Other news at the RCAS
On August 9, East Central Indiana lost one of its greatest protectors and champions of wildlife, Diana Shaffer.
Diana founded and ran the Wildlife Resqu Haus (Yorktown), one of the longest-running wildlife rehabilitation centers in the nation, before retiring in 2013 after 50 years of rescuing and rehabilitating injured, orphaned, and ill wildlife. During those 50 years she cared for more than 13,000 birds, mammals, and other wildlife, with a specialty in birds of prey. She became known throughout much of Indiana as "the Bird Lady."
Diana was a charter member of our Audubon chapter in 1974 (and of the Delaware County Audubon Society, which preceded it), and served in various roles on the board for several decades. She gave as many as 30-50 education programs each year—many of those programs to our own chapter—always accompanied by one or more of her education birds.
Among her many awards and recognitions were our chapter’s highest award, the Cooper Conservation Award, and the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognized the impact and scope of her work on a national scale.
Upon her retirement in December 2013, Diana left behind an unparalleled legacy for serving animals—and the people who care about them—with unending joy, energy, and selfless grace and patience. We hope you'll share memories of her impact at www.rozelle-johnson.com/obituaries.html, where you'll find her full obituary.
Want to know how to get attract colorful, native birds to your backyard? Read this article by Sarah McKillip, president emeritus of the RCAS, which appeared in the Muncie Journal. It'll give you great tips about food, water, and shelter!
Photo by Tom Harbron.
The National Audubon Society has released an updated version of its Audubon Bird Guide app and it’s FREE to bird-lovers nationwide!
With 821 species profiles and 3200+ bird photos, Audubon’s award-winning app instantly turns any mobile device into the most trusted field guide in North America.
To download the Bird Guide, go to www.audubon.org/apps.