Jun
1
12:00 PM12:00

Extra Outing - HNF Houston South

On Saturday, June 1st, Sassafras Audubon Society and Friends of Lake Monroe invite people to join us for an extra outing lead by Dave Simcox. This outing will be located in sections of the Hoosier National Forest where the proposed Houston South timber management project lies. We will make several stops and with short excursions to see areas where various types of timber management actions are proposed.  These sections lie on the east and west side of the South Fork of Salt Creek just north of Kurtz and Norman on Rt 58.

Total distance will be less than four miles and encompass approximately three hours. With travel time from the DNR office in Paynetown the outing should require just less than five hours. Members from Brown Co may elect to travel via Rt 135 and meet near Kurtz. Details and maps to follow but figure a mid day hike including packing a lite lunch. 

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May
19
7:30 AM07:30

IFA Combs Creek Ecoblitz

The Indiana Forest Alliance is conducting Ecoblitz surveys to document the species present in our public forests.

Sunday May 19  

This Sunday Jeff Stant will lead a general bird survey this Sunday.  We will meet at the   Combs Creek Farm at 11275 N. County Rd 1140 W.  This is about 1.5-2.0 miles north of "Maumee" (a town that no longer exists). You will see Jeff's GMC truck and a walking bridge over Combs Creek. Drive through the Creek and turn to the right to park by the picnic table.   The survey will extend from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Please contact IFA (rae@indianaforestalliance.org) if you can help.  

 WHAT TO WEAR & BRING

Please wear sturdy hiking boots and bring insect repellent to ward off ticks  Rain gear is helpful, especially if the vegetation is wet.  Long pants are advisable given the greenbriar on slopes and ridges. Bring plenty of water and snacks. The area has timber rattlesnakes and copperheads so gaiters or high-topped boots may also be advisable. Be alert and look before you leap (i.e. watch where you place your feet).  

We will provide sack lunches.  So please let us know if you are coming to allow us to make enough lunches.  And give your dietary preferences (vegetarian, gluten free, etc). We can only provide a lunch if you let us know you are coming!

 A couple of maps are attached. IFA has also created a GoogleMap of Combs Creek EcoBlitz Area. Another tool that IFA like is an app called TopoMaps from USGS. You may want to download the app plus the detailed maps for this area while you are still connected to wifi.  They are very helpful for navigating in the woods.  Note there is no wifi at this location and cell phone reception is very spotty.

Things are always weather dependent. Please check your email or the IFA Volunteer page before you head out .  If questions arise, please feel free to call Rae 765-714-4829  or Jeff 317-489-7112.  Please note that cell phone reception is very limited when we are in the field.  Texting can sometimes work when calls won't. 



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Monthly Outing - Stillwater Mars
May
18
8:30 AM08:30

Monthly Outing - Stillwater Mars

Saturday, May 18th, we will have another installment for this year of our series of monthly bird outings aimed at being casual walks open to birders of all skill levels (beginners to advanced). During the year we will visit many of the best birding areas in Monroe County. Hosted by a Friend of SAS, all are welcome. 

Walks will be held the 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 8:30am. On Saturday, May 18th, we will visit Stillwater Marsh and the walk will be hosted by Tommy Grav. We will meet in the parking lot of Bloomington Foods East on 3rd street on the east side of Bloomington at 8:30am and car pool due to limited parking at the Stillwater Marsh Overlook. We expect to leave at 8:35am and arrive at Stillwater Marsh at 8:45am. If you need directions or have any questions please contact us at sas@sassafrasaudubon.org While we expect that most of the levee’s are dry, we recommend waterproof footwear if possible.

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Thirteenth Annual Greene County Big May Day Bird Count
May
11
12:01 AM00:01

Thirteenth Annual Greene County Big May Day Bird Count

The Thirteenth Annual Greene County Big May Day bird count will be on Saturday May 11 (always the second Saturday of May). Big May Day counts record the number of species and individuals of all birds identified within a county from midnight to midnight. 

Greene County has been near the top of the list in the state for number of species.  Pretty good for an inland location away from major water bodies.  With ~50 counties throughout the state participating, competition is stiff. All levels of birding experience are welcome.   With some fantastic habitat in the count, Greene County should be THE place to be on May 11!  The more participants, the better the habitat gets covered, and thus better results.  Participating in a count such as this is a great way to hone your skills.  Many of the species observed on this count are only in Indiana for a few weeks during spring migration so this is the time to enjoy them.

Public lands within the county include Goose Pond FWA, Beehunter Marsh, Hillenbrand FWA, Greene Sullivan State Forest, Combs Unit of Martin SF, Redbird State Riding area, Shakamak State Park, the Linton Conservation Club, and the West Fork of the White River.  The Sycamore Land Trust also has a few preserves in the eastern half of Greene County that could be walked in a few hours.  Hopefully this year the conditions will be cooperative and our efforts will be rewarded.

If you are interested in participating this year please reply to this email and let me know how much time you can spend on the count and we can discuss what team to put you on.  If you live within Greene County and can't commit to a full day or have acreage or good habitat or feeders, consider counting birds on your property or neighborhood sometime during the day.

Please respond to Jess Gwinn (jagmo at bluemarble.net) directly so that I can place you on a team.  Indicate whether you can do all day, owling, preferred territory, etc.

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2019 Monroe County Bird-a-Thon
May
4
12:01 AM00:01

2019 Monroe County Bird-a-Thon

Don’t be surprised to see birdwatchers on the roads of Monroe County May 4. The annual Bird-a-Thon will be held that Saturday from midnight to midnight. Teams of 3-6 birders will compete for prizes by finding as many species as possible within the county and earn money for their favorite charity by soliciting pledges before the event. There are prizes for the most species found and the best rookie team. Teams may find as many as 175 species during the 24 hour challenge. Teams must register by April 15 at Monroe County Parks and Recreation, 501 N. Morton St., Suite 100 The $25 per person fee includes a t-shirt, information, and awards. There is a potluck dinner hosted by Sassafras Audubon Society the following day to turn in tallies. Pick up applications at Monroe County Parks and Recreation, sponsors of the event. For further information call 812-349-2805 or e-mail cmeyer@co.monroe.in.us.

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Spring Feeder Cleaning
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Spring Feeder Cleaning

Saturday, April 27th, is the time for annual Spring Feeder Cleaning. Bring your feeders to us and we will power-wash and scrub them clean, getting them ready for the spring and summer season.

Drop off your feeders between 9am and 2pm, with pick-up between 2-4pm. Ask at Bloomington Hardware about early drop-off on Friday and late pick-up on Sunday! Suggested donation is $5 for small feeders and $6 for large feeders. Hummingbirds and suet feeders can not be accepted.

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SAS Talk - Indiana Breeding Warbler
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

SAS Talk - Indiana Breeding Warbler

“Indiana’s Breeding Warblers: How and where to find warblers once the migrants are gone”

Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B

Once the spring bird migration is over, there are still 18 warbler species that remain to nest in Indiana. Sassafras Audubon Society member and IndiGo Birding Nature Tours guide David Rupp will highlight some of his favorite places to find these beauties, while also giving some tips on behavior, habitat preference, and vocalizations that will increase your chances of finding these birds. This will be an interactive presentation featuring the photography of Scott Evans and other local bird photographers. Free and welcome to all.

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Bloomington Birdfest
Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

Bloomington Birdfest

Please join us on Saturday, April 13th, 1-4pm, at Karst Farm Park outside Bloomington, IN, for the 2019 Bloomington Birdfest. We will celebrate the birds around us with activities, live birds, bird walks, food, music and more. The event is free and fun for all ages. 

2019 Bloomington Birdfest is brought to by IU Integrated Program in the Environment, Monroe County Parks and Recreation and Sassafras Audubon Society

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2019 Spring Banquet
Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

2019 Spring Banquet

On Thursday, Apr 4th, Sassafras Audubon Society invites you to join us at the IU DeVault Center for our 2019 Annual Spring Banquet. This years keynote speaker will be Mark Glenshaw from Forest Park Owls (http://forestparkowls.blogspot.com) and we will present our annual awards. We will once again be catered with fantastic food from Moriarty Catering and there will be a raffle. 

We are proud to announce our award recipients for 2019:

  • Rosemary Saurer will receive the Barbra Restle Founder's award.

  • Scott Johnson will receive the Lifetime Conservationist award.

  • Nancy Lightfoot will receive the Donald R. Whitehead Conservationist of the Year award.

Prices are $40 dollars for general admission and $20 for students and young professionals. Tickets can be purchases here, or you can send us an RVSP to sas@sassafrasaudubon.org to reserve your spot with payment sent by check to SAS, PO Box 85, Bloomington, IN 47402.

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Cancelled - 12th Ducks & Donuts
Mar
23
8:00 AM08:00

Cancelled - 12th Ducks & Donuts

Due to continuing high water levels and road conditions this event has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing everyone at the fall Ducks & Donuts with hopefully better conditions.

Due to high water level this event has been postponed by one week and will now happen on Saturday, Mar 23rd, from 8-11 at the Stillwater Marsh Overlook.

Come join us at our 12th installation of Ducks & Donuts on Saturday, Mar 16th, 2019 at the Stillwater Marsh Overlook, off State Road 46, east of Bloomington. We will serve coffee and donuts and hopefully there will be plenty of waterfowl and other birds to look at. We will start at 8am and finish at 11am.

This event also served as the March outing of our monthly series of bird walks, aimed at being casual outings open to birders of all skill levels (beginners to advanced). During the year we will visit many of the best birding areas in our 8 county region, hosted by a Friend of SAS. All are welcome! Walks will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, starting at 8am in the morning. They last about 2 hours and comfortable footwear is recommended (we recommend mud boots or similar water tight footwear if it has rained recently). If you need directions or have any questions please contact us at sas@sassafrasaudubon.org.

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