Join or Donate

Becoming an Amos Butler Audubon Society member means that your money stays here in Central Indiana. Your membership and donation at the local level allows us to fund conservation and education projects in Central Indiana. Without your help we would not be as successful as we have been since 1938. Click HERE to learn about the benefits of becoming a member.

Time for Birdathon 2020

The Birdathon will go on as usual, at least from a fundraising standpoint. We have six wonderful grants to fund this year and need to raise almost $24,000. What a great time to donate while we are “safer at home.” The rules for the Big Day have an adjustment to help with social distancing during this outbreak. You can see details here on the Team Guideline page.

Details of the grants can be found on the main Birdathon page along with results from previous Birdathons and species counts as teams complete their big days.

Most importantly, your donations can be done online using PayPal, a credit card processed by PayPal, or through the mail. See the Donation page for details and thank you for your generous support.

Events & Activities


LifeLines May/Jun 2020

NOTE - Most May events in this newsletter are being canceled. Check the ABAS website calendar for updates. Corvids or COVID? Birding While Self-Isolating; Girls Gone Birding; Behind the Lens: Jason Jablonski; A Career in Birding: Sabrewing Nature Tours; Birdathon 2020; May Program: The Dark Side of Lepidoptera (being rescheduled to fall); Volunteer Training; Local Bird Hikes (almost all are being canceled)

April 30th, 2020|

LifeLines Mar/Apr 2020

Sound Advice: How to be All-ears this Spring; Behind the Lens: Shari McCollough; Help Birds at Home: Certified Wildlife Habitat Program; Dr. Karen Rasmussen Bequest: The Power of Giving; Three Rasmussen Projects – 1) White River Bluffs Nature Preserve by CILTI, 2) Outdoor Learning Lab at Holliday Park, 3) International Crane Foundation Whooping Crane Awareness in Indiana; March Program: A Season on the Wind: Spring Migration through the Midwest; April Program: Bird Rehabilitation with Liz Hatton; Woodcock Walks; Smith's Longspur Field Trip; Beers with Birders; Local Bird Hikes

March 1st, 2020|

Latest Info

Connect with Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter and Instagram. We would love to hear from you!

Facebook Feed

Amos Butler Audubon Society
Amos Butler Audubon Society updated their cover photo.Saturday, July 4th, 2020 at 4:03pm
Happy Independence Day from the Amos Butler Audubon Society! We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Forth of July weekend.
Amos Butler Audubon Society
Amos Butler Audubon SocietyFriday, May 22nd, 2020 at 1:32am
ABAS Birdathon Fundraising Reminder!

Teams across central Indiana have been setting out on their Big Day!

We still need your help to raise more than $23,000 to benefit the birds of central Indiana. Birdathon grants will purchase winter habitat for migratory songbirds, support local bird-friendly habitat restoration projects, and help community education projects about the importance of birds.

You can donate to Birdathon throughout the year. Your donations will go to next year’s grants.

Here is a couple of photos from Team Wild Birds Unlimited during their Big Day!


Scarlet Tanager - Photo by Amy Hodson
Swainson's Thrush - Photo by Brian Cunningham
Green Heron - Photo by Amy Hodson
Amos Butler Audubon Society
Amos Butler Audubon SocietyMonday, May 11th, 2020 at 1:50am
It's a perfect day to talk about another one of the hopeful grant recipients from this year's Birdathon fundraising!

Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators – $1,900 grant

Camp Utopia

With support from previous Birdathon grants, Camp Utopia has been able to double participation in its week-long summer camp for children aged 10 to13! Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators focuses on birds, teaching its campers about habitat, native Indiana and urban wildlife, endangered species, and careers in conservation and wildlife. Grant funds will pay for journals, binoculars, field guides, daypack, and transportation to the camp.

Let's help Camp Utopia teach our kids more about birds, wildlife and conservation by donating at the link below. Be sure to designate your favorite Birdathon team in the dropbox available. ❤️

Amos Butler Audubon Society
Amos Butler Audubon SocietySunday, May 10th, 2020 at 10:39pm
Amos Butler Audubon Society is wishing all of the wonderful Mother's out there a very Happy Mother's Day! Thank you for always watching over your flock and for everything you do for your chicks. We hope you've had a wonderful day!

Canada Goose
Photo courtesy of Amy Hodson
May 2020
Amos Butler Audubon Society
Amos Butler Audubon SocietySaturday, May 9th, 2020 at 12:33am
It's Birdathon Time!

Let's talk about the American Bird Conservancy.

The American Bird Conservancy – $15,000 grant
Improving Migratory Bird Habitat in Colombia

This year the Amos Butler Audubon Society is celebrating the 20th-anniversary of our collaboration with ABC in conservation efforts in Latin America. We are particularly excited to return to Colombia and help again with efforts for the Cerulean Warbler.

Working groups have identified key hotspots and wintering range in Colombia for not only the Cerulean Warbler, but also Golden-winged and Canada Warblers, all three of which are facing population declines due to habitat loss.

Birdathon contributions would fund planting 18,000(!!!) native trees along the banks of rivers and streams in the Chinchiná watershed. These trees would help create mini-corridors of habitat and enrich forest fragments around coffee farms. The ultimate goal over the next two to three years is to produce and plant 100,000 trees from established nurseries with 13,000 trees ready to plant this spring.

Please help us support the American Bird Conservancy by donating at the link below. Be sure to designate your favorite Birdathon Team in the dropbox available. ❤️


Cerulean Warbler
Photo courtesy of Adam Wilson
Amos Butler Audubon Society
Amos Butler Audubon SocietyTuesday, May 5th, 2020 at 10:25pm
The show must go on!

This global pandemic has been difficult for all of us. Sometimes the simple flit of a bird through your binocular view is all that is needed to have a small sense of "normalcy".

Even though our regularly scheduled field trips and hikes have been cancelled, and our monthly programs have been postponed, the show must go on for one Amos Butler Audubon Society tradition.

The Birdathon season is HERE!!

This year's Birdathon is going to be different than the rest. With some adjusted rules and allowances to keep within the social distancing guidelines from our state and national government, TWELVE Birdathon teams will hit the trails this May in search for the most species of birds in a single 24-hour period.

We need your help! Due to these uncertain times, our Birdathon fundraising efforts are taking a major hit. There are some fantastic grants that we hope to fund for 2020. To learn more, please follow the link below. You can read more about the wonderful grants for this year, see the results from past Birdathons, AND MAKE YOUR DONATION!

It's #GivingTuesdayNow and the birds and migrants of central Indiana need your help! Please help us help the birds we all love. ❤️


Blackburnian Warbler
Hamilton County Indiana
Photo courtesy of Amy Hodson

Latest Tweets

Sunday, June 30th, 2019 at 2:57pm
We had a short, but great Bird Walk at Garfield Park on Saturday. My favorite bird is the Cedar Waxwing, so just having that on the list is a win in my opinion (Jessica Helmbold, ABAS Education Chair).... https://t.co/3mxwjjnMw5
Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 1:34pm

Join Mark Welter TOMORROW as he leads you on a trip to Kankakee Sands in search of breeding sparrows. Kankakee Sands is a birder’s paradise for nesting prairie species. The 7,000+... https://t.co/wPd4Mb6TeJ
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 10:42pm
Big thanks to Brian Cunningham for an informative and fun program tonight on why feeding birds makes a difference! You have to love a presenter that brings door prizes for his audience!
Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at 8:30am
Did you know that there are local bird hikes all around the Indianapolis area? Here is a list of the April bird walks welcoming birders of all skill levels! Find one near you, and be sure to check out the calendar on our website for... https://t.co/AzpBtDf8L1
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 8:05pm
**Upcoming Workshop Reminder!**
Just in time for spring migration!

Join Scott Enochs, warbler identification enthusiast and Field Trip Chair for ABAS, for a crash course in warbler identification. We will start in... https://t.co/QWt1jNIzXi
Sunday, March 31st, 2019 at 3:17pm
**Upcoming Monthly Program Reminder!**
Join Brian Cunningham, Product and Hobby Education Manager for Wild Birds Unlimited and ABAS Board Director, for an informative program about feeding the birds!

Anyone who has... https://t.co/i9FeKKokFl

Instagram Feed

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 at 8:31am
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 at 8:31am
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 at 8:31am
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 at 8:31am
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 at 8:31am
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 at 8:31am