In March the Greenfield Birders installed 16 bird houses at Beckenholdt Park, one of their favorite local parks in Greenfield, Indiana. Adam and Sara Wilson, along with Carole Blaser, were the proud recipients of grant money funded by the National Audubon Society and the Amos Butler Audubon Society to purchase, construct, and install these 16 birdhouses. Their hope is that the newly provided housing will replace some of the lost habitat for cavity nesters such as Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows.
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A Birder’s Guide to Hosting Rarities; Indiana Young Birder Q&A with Matthias Benko; Going Green: A Rewarding Way to Go Birding; March Program: Bubbly Birder Big Year; April Program: A Journey to the Bottom of the World; May Program: Dawn to Dusk: Two Young Birders’ Take on a Big Day; 2 Goose Pond Field Trips; Waterfowl ID Workshop; Meet the Board: Ted Meyer; Field Trip Recaps; Upcoming Field Trips and Local Bird Hikes
A Guide to Survive Winter Birding in Indiana; The Birding World through Podcasts; January Program: Exploring the Incredible Country of Ecuador; February Program: The Road to 1,000; Relaunching Lights Out Indy; Goose Pond Field Trip; CBC for Kids; Lakefront Field Trip; Waterfowl ID Workshop; Meet the Board: Amy Hodson; Local Bird Hikes
Ted accepted the responsibility of Treasurer in 2010. A position he has held since, keeping the organization’s books in good order and informing the Board of all financial activities. Ted has also volunteered multiple times when needed to fill a job. For instance, in 2013 no one could be found who was willing be ABAS President. Even though he was the Treasurer and often out of state, Ted stepped up to the plate and took on the additional position, presiding over Board meetings and making decisions critical to the functioning of the chapter for two years when he recruited Rob Ripma for the job. In early 2017 when a new website was being created, once again Ted stepped in learning the ropes of administering a webpage and using his skills to add the content and facilitate updates.
Whooping Cranes in Indiana; ABAS and Holliday Park Collaboration; Starting a Local Bird Walk; Ted Meyer Wins Donna McCarty Volunteer Service Award; November Program: Banding Saw-whet Owls in the Indiana Dunes!; December Program: 30 Years of Birding for Bucks; Christmas Bird Counts; Upcoming Events and lots more.
American Bird Conservancy & ABAS; Crown Hill Update; Will Schaust Named Eagle Creek Ornithology Manager; Dan Boritt Named Holliday Park Manager; Indy Parks Birding Gems; 30 Years of Birdathon; September Program: Indiana Raptor Center; October Program: Naughty by Nature; Volunteer Opportunities; Upcoming Events
This year Granite City is again generously supporting ABAS by donating 20% of your tab when you dine there on August 22. It's good at either location – downtown on Maryland St. or north on 96th St. near Meridian. Be sure to click on Read More to print out the flyer below and hand it to your server.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Amos Butler Audubon Society Birdathon. With this year’s donations of $25,670, we have raised a grand total of $720,675 since 1987. It would not be possible to continue such an endeavor without the generous support of our donors, volunteers, and teams who have shown a remarkable commitment to our mission to promote the stewardship and enjoyment of the birds of central Indiana. The Noddy Little Gulls team took top honors as the fundraising champs followed by Bud & Carl’s Legacy team. Our cycling team, Carbon Neutral, placed third. The highest species count turned in by any team was 177 by the Horned Grebes.
The Indiana Young Birders Club will be holding its fifth annual conference at the Cool Creek Nature Center on Saturday, August 19. The conference will feature speakers from the Indiana Young Birders Club as well as a keynote speaker.
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.