Other Conservation Activities
In addition to efforts to create the proposed Mounds Greenway, our chapter has these current conservation activities:
Christmas Bird Count results
Icy roads and cold rain hindered participation in this year’s Christmas Bird Count, which was held on December 17, but twelve volunteers persevered to find forty species, comprising 1,210 individual birds. Click to see the full results.
Notable sightings included the Northern Harrier and Red-shouldered Hawk, which have been observed in only two of our ten most recent counts. Also of interest were Bald Eagle, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Purple Finch. (Photo of female Purple Finch by Martha Hunt.)
RCAS thanks all who contributed to the success of this important citizen-science project: Sandy Ho, Taiping Ho, Martha Hunt, Sarah McKillip, Nona Nunnelly, Annette Rose, Jim Schowe, Paul Schowe, Barb Stedman, Phil Tuttle, Robert Williams, and Stacy Wright. And thanks to Annette Rose and Robert Williams, RCAS board members, who coordinated the event and record-keeping.
To see the numbers from last year's 2015 local count, click here. In the coming months, national and global results of the 2016 CBC will be available online, along with statewide numbers for Indiana.
White River clean-up
On September 10, Team RCAS participated in the 10th annual White River Clean-up!
Despite sometimes unpleasant weather conditions, our seven volunteers joined dozens of others in walking the bank, river, and land, where possible, to remove debris from and around the river. When that wasn’t possible, volunteers used canoes to navigate through the water, filling them up along the way with the debris they found.
Click to see more of the day's photos, taken by Robert Williams, RCAS treasurer.
Chimney Swift tower
The Friends of the Limberlost organization (Geneva, Ind.) has erected a Chimney Swift tower, thanks in part to materials donated by our chapter. More details and photos will be coming soon!
Because of old growth forest loss and and the capping or destruction of chimneys, artificial towers can provide Chimney Swifts with much-needed nesting and roosting habitat.
If you'd like to learn how to build and erect a Chimney Swift tower on your property, visit www.chimneyswitfts.org.