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Whitney Yoerger is LifeLines Editor

Join us in welcoming Whitney Yoerger as the new editor of our LifeLines Newsletter. Whitney and her husband Jonathan are relatively new birders in the area. They started birding while living in Hong Kong and moved to Indiana in summer 2016. We’re guessing they have a few birds we don’t have.

Brown County State Park Field Trip

It was a beautiful morning to bird at Brown County State Park on the Amos Butler Audubon Society field trip. A fun group of 29 birders set out to hike some trails and see some birds. Of the 33 species we logged, the highlights were views of Worm-eating Warbler, Kentucky Warbler and Hooded Warbler!

Albino Sparrow in Morgan County

Lori Braden found this sparrow on May 25. She was visiting a home about 5 miles southeast of Mooresville. From her picture, it certainly seems as thought this is an albino house sparrow. It completely lacks any color pigmentation though it's eyes appear to be a bit darker. Some believe encountering a white bird or animal brings luck. Click "Read More >" below to see the photo and learn more.

Crown Hill Woods Saved!

The VA and Crown Hill Cemetery have agreed to pursue a land swap so the old growth forest will be save for now. Senator Joe Donnelly and Mayor Joe Hogsett both expressed pleasure the agreement. Our thanks to all the people who wrote letters, called, and participated in the many actions that led to this success.

Lifelines May/Jun 2017

Passenger Pigeon Extinction; Children and Nature Play Days; Kevin Carlsen Retires; Crrown Hill Woods Update; ABAS Logo Gear; May Program: Savage Garden: The Demented World of Meat-eating Plants!; Upcoming Field Trips and Events

Rookery Preserve Trip

There were plenty of Great Blue Herons to be seen and a wonderful talk by Amanda Smith of Hamilton County Parks and Recreation. It was very interesting to dive deeper into an individual species.

Birdathon 2017 Begins!

We look forward to another great fundraising year to benefit the birds of Central Indiana thanks to our generous donors. With your help we will raise the $30,000+ necessary to fund our nine grant requests. This year we have 14 teams competing in the Big Day as well as fundraising. Details of the grant recipients, teams, and how to donate can be seen on the Birdathon Page.

Passenger Pigeon Extinction State Historical Marker

The “Passenger Pigeon Extinction” Indiana State Historical Marker was dedicated in Metamora, Indiana on April 3rd, 2017. The last verified passenger pigeon in the wild was shot about five miles from here near Laurel on April 3, 1902.