This year’s Birdathon was another successful event with eight KAVAS members keeping their eyes and ears open, we saw a total of 73 species. Your pledges for our annual Birdathon help can support local conservation and education initiatives. Please consider making a contribution to support this great effort. A donation of 10 cents per bird species would be a $7.30 contribution for our Birdathon effort. While a $1 per bird pledge for every species observed in the Birdathon would be a $73 contribution to fund local conservation and education projects. However, any amount you can donate would be appreciated. Your pledge contributions are 100% tax deductible.
Please send your Birdathon contribution to: KAVAS, PO Box 556, New Albany, IN 47150.
This year’s weather rivaled last year’s – perfect but for the wind – dry, sunny and cool. Last year was so warm the warblers were past before our count. This year, with the late Spring, they hadn’t yet arrived in significant numbers, and we saw just one warbler migrant – the Pine Warbler.
Our birding crews visited the Falls of the Ohio SP: Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Bald Eagle, Brown Creeper, and Osprey. (The Bald Eagles have made a great recovery since banning DDT). Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge near Seymour: teals, egrets, and a variety of sparrows; and Big Oaks Refuge near Madison: Cooper’s Hawk, Rough-winged Swallow, and Red-Headed Woodpeckers – but not the elusive Henslow’s Sparrow who was kept low by the wind.
Thanks so much for your support!
David Coyte, Treasurer
2013 Birdathon Species List
Great Blue Heron