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News & Announcements:
SAS is pleased to announce that our Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday May 8th. We will begin the evening at 6:00pm with a cocktail hour and reception. Dinner will be served at 7:00pm, followed by Dr. Ellen Ketterson giving a presentation entitled Junco Journeys: Can a Backyard Bird be an Evolutionary Rock Star?After the talk, awards and recognition will be given. The cost for this years banquet is $30 for the meal, and $3 per drink ticket. Upland Beer will be on tap for one ticket, and wine will be two tickets. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Julia Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org and send your check to Sassafras Audubon Soceity, P.O. Box 85, Bloomington IN 47402. E-mails need to be received no later than Sunday, April 28th, with the checks being received by the date of the event.
SAS would like to thank everyone for making our Spring Feeder Cleaning another huge success! We had a fantastic turnout, great weather, and a lot of fun. We hope everyone that came by had a great experience and we look forward to see you at our upcoming events. Please check the calendar here!
Who & What is SAS?
The Sassafras Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the Indiana counties of Monroe, Lawrence, Owen, Greene, Morgan, Jackson, Brown and Bartholomew.
Established in 1970, the Sassafras Audubon Society (SAS) has the mission "to advocate public understanding of the value and need for conservation of wildlife, its habitat, our natural resources, and of the relation of intelligent treatment and wise use of these resources to human progress."
To create such a culture of conservation, SAS is active in environmental education and advocacy, as well as conducting field projects and outings. We host a public education program at the Monroe County Public Library (typically held the last Wed of each month at 7pm; see Calendar for details) highlighting local to international field research and outings.
In the fall of 2002, SAS started Indiana's first Northern Sawwhet Owl migratory banding station, an initial step to document the population of this nocturnal, secretive raptor. Sassafras organizes many local field outings to learn resident and migratory birds and butterflies, in season wild flowers, and our two annual Christmas Bird Counts.
Sassafras maintains close monitoring and involvement with important environmental issues such as I-69, management of the Hoosier National Forest, and oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. More recently, SAS was asked to join the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation to lend a voice about local land management and development practices.