Indiana Audubon Society serves communities statewide. Its members are as diverse as the natural regions that make up this great state. Our outreach and education focuses on helping Hoosiers of different communities to cultivate an understanding of the environment and our interrelationships with the natural world. To reach these goals, we provide the following outreach:
Two workshops are currently provided to foster an appreciation for the birds of Indiana. A 3-hour Crash Course to Indiana Birding is offered at our Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary and other parks and nature centers around state. This introduction to birding covers the history of ornithology to its popularity today. A bird walk with instruction on binocular and field guide use also accompanies the workshop. Over 100 species of common Indiana birds are introduced to participants.
A Bird Sounds ID Workshop is a more advanced 3-hour workshop designed to introduce participants to the world of bird sounds around them. Why birds sing, what they mean, and dissecting a song from a call are all covered during this interactive workshop. Time is made to do some birding in the field to practice some bird sound ID skills.
Bluebird Box Workshops are popular with many civic groups. These 2 hour workshops can be put on with the beautiful Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary setting as a back drop. Participants build and take home their own box, as well as receive tips on how to manage and care for the box.
Through the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, IAS provides school programs directly to students year round. We offer a wide variety of programs on site as well as at our sanctuary. Program costs are as low as $1/student per program.
We also provide teacher assistance with writing funding proposals, creating outdoor learning areas, and providing additional staff support to our educators throughout the state. Email us to schedule a school program or with additional questions.
In 2018, Indiana Audubon is bringing Indiana for the Birds to 50 classrooms throughout the state. Indiana for the Birds provides educational materials, bird feeders, bird seed, and live birds of prey (for select schools) for elementary teachers and other educators free of cost. To learn more or apply for Indiana for the Birds, click here. This program was funded by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund.
Indiana Audubon offers custom and private bird guiding services through it’s Executive Director, Brad Bumgardner. Bumgardner is a former Indiana State Park naturalist with nearly 30 years of birding experience. Guiding services can be for individuals or groups. Click here to download a field checklist of birds seen in the state. Guiding can occur at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, Indiana Dunes, or other properties around the state. Contact us for availability or larger group rates.
2018 Private Rates:
1-2 Hour (up to 2 people): $30
(3-4 people): $50
½ day birding (1-2 people): $80
(3-4 people): $100
Full Day Birding (1-2 people): $140
(3-4 people): $160
2018 Group Rates:
1-2 Hour (5-20 people): $75
½ day birding (5-20 people): $200
Full Day Birding (5-20 people): $350
Indiana Audubon Society directors provide an assortment of outreach programs for local libraries, Audubon chapters, nature centers, nature clubs, and other groups. Base program fee rates apply based on the program and group size. A sampling of some recent programs are below. Custom programs can also be requested. Contact us to schedule a program with your group.
- Sandhill Cranes in Indiana (optional fall tour to Jasper Pulaski for additional fee)
- eBird 101
- A Dunes Birding Festival Primer
- American Kestrels in Indiana (live bird program)
- IAS Birding in Cuba
- RADAR Ornithology
- Banding Saw-whet Owls in Indiana
- Bats of Indiana
- Fall Feeder Finches in Indiana
Do you have a partnership opportunity for Indiana Audubon Society? Don’t hesitate to contact us!