Other Conservation Activities

Night of the Owls: Saw-whet Banding - Nov. 10Northern Saw-whet Owl

The Indiana Audubon Society and other organizations are co-hosting “Night of the Owls” at several locations across the state. The closest site is at the Whitetail Tree Farm, located at 8650 North County Road 100 East, Springport, IN.

From 5:30 to 10 p.m., the event will highlight the amazing migration of our smallest owl – the Northern Saw-whet Owl – by enabling visitors to observe the banding process. Participants who wish to carpool should meet at 5 p.m. at the Cooper Science parking lot, on Ball State's campus.

There is no registration fee, but attendance is limited!  Register at the Night of the Owls website. (Photo courtesy of the USFWS.)

Christmas Bird Count - Dec. 16

Peregrine FalconJoin the fun of this year’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Sunday, December 16, from 9 a.m. to noon!  Sign up by contacting Jim Schowe at jim.schowe@gmail.com.

Participants can count birds from the comfort of their home or with a group of Robert Cooper Audubon Society members. Those counting by car and on foot will comb a 15-mile-wide diameter circle around Muncie, tallying every avian species and bird they see.

The National Audubon Society conducted the first Christmas Bird Count in 1900, making it the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running wildlife census and one of the world's greatest ongoing citizen-science efforts. Scientists use the data gathered to help track trends in bird populations and address conservation issues.

Participants in the 2017 CBC in Muncie tallied 53 species and 5,289 individual birds, including a Peregrine Falcon, a Bald Eagle, two Northern Pintails, three Ruddy Ducks, and three Purple Finches, among others. Click to see the full list.

Chimney Swift tower

Chimney SwiftThe Friends of the Limberlost organization (Geneva, Ind.) is erecting 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.