Dec. 10 | 9-11 a.m. Please join us for our next monthly bird walk at Mounds State Park on Saturday, December 10. Meet at the feeder viewing station inside the Visitors Center at 9 a.m. Binoculars will be provided. The following bird walk will be on January 14. Mounds State Park is located at 4306 Mounds Rd., Anderson. (PhotoContinue reading “Mounds State Park”
Dec. 14 | 7 p.m. | BSU Alumni Center & Zoom Protecting, conserving, and educating others about the natural spaces where wildlife thrives is the mission of Robert Cooper Audubon Society. Please join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, at Ball State University’s Alumni Center (2800 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie) to celebrate individualsContinue reading “Celebrating Conservation Leaders”
Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (Minnesota) and Cape May Bird Observatory (New Jersey) are famous for phenomenal displays of fall migration. They’re especially well-known for incredible concentrations of migratory raptors, as hawk-watchers have documented population trends at each site for more than 50 years. These bird observatories, along with others likeContinue reading “Famous bird observatories & migration spectacles in eastern North America“
Oct. Introduction to the world of orchid pollination: Following a tour of Ball State’s new Nature Lab, Carol Day, Orchid Curator of the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse, introduced us to the strategies that orchids use to entice hummingbirds, butterflies, and other insects to transfer pollen from one plant to another.
Dec. 17 | 8:45 a.m. Join us for the Delaware County Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17! Those counting by car will meet at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Charles W. Brown Planetarium on the Ball State University campus (2111 W. Riverside Ave.). You can also count from home or fromContinue reading “Delaware Count Christmas Bird Count”
Last summer, a videographer for The Nature Conservancy spent some time with Dr. Kamal Islam and his students while they were in the field researching Cerulean Warblers in southern Indiana. The resulting 5-minute video, titled Forestry for the Birds, is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8BcRQoLPr0. Kamal, who is Professor of Wildlife Biology at Ball State UniversityContinue reading “Forestry for the Birds”
Seth Slabaugh, a retired reporter for The Star Press, recently published an article on human-goose conflicts on his website, Greater Muncie. It follows up on a presentation given by David Shearer, a PhD student in environmental sciences at Ball State University, at our January chapter meeting. (Photo by David Shearer.)
The results are in! During our local Christmas Bird Count, on December 19, 2021, a total of 51 species—and 2,413 individual birds—were recorded. Topping the list were 287 American Crows, barely squeezing out the second place finishers, European Starlings. To see all the numbers, download a PDF of the 2021 data, and, for comparison, youContinue reading “Christmas Bird Count”
If you’re reading this page, you already know that we have a new website! We hope you find it more streamlined and easier to use on your smartphone! Thank you to Sophie Gordon, a 2018 graduate from Ball State University who currently works as the Marketing Manager for iCivics for creating the new site!
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/app.