Other news at the RCAS

Crash course in birding – Feb. 24
Register now!

birdingReserve your spot now for a crash course in Indiana birding on Saturday, February 24, at the Limberlost State Historic Site.  The three-hour workshop, co-sponsored by the Indiana Audubon Society (IAS) and our own RCAS, will be led by IAS Executive Director, Brad Bumgardner. 

The hands-on workshop, from 2-5 p.m., is designed for both beginning bird watchers and general nature enthusiasts who want to learn more about birds in Indiana.  

Registration for RCAS and IAS members is only $10.  For non-members, registration is $15.  Registration is open, and space is limited to 20 people.

To learn more, and to register, visit indianaaudubon.org/event/indiana-birding-crash-course-limberlost/.

Ohio Valley Birding Festival – late April, early May

Ohio Valley Birding FestivalThe Ohio Valley Birding Festival, scheduled for April 20-22 and May 4-6, will feature guided spring migratory birdwatching hikes in southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky, along with family-friendly birding activities at John James Audubon Park in Henderson, Kentucky. The festival is sponsored by our friends at the Evansville Audubon Society.

For the festival schedule and informatio about registering, visit www.ohiovalleybirdingfestival.org.

President emeritus honored

Sarah McKillipSarah McKillip, RCAS president emeritus, recently received a Vivian Z. Conley Award, in recognition of her outstanding leadership and service to the community through our Audubon chapter.  Sarah served as our chapter’s field trip chair from 2009-2011 and then as president from 2011-2017.

The award was presented to Sarah by the Muncie-Delaware County Coalition of Women’s Organizations on Women’s Equality Day, August 25, 2017.  The award is named in honor of Vivian Conley, who was a community activist known for encouraging girls and women to seek education and to lead and serve their communities.

Sarah was recognized for her initiative and leadership of many important RCAS accomplishments during her tenure as president, including her role in fighting the proposed Mounds Reservoir, launching of the About Birds program, expanded public outreach through the creation of monthly bird hikes at Mounds State Park and other venues, oversight of various conservation initiatives, establishment of new community partnerships, and acquisition of grants to support the chapter’s conservation goals.

The chapter thanks Sarah for her outstanding leadership!  (Photo by Robert Williams.)

bird feederAttracting backyard birds

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.)


bird app
Audubon Bird Guide app

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.

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