On Saturday, April 27th, Sassafras Audubon Society held its annual Spring Feeder Cleaning. It was a great day for cleaning feeders, with clouds keeping the day from getting too hot. A great group of volunteers cleaned over a hundred feeders dropped off by more than 40 people from the community, and raised more than $700 to support out education and conservation projects. We thank everyone that brought their feeders and donated, the volunteers that cleaned feeders, Bloomington Hardware for providing the location and infrastructure, and Aver’s Pizza for providing two large pizzas for the volunteers.
We are proud to announce that Nancy Lightfoot of Bloomington has been chosen as the 2019 recipient of the Donald R. Whitehead Conservationist of the Year award. Nancy is one of Bloomington's most passionate bird conservationists. She volunteers hours of her time throughout the year as a Northern Saw-whet Owl bander and Eagle Watcher. Before the surveys ended, she also spent many nights surveying for Barred Owls as part of Purdue's Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. Additionally in her job at IU Press she has ben instrumental in publishing educational books that are related to nature and conservation.
Please join us on April 4th at the Spring Banquet to honor Nancy and her commitment to education and conservation of our local enviroment.
We are proud to announce that Scott Johnson has been chosen as the 2019 recipient of the Lifetime Conservationist award. Scott is the Wildlife Science Program Manager with DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, and has held that title for many years. As such, he has been involved in countless programs to aid Indiana's rare and endangered wildlife. This includes species ranging from endangered mussels to osprey to wood rats.
Please join us on April 4th at the Spring Banquet to honor Scott and his commitment to conservation and management of our local wildlife.
We are proud to announce that Rosemary Saurer of Nashville has been chosen as the 2019 recipient of the Barbara Restle Founders Award for her long term service to Sassafras Audubon Society as a Friend of SAS and board member. Rosemary was the driving force behind our spring and fall feeder cleaning fund raising events for many years and served on the board from 2014-2018 as the programs coordinator.
Please join us on April 4th at the Spring Banquet to honor Rosemary’s long term service to SAS.