About IAS Share & Connect

The Indiana Audubon Society Share & Connect program is a new initiative to promote, inspire, and facilitate the next generation of bird enthusiasts and conservationists in Indiana.  Share & Connect collects donated new and gently used birding equipment (binoculars, scopes, field guides) and helps connect the donor to Hoosiers looking for assistance with building their birding passion.  

Share & Connect is designed for young birders, under-served birding community members, and others that can demonstrate a need for birding equipment to further their interest in birding and conservation in Indiana and beyond.  The program is run by generous support of donations and seeks working binoculars, spotting scopes, birding field guides relevant to Indiana birding, and other accessories that help someone advance their skills and interest.  Interested individuals who wish to be considered for the program should complete the application form below.  Applicants should demonstrate a genuine desire and need for the equipment and must pay any required shipping costs to receive the equipment if they are accepted.


Donate to Share & Connect

Donations by birders like you are the backbone of this program.  Please consider sending us your new and gently used equipment and field guides.  Donations can be sent to the address below.  Inquire here if you have questions about a particular donation or you’re interested in a monetary donation.

IAS Share & Connect
c/o Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary
3499 Bird Sanctuary Rd
Connersville, IN 47331


Apply for Share & Connect

First Name
Last Name
Street Address
Apartment Number
Zip Code
Email Address
Are you under 18 years of age?
If under 18 years of age, you must have your parent(s) or guardian(s) permission to complete this form. If you have been given permission, please enter the name, address, and email of one of your parent's or guardian's.
Parent or Guardian First Name
Parent or Guardian Last Name
Parent or Guardian Email Address
Interested in?
Choose one
Are you a current IAS member?
(Non-membership does not disqualify you)
In the space below, please describe your interest in birding and conservation and how this program could benefit you. Also please explain your need for the donation from Share & Connect. You may wish to type it out and copy/paste into the box when you are ready. (min 300 words)
Policy and Terms

Equipment and guides will be given away through this online submission. A submission or request for a donation is not a guarantee. Only a limited number of equipment and guides are available and this offer is only good when supplies have been donated. Applicants must live in Indiana to apply. Please do not submit for more than 1 submission per household. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact us at: bbumgardner@indianaaudubon.org. If selected to receive a donation, you must pay shipping to receive the donation, it may take 2-4 weeks for processing and shipment.

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