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IAS Fall Festival 2017

October 6 @ 6:00 pm - October 8 @ 12:00 pm EDT

$5 - $69.00


IAS Fall Festival 2017

“Think globally, Act Locally”

October 6-8, 2017

Plan to join us for a wonderful Fall Festival held during the peak of Fall migration at no better place to view the spectacle than Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. This year the Indiana Audubon Society is bringing you an array of talks, hikes, and a field trip to Brookville Reservoir. Additionally, the weekend will include a scavenger hunt, stellar speakers and hike leaders, and a great dinner, conservation award ceremony, election of a new IAS President, and keynote speaker on Saturday evening with a short, fun pre-dinner nature game suitable for the whole family. The festival theme is “Think Globally, Act Locally.” We will focus on how our actions as humans affect our natural areas, reserves, and the species that inhabit them, but the fact is the overall bird population has declined by 37% (State of the Birds Report, 2016).  Though many of our birds are facing dire situations, there is much we can do to help!

Our speakers will include Jim McCormac, author of Birds of Ohio, who will speak Friday evening about Goose Pond Wildlife Area in Linton, IN and the collaborative efforts of many partners in making the area transition from a locally important spot for birds to a nationally important migration area. He uses a professional photographic presentation to present big picture ideas of what can be done on habitat restoration for the gamut of species.

Our Saturday evening Keynote Speaker will be world traveler Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, Director of the Center for Global Soundscapes at Purdue University. Bryan will present an engaging talk after a catered dinner about his soundscape work both globally and locally. When we got in touch with him, he had just returned from western Tanzania studying the soundscapes of primate dominated Miombo woodlands – he called it absolutely fascinating!
He and his lab were recently featured on CNN during an excerpt about Vanishing Species.

Additional speakers and hikes will include some of our very own IAS members and Hoosier birders who will cover an assortment of topics. Breakfast will be served at Markle Barn on Saturday and Sunday. Registration includes Saturday breakfast, lunch, and the keynote Saturday night.  You may add breakfast on Sunday for an additional $5.00. A nature oriented scavenger hunt will be ongoing Saturday with fun things to chase down and a nice prize to the winner. Early registration is open now and is available for IAS members at the reduced rate of $49.  Don’t miss the early bird deadline!  A block of hotel rooms will be available at the Woodridge Inn in Connersville at a special rate of $75 and rustic camping at MGBS is free for members.  Registration is now open!

Full Event Schedule

Friday, October 6
7:30 PM:  Goose Pond: Indiana’s Nationally Important Bird Area
Presenter- Jim McCormac,  Location: Brooks Hall
Jim McCormac , author of Birds of Ohio, will speak Friday evening about Goose Pond Wildlife Area in Linton IN and its value for conservation of biodiversity, especially birds. Even though the wildlife area’s footprint is only about 8,000 acres, its sphere of conservation influence spans much of the Americas when migratory birds are taken into consideration. The area is also a stronghold for migratory Monarch butterflies and a diversity of flora and fauna. Although restoration of the Goose Pond region is relatively recent, the wetland complex has become a showcase for conservation and is well known far beyond the borders of Indiana.

 8:45 PM:  Night Creatures Hike
Leader- Ryan and Dawn Slack,  Location: Brooks Hall
Ryan and Dawn will lead a hike along some of the trails looking and listening for night activity. You may be surprised to learn that we will be looking for more birds than just owls and whippoorwills. A bat detector will be involved and it might end with a barred owl calling contest! Bring a flashlight and any memories of this hike you have that Denzil Barricklow used to lead at the Sanctuary decades ago.


Saturday, October 7 
7:00 AM: Breakfast at the Barn
Location: Markle Barn
Join the sanctuary committee for a great breakfast of flapjacks, bacon, fresh fruit, coffee, juice and milk in the Markle Barn. The members love providing this meal! And they look forward to sharing the morning with you.

7:30 AM: Morning Birding
Location: Brooks Hall
Fall is a great time to be outside and it’s even better when you are birding! Please join us for an early morning bird walk through the Sanctuary.  We’ll be seeking out late migrating warblers, as well as the influx of sparrows to the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.

8:00 AM: Scavenger Hunt
Location: Brooks Hall
Come to Brooks Hall early and often to get involved in a nature-oriented scavenger hunt that will surely be a big hit.  Some things will be collected with your hands and minds using clues and others will be captured with photos of known and possibly previously unknown areas of the Sanctuary.  A nice prize that will help the winner Act Locally is involved in this one!

9:30 AM: Bird Banding Research Hike
Location: Brooks Hall
Past president, Amy Wilms, will lead a hike throughout the many net lanes of the Sanctuary and feature some of her research. Take a hike with Amy to learn what a special thing it is for MGBS to be a MAPS banding station, joining the likes of most of our National Parks and military lands.

10:30 AM: Habitat Restoration Hike
Location: Brooks Hall
Dawn Slack will lead a hike featuring the ongoing habitat restoration efforts at the Sanctuary. It will feature ongoing efforts to improve the MGBS ecosystem featuring the history of wildlife plantings at MGBS and the efforts to restore invaded habitat. You will be sure to have hands on learning of invasive species identification and things you can do at home to help improve your homescape habitat and why you should.

12:00 PM: Lunch at the Barn
Location: Markle Barn
Join us for lunch! Lunch is provided by the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary Committee and is included with registration.

12:45 PM-2:45 PM: IAS Board Meeting
Location: Brooks Hall
Members are welcome to attend. Led by IAS President Jeff Canada.

3:30 PM: Hummingbirds 101
Location: Brooks Hall
Join Amy and Carl as they present fun facts about hummingbirds and updates on their ongoing research at the Sanctuary, and what’s to come. Casual birders and college professors alike are learning new things from this fun presentation that Amy and Carl present in a fun way.

6:30 PM: Dinner, Awards, and Membership Meeting
Location: Brooks Hall
This year dinner will be served in Brooks Hall. The evening events will begin around 6:30 PM and will include the Awards Presentation, a Brief Membership Meeting including election of a new IAS President, followed by a game of “Nature Telestrations” played at your table followed by dinner and the keynote presentation.

7:30 PM: Global Soundscapes: The Vanishing Species
Keynote Presenter- Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, Location: Brooks Hall
Our keynote is a global traveler. In fact, when we got in touch with him, he had just returned from western Tanzania studying the soundscapes of primate dominated Miombo woodlands,-he called it absolutely fascinating! He and his lab were recently featured on CNN during an excerpt on Vanishing Species.

As the Director of Purdue’s Center for Global Soundscapes, Dr. Pijanowski oversees an amazing project aimed at ensuring the preservation of Earth’s natural acoustic heritage. The sounds of our planet are important to its survival, and these sounds are a valuable part of a person’s attachment to place and are integrated into society’s complex fabric. As the Director, Dr. Pijanowski attempts to translate the energy and enthusiasm we have for nature into everything the project does – teaching, research and engagement with the public. Comparing the dawn chorus of different ecosystems, studying how 19th century naturalists and 20th century scholars have used their observation skills so that their work has high impact within science and society; and how new tools can be used to do work that has never before been attempted.  Come explore this amazing global project.


Sunday, October 8
7:00 AM: Breakfast at the Barn
Location: Markle Barn
Join the sanctuary committee for a great breakfast of flapjacks, bacon, fresh fruit, coffee, juice and milk in the Markle Barn. The members love providing this meal! And they look forward to sharing the morning with you.

7:30 AM: Morning Birding
Location: Brooks Hall
Fall is a great time to be outside and it’s even better when you are birding! Please join us for an early morning bird walk through the Sanctuary.  We’ll be seeking out late migrating warblers, as well as the influx of sparrows to the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.

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7:30 AM: Brookville Reservoir Area Field Trip
Location: Brooks Hall
Join IAS Board Member, Kim Ehn, and Whitewater Memorial State Park Interpretive Naturalist, Kristie Ridgway, and others for a tour of migration hot spots around Brookville Reservoir. The reservoir can serve as a magnet for many migrating birds, as well as their well known Black Vulture congregations.  This field trip will be back by late morning.

The Indiana Audubon Society would like to thank you for attending.  In addition we want to send a note of sincere appreciation to our Resident Managers and Caretaker as well as the Sanctuary Committee Members for all the volunteer hours preparing and working at the Sanctuary!  Thank you all.

Details

Start:
October 6 @ 6:00 pm
End:
October 8 @ 12:00 pm
Cost:
$5 - $69.00
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Organizer

Brad Bumgardner
Email:
bumgbj01@hotmail.com

Venue

Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary
3499 S Bird Sanctuary Rd
Connersville, IN 47331 United States
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Phone:
765-827-5109
Website:
https://www.indianaaudubon.org

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