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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 local 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.Since 1970, we have contributed to the conservation efforts in South-Central Indiana through education, outreach,


What We've Achieved

  • Saving and restoring the Fairview Chimney Swift Tower

  • Building of new Chimney Swift Towers at Wonderlab, the Harmony School and Jackson Creek.

  • Bringing education about birds and their local environment to area school children through our annual Great Backyard Bird Count in Local Schools.

  • Annual sponsorship of local Christmas Bird counts at Lake Monroe, McCormick’s Creek State Park and Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.

  • Sponsoring Indiana’s first Northern Saw-whet Owl migratory banding station.

  • Partner in the annual Bloomington Birdfest.