Upcoming Programs

Where do forest birds go after nesting? – Feb. 21

Patrick RuhlMany mature forest birds (Worm-eating Warbler, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager, Red-eyed Vireo, and more) utilize different habitat types after the nesting stage of the breeding season, but the specific habitat associations of these species are largely unknown. A better understanding of habitat-use for Indiana breeding birds throughout the entire duration of the breeding season will allow us to better conserve these species while they visit Indiana for the summer.

On Wednesday, February 21, Patrick Ruhl, who is completing a Ph.D. in wildlife science at Purdue University, will share some of his research findings on the habitat associations of mature forest bird species in southern Indiana.

Patrick has been researching breeding demography and postfledging ecology of mature forest birds in the Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood state forests since 2015. In this talk, he will share some recent results of his radio-tracking and bird-banding studies.

Chapter business and refreshments will begin at 7 p.m. at Kennedy Library, followed by Patrick’s program at 7:15. As always, non-Audubon members are welcomed!


Trip of a lifetime: birding and sightseeing from Indiana to the Alaskan Arctic and back – March 21

RockhillsErv and Lois Rockhill left Anderson on May 31, 2017, drove through Canada via the Alaska Highway to Dawson Creek, British Columbia, where they caught the Top of the World Highway, then entered Alaska on June 23.  They toured the state for two months, driving into the Arctic as far as Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay).

They also visited Chicken, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Denali, Chitina, Delta Junction, Seward, Homer, and places in between. They boarded an overnight ferry in Haines, Alaska, that delivered them to Prince Rupert, B.C., on August 25.  On September 18 they pulled back into Anderson, having driven 13,640 miles round trip! They towed a camper and enjoyed many state, provincial, and national parks, as well as other federal lands and a few county and city parks. 

This Alaska trip is just one of the many adventures that Lois and Erv have had over the years, near their Anderson home and through many parts of the U.S. and Canada, as well as Turkey, where they once served as Peace Corps volunteers.  Erv is an accountant, and Lois was Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana for 23 years.  (She was also our Audubon chapter president from 1995-1997.)

Come see photos and hear stories of Lois and Erv’s adventures at our chapter meeting on Wednesday, March 21!  Chapter business and refreshments will begin at 7 p.m. at Kennedy Library, followed by the Rockhills’ program at 7:15. Non-Audubon members are welcomed, so bring a friend!