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Knob and Valley Audubon 2013 Annual Meeting

Knob and Valley Audubon 2013 Annual Meeting

Come out and join us at this year’s annual meeting on Saturday, June 1 from 9am to 2pm for a wonderful morning bird hike and tour of the nature center at O’Bannon Woods State Park. Located near the confluence of the Blue River and the Ohio River, this beautiful state park is loaded with lots of wildlife including many resident and seasonal breeding birds. The nature center at O’Bannon Woods includes great displays with live herps, a bird blind, and many mounted specimens including the hellbender – North America’s largest salamander found locally in Blue River.

Our morning bird hike will be led by the park’s bird expert Del Striegel along an ADA-accessible pathway that will lead us from the nature center deep into this southern Indiana forest. Along the way we will stop at a newly constructed bird blind to relax with great views of the wildlife. Upon our return to the nature center, we will enjoy a potluck lunch and hold our meeting in a shelter at the pioneer farmstead.

The pioneer homestead of log structures near the nature center at O’Bannon Woods has been constructed for a scene that is sure to capture your imagination. Among the buildings are a cabin, outhouse, woodworking shop, smokehouse and a barn for the oxen used to power an impressive haypress from 1850 used commercially to produce hay bales. The restored 3-story haypress was originally located closer to the confluence of the Ohio River and Blue River.