flickerOur chapter is proud to associate with many other organizations in East Central Indiana that share our love of nature and our commitment to preserving our natural heritage. We often collaborate with other groups for field trips and work projects, and we hope to share more resources as all of us learn to coordinate our efforts with one another more effectively.

Following are a few of the organizations, projects, or websites that we think you should know about.

Birding organizations, products, and websites

All Best Binoculars – an independent resource for binocular reviews.

Brock's BirdsBirds of Indiana – a CD of information about all 409 species of birds known to have occurred in Indiana. (Note: This not an audio CD; it contains PDF files of texts and images.)

The Birds of Madison County – website created by Tom and Jean Harbron that chronicles their birding in Madison County. – promotes the conservation of chimney swifts through public education, preservation of existing habitat and creation of new nesting and roosting sites.

Important Bird Areas of Indiana – Important Bird Areas (IBAs) provide essential habitat for one or more bird species for breeding, wintering, and/or migrating.

Indiana Audubon Society – the oldest conservation organization continuously operating in Indiana. The IAS is not a chapter of the National Audubon Society, but an independent statewide organization.

Indiana Birding – a regularly updated listing of bird sightings throughout the state (courtesy of Birdingonthe.Net).

Indiana Birds Checklist – a field checklist of the birds of Indiana, provided by the Chipper Woods Bird Observatory.

Indiana's Official State Bird Checklist – more than 400 species, compiled by the Indiana Bird Records Committee of the Indiana Audubon Society.

National Audubon Society –our parent organization and one of the oldest national organizations devoted to the love and protection of nature, with special attention to bird habitat.

Other Indiana Audubon chapters - listing of the 12 regional Audubon chapters found across Indiana, including Amos Butler, our neighbor to the southwest, and Stockbridge, our neighbor to the north.

Conservation organizations and activities

Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy – our state's guiding document for keeping Indiana wildlife and habitats healthy. With this project, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources hopes to keep species off the endangered species list by conserving wildlife and habitat at a landscape scale.

Cope Environmental Center – a 100-acre site in Centerville that “promotes the sustainable use of the earth’s resources through education, demonstration, and research.”

Land of the Limberlost – website that provides information about Stratton-Porter and the Limberlost that she loved so well.

Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society – organization devoted to the preservation and enjoyment of plant species native to Indiana.

Red-tail Land Conservancy – a regional land trust that preserves, restores, and protects ecologically significant areas of rural and urban east central Indiana.

Wildlife rehabilitation (Indiana Department of Natural Resources) – advice on what to do if you find a wild animal and a regularly updated list of licensed rehabilitators in Indiana. Kristen Heitman, in Hamilton County, is the nearest bird rehabilitator for ECI residents*; her phone number is 317-902-DUCK. For help with non-avian species, use the IDNR listing.

*Diana Shaffer, founder and director of the Wildlife Resqu Haus, retired in December 2013 and permanently closed the doors of her Yorktown wildlife rehabilitation center, which served many thousands of injured, ill, and orphaned animals for 50 years.


Bird Watcher's Digest offers valuable articles about birds and birding for birders of all skill levels. Published six times a year, BWD's convenient field-guide size makes it easy to take into the field or store on a bookshelf for quick reference. Individual copies can be bought at any Tractor Supply Company store, and the online version is available to subscribers. Bird Watcher's Digest also publishes The Backyard Birds Newsletter, BirdWire.

Carol Blakney Designs – Muncie artist and environmental activist Carol Blakney discovered that one of the best places to learn about the wonders of nature is her own backyard, and she started a greeting card business to prove it. You can find her designs online or at the Downtown Farm Stand, in Muncie.

Indiana Living Green – news about environmentally friendly practices and products for a sustainable lifestyle, especially geared to Hoosiers. Includes links and articles from the Indiana Living Green magazine.

Jack's Camera – the best place to buy binoculars in East Central Indiana. Get personalized help in choosing binoculars and any needed accessories at Jack's, located at 300 E. Main St. in Muncie.

Minnetrista – a focal point in Delaware County for culture, history, environmental education, and a wide range of other topics.

Seedy Sally's – Pendleton store owned and operated by long-time RCAS member and friend, Scott Andersen, that is known for fine customer service and high-quality products for birds and pets.

Tamarack Studio – beautiful watercolor notecards and prints, as well as other art, created by Cheryl Leblanc, biological illustrator. The cards are printed on 5" x 7" recycled matte coverstock, with matching envelopes, and are suitable for framing. Each set of seven covers contains six original illustrations (with one duplicate in each set). Included is a short natural history description of the subject on the back of each card. To purchase cards or other artwork, visit Cheryl's Etsy store or contact her at or 765-730-3052.

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