May/June 2014 Newsletter
Featured in this edition:
- Program on the Proposed Mounds Reservoir
- Birdathon 2014
- Spring Bird Walks
- Morgan-Monroe State Forest Field Trip
- Seeking Input on Our 2014-16 Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan Input
The Amos Butler Audubon Board of Directors is seeking input from YOU to assist in crafting a strategic plan for 2014-16. The online survey will only take a few minutes to complete and it provides you with an opportunity to let us know what you like, don't like, and what may be missing at Amos Butler Audubon. YES, WE REALLY WANT TO KNOW!
Visit HERE to participate in the survey at surveymonkey.com. You do not have to provide any personal details and your response is anonymous. The website address for the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L2G68DB
The Board of Directors thanks you for your survey participation and support! The survey results will help us develop our next strategic plan, so we can offer you better programming in the future.
Opposition to Proposed Mound Reservoir
Amos Butler Audubon, serving central Indiana, stands opposed to the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir in the Anderson area. The project would build a dam across the White River and flood large parts of Mounds State Park, other natural and scenic lands, and private properties. A study is currently being conducted, supported by a grant from the state of Indiana, to assess the feasibility, costs, potential benefits and losses if the reservoir is created.
The ABA board passed the following statement of opposition to the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir:
Amos Butler Audubon will be opposing the proposed Mounds Reservoir because the plans call for the destruction of significant natural areas and habitats, including the loss of a state-protected nature preserve which cannot be replaced. [24-February-2014]
The project would cause a loss of natural lands that would directly affect birds in one of the most significant habitats for wildlife in the Hamilton and Madison county area. Under state law, the dedicated state nature preserve that would be destroyed is supposed to be protected forever. The board feels that anyone who values bird conservation and supports the preservation of lands with great natural and historic importance should consider voicing their opposition to this project.
Volunteer of the Year: Bill Murphy
Bill Murphy received the Donna McCarty Volunteer Service Award for 2013 at the December 2013 Amos Butler Audubon program meeting. Bill’s contributions to Amos Butler Audubon span more than 12 years and include serving on the board of directors, championing the production of the Brock’s Birds of Indiana CD, overseeing website administration, leading out-of-state field trips, and offering his skills in writing and editing. Of course, most Audubon members may know Bill best for his role as editor of the LifeLines newsletter. Bill was presented with a special gift in recognition of he being one of the world's foremost authorities on snail-killing flies. Read more about Bill and why he was recognized in the Jan/Feb 2014 LifeLines newsletter HERE.
Indy Birding Trail
On September 22, 2013, Amos Butler Audubon and the City of Indianapolis announced the launch of the Indy Birding Trail. The announcement was made at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's 100 Acres, which is one of the trail sites. Whether you are a beginning birder or an experienced one, the Indy Birding Trail highlights dozens of natural areas in Marion County. We hope you check out the trail and explore a site that is new to you. For more information, visit HERE.
Events & Activities
Support our chapter's educational programs, conservation projects, and research.
Join Our Mailing List
Subscribe to our newsletter to find out the latest news and information from Amos Butler Audubon.
Find Us On Facebook
Our Facebook page is filled with the latest bird news, profiles of bird species, and bird photos. Check it out right now.
Snowy Owl, Indy Regional Airport, December 2011The irruption of Snowy Owls from Canada into the Northeast and Great Lakes that began in late November is garnering a lot of attention. ...
To celebrate Amos Butler Audubon's 75th anniversary in 2013, we will be introducing you to 75 species of birds during the course of the year on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/amosbutler). ...
Any birder worth their salt knows that birding is a continuous learning process. I've often said that it took me several years of birding before I realized I knew practically...
Snowy Owls cast a bewitching spell over most birders. Here in the Midwest, where the species can be considered rare, the news of a Snowy being sighted tends to draw...
It's quite probable that "construction season" and Amos W. Butler Audubon have never been used in the same sentence. But, indeed, I am here to report that construction season...
You can help us save money, time, and even trees by receiving updates and news via email.