Upcoming Programs

picnicAnnual chapter picnic - Sept. 23

It’s a tradition! Members of Robert Cooper Audubon Society launch the fall migration with an annual picnic at Mounds State Park.

Bring a friend and gather at the Friends Shelter by 1 p.m. to share a potluck picnic and spend the afternoon sharing an appreciation for birds and nature.

Please bring a dish or dessert to share, as well as your own reusable place setting (plate, utensils, and cup). Drinks and entertainment will be provided.

Entrance fee is $7 per vehicle for in-state plates and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The park is located at 4306 Mounds Rd., Anderson. See the park property map to locate the Friends Shelter.

Undergraduate wildlife biology adventures: Indiana owls and Argentine conservation – Oct. 17

At our Wednesday, October 17, meeting, come learn about the inspiring work of Kaitlin Gavenda and Kalee Snorden, kaitlin gavendatwo undergraduate students in Ball State’s wildlife biology and conservation major

The first speaker, Kaitlin Gavenda, will present her research on Northern Saw-whet Owls (NSWOs) in Indiana. These owls were once an understudied species, but Project Owlnet sought to change that by bringing together researchers nationwide to combine knowledge of the owls’ migration patterns.

Kaitlin introduced this project to East Central Indiana by creating NSWO banding stations in Delaware and Henry Counties. Under the mentorship of RCAS’s own Dr. Kamal Islam, she developed a study to determine if NSWOs showed a preference between old-growth deciduous forest and a coniferous tree farm.

Kaitlin will share her findings thus far and tell Audubon members and friends how they can volunteer for the study’s second season in the coming weeks.

kalee snordeThe second presenter, Kalee Snorden, will share her experiences as a summer intern with Aves Argentinas, part of BirdLife International, which has launched a multi-faceted environmental education effort that emphasizes the connection of environmental issues and biological processes to everyday life.

In the wake of unsuccessful sustainability-focused legislation in Argentina, Aves Argentinas has begun to form an effective system of environmental education that captures the attention of the public, educates them, and ultimately impresses upon them the relevance of environmental concerns to their own lives.

For her internship, Kalee helped coordinate volunteers for Aves Argentinas’ environmental education program in Buenos Aires, which included museum tours, birding outings, bird censuses to monitor species populations, and coordination with other conservation efforts.

At our October 17 meeting, refreshments and chapter business will begin at 7 p.m.  Kaitlin and Kalee’s program will get underway at 7:15.