Who We Are

Black and White WarblerAmos Butler Audubon was first established in 1938 as the Indiana Audubon Society Amos W. Butler District. In 1952 the name was changed in conjunction with the Board's decision to officially became a grassroots chapter of the the National Audubon Society. If you are wondering who Amos Butler was, he was a man widely considered to be Indiana's greatest naturalist. Among his many accomplishments, in 1890 Amos Butler published The Birds of Indiana, the first book of its kind for the state.

The mission of Amos Butler Audubon is "To promote the enjoyment and stewardship of birds in Central Indiana". We do this by:

  • Hosting monthly educational meetings with presentations on a wide variety of topics
  • Offering field trips throughout the state and beyond
  • Monitoring and addressing issues in Indiana that involve birds and their habitat partnering with other organizations to protect and preserve birds and their habitats.

Our chapter covers Indianapolis (Marion County) and the surrounding counties of Boone, Hendricks, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Shelby and northern Morgan.

Amos Butler Audubon has a long and successful history of championing the cause of birds in central Indiana. Some of the recent Amos Butler Audubon accomplishments include assisting in the purchase and preservation of the largest rookery of Great Blue Herons in Indiana.  Now called the Millard Sutton/Amos Butler Audubon Nature Preserve, Audubon was a major financial contributor toward the purchase of the 76 acres of wooded land along an oxbow of the White River in Johnson County, south of Indianapolis.  To protect the nesting herons, this site is not open to the public.

More recently Audubon assisted in the purchase and preservation of Burr Oak Bend, a 120-acre site along the White River in Hamilton County, north of Indianapolis. The site is an extensive intact forested riparian corridor along a high quality stretch of the White River. It is being restored from an agricultural field to 31.5 acres of mixed hardwood forest and 12.5 acres of prairie.

As a 501C-3 non-profit organization, our primary fundraising efforts take place during our annual Birdathon event in the spring. Audubon has had great success with this event and has raised more than $500,000 since 1987 for conservation and education projects.  This consistent achievement is largely the fruit of the notable commitment and work done by the long-time Birdathon Chairperson Donna McCarty.

To view a list of current Officers and Directors of Amos Butler Audubon, click here.

To read our 2010 Annual Update (PDF format), click here.

To learn about Audubon's Important Bird Areas Program, especially our Indiana program, click here.

To read the History of the Amos W. Butler Audubon Society, by Charles Keller, click here.

To read Common Birds of Indiana (1945), by Earl Brooks (PDF format), click here.

To read the Breeding Birds of Eagle Creek Park - Summer 2006, by James Cole (PDF format), click here.

To read about Sassafras Audubon's Birding Guide to South-Central Indiana, click here.

To read the IDNS's Rare and Endangered Animals of Indiana, click here.


Events & Activities

Sunday October 2,
9:00 AM -

Eagle Creek - Bird Hikes

Saturday October 8,
6:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Sparrow Field Trip – Goose Pond FWA

Sunday October 9,
9:00 AM -

Eagle Creek - Bird Hikes

Tuesday October 11,
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Gene Stratton-Porter's Birding Legacy

Sunday October 16,
9:00 AM -

Eagle Creek - Bird Hikes

Saturday October 22,
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Wetlands Educational Workshop with Jessica Hembold @ Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday October 23,
9:00 AM -

Eagle Creek - Bird Hikes

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Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and stewardship of the birds of Central Indiana. We need your donation more than ever. We are especially enthusiastic about the projects to be funded by Birdathon 2016, all of which relate to our chapter’s mission.

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