board of Directors Meeting (Melodeon Hall)
IAS Officers and Board of Directors will hold their scheduled meeting. Members are welcome to attend as visitors.
1:30pm-2:30pm Birds and Environmental Change (Priness Hall A)
Professor Adam Fudickar, Research Scientist at Indiana University, will discuss the popular topic of climate change, but reveal that there are other significant human disturbances that cause concern for avian populations. Find out how we can all personally take action to mitigate environmental responses.
1:30pm-2:30pm Birding by Intuition (Priness Hall B)
David Rupp, IAS Member and owner of IndiGo Birding Nature Tours, will lead us through bird identification techniques patterned after Kevin T Karlson’s book, Birding by Impression (Peterson Field Guide series). Getting to know birds by not just relying on field marks will add to your enjoyment of birding.
3:00pm-4:00pm The Making of an Indiana Paradise: Falling Springs Bird Sancutary (Priness Hall A)
What happens when two dedicated conservationists seek out and find the potential for their little slice of heaven? You get the birth of a great birding destination that John and Karen Lindsey have chosen to share with the birding community. Explore the caves and ravines that gave birth to the Falling Springs Bird Sanctuary in this special program.
3:00pm-4:00pm Juncos and Our Environment (Priness Hall B)
Professor Ellen Ketterson, Director of Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute, will share her experiences in the study of juncos, the most popular backyard bird, and the Junco project that produced an educational film.
4:30pm-5:30pm Nature Journaling (Priness Hall A)
Joni James, IAS Member, and Director and Creator of Heron Watch Nature Programs, will lead us through exercises to enhance and record our observations of and experiences in nature. All supplies will be provided.
4:30pm-5:30pm Birding in the Indiana State Parks (Priness Hall B)
Ginger Murphy, Deputy Director of Indiana Dunes State Park, has visited and birded in many State Park properties through the years. Hear her fascinating stories of her most interesting encounters and favorite parks to find our unique birds around the state.
5:30pm-6:00pm Pre-Dinner Social and Silent Auction (Melodeon Hall)
Cash Bar Service will be offered by Abe Martin Lodge.
Silent Auction items will be displayed until 15 minutes after the Keynote Presentation has concluded. Winning bids will be donated to the Mumford and Keller Grant/Scholarship Program to be distributed by the IAS Awards Committee to individuals and organizations seeking funding for activities related to Indiana’s natural resources, particularly those related to Indiana’s avifauna, that promote the IAS Mission.
6:00pm-6:30pm Annual Membership Meeting (Melodeon Hall)
IAS President Amy Wilms will lead us through Officer Reports, Elections of Officers and Board of Directors, and Presentation of Awards.
6:30pm-7:30pm Keynote Dinner and Presentation: Jay Bolden (Melodeon Hall)
Jay Bolden: Connecting Birds, Science, and People
As a Senior Consultant Biologist at Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis, and an IAS Member, Jay Bolden is helping to save Horseshoe Crabs and the endangered rufa Red Knot by testing a synthetic alternative to the crab blood that is used by the pharmaceutical industry. Jay will discuss his biomedical revolution research, and share his experiences in Delaware Bay, New Jersey, the world’s largest concentration of Horseshoe Crabs, as featured on the popular WNYC podcast Radiolab.
Jay will also explain his connection to Deborah Cramer, author of The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey. Red Knots are accompanied on their extraordinary migration from Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, to Arctic breeding grounds. IAS will have a limited number of these books on hand for purchase.
Sunday, October 6
7:30am-11:00am Birding Trip- Yellowwood State Forest (Lodge Entrance)
Join IAS Executive Director, Brad Bumgardner, on a carpool/caravan birding trip through Yellowwood State Forest in search of migrating songbirds like warblers, kinglets, thrushes, and more. Stops may include Yellowwood Lake, T. C. Steele State Historic Site, and/or Crooked Creek State Recreation Area. Be prepared for some relaxed and easy hiking.
8:00am-11:00am Birding Trip- Brown County State Park (Lodge Entrance)
Join IAS Member, John Lindsey, for a look at the fall migrants moving in Indiana’s largest state park. Prepare to carpool to multiple sites as we seek out the birds in this beautiful state park.
9:00am-11:00am Bird Banding with Amy Wilms (Nature Center)
Join Amy Wilms at the Nature Center to see the birds up close that come to the feeders. Amy became a Master Bird Bander in 2017 and conducts banding activities at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.