Keeping you informed about cool bird stuff in & near central Kentucky.

Audubon Launches Native Plants Database
There's no denying that native plants bring more birds to your yard.  But how do you know a native plant from a non-native?  In an effort to make planting quality backyard bird habitat easier on everyone, the National Audubon Society has launched a new Native Plant Database. Based on zip codes, the resource truly targets plants that provide the "best results" for local birds. The page can generate a list of plants hand-selected by Audubon experts specifically for your area. Results can be sorted by "Best," by "Types of Plant," or by "Type of Bird" species you are looking to attract. Want to pick a native grass which attracts more chickadees to your yard? Try Indian Wood Oats or Little False Bluestem. Want a vine which attracts Wood Warblers? Try Frost Grapes. The list sorts easily, provides scientific names so you're sure you're buying the right sort of Sumac, and even provides contact info for a few nearby Audubon experts and local native plant suppliers like our friends and Bluegrass Birding Festival supporters Shooting Star Nursery.

Want a perennial for more goldfinches? Try Purple Coneflower.

New Local Birding Resource: CKyBirds at Groups.IO
At the recommendation of a few local birders looking for an easier online source for reporting news about and posting pictures of central Kentucky birds, CKAS has launched a new free listserv. We're calling it Central Kentucky Birders and you can find it at CKyBirds@Groups.IO. It is already up and running; we encourage you to join and participate. Though the provider relatively new to the market (Groups.IO was only launched in 2014), they aim to provide "the most advanced email group service on the Internet" by being "packed with powerful features that make e-mail groups more useful." They appear to be easy to join, their service looks easy to manage, and they offer things we'd never heard of like Github, Trello, and syncing with Slack Teams, and their basic service with 1GB attachment and file storage is completely free to groups of any size.

We know what you are thinking... Yes, to an extent, this e-mail service was already provided by the ASK list and by Birdky, but the former is underused and difficult to manage and the latter is too far-flung, covering every bird sighting from Paducah to Pikeville. CKAS had also heard that a small group of local Fayette, Scott, and Woodford County self-described life list birders recently formed a private e-mail circle to keep each other posted regarding local first of season and rare bird reports, likely due to limitations of the existing lists. So it seemed obvious to us that some new resource was needed, that it should be easy-to-use and focused primarily on our area.

To get a better idea of what Groups.IO has to offer birding groups and to check out how easy it really might be to use and manage, CKAS President Tony Brusate signed up for a few other birding groups offered by this provider and he and Mark Tower also built a "sample group" to play with and test out managing its features. We are happy to report that, overall, the Groups.IO service seems very easy to use, provides its emails in multiple formats to meet any and all subscription preferences, allows pictures to be shared and saved easily and without a Flicker account, and should prove to work as a good communication tool for local birders. So we're giving it a try. Joining is free: you can sign up at, just click the blue "+ Join This Group" link. We'll keep the Central Kentucky Birds page up and running for the next few months and likely discuss its pros and cons at the December CKAS meeting. If we find it lacking, Groups.IO also promises to be "easy to transfer" to another provider; but our Beta testers think it'll fly.

Upcoming CKAS (& Other) Events    
These and other events can be found on our CKAS Web Calendar. Know of a bird-themed event we missed? Please send details to to get them added to our web & Facebook pages.
Oct. 1st (Sat.) 8:00am-11:30am: Bird Walk (w/ASK) Maine Chance Farm (Spindletop) 2099 Newtown Pike, Lexington. Meet at 8:00am at the McDonald's on Newton Pike & I-64 in the overflow parking area on the far side of the building. BE PROMPT!!
Oct. 2nd (Sun.) 10:00am-12:00pm: The Raven 10K Trail Run (w/Raven Run) Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3885 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Join the Friends of Raven Run and Lexington Parks and Recreation for The Raven 10K Trail Run. $45 race entry supports Raven Run.
Oct. 5th (Wed.) 7:00pm-9:30pm: CKAS Meeting Good Foods Co-Op: Rochdale Room 455 Southland Drive, Lexington. Topics: GoodGiving Challenge, our Razoo page, PROW tubes, MOTUS update. It's not all business, so by all means come!  We usually do dinner after meeting.
Oct. 8th (Sat.) 11:00am-12:30pm: 2nd Saturday Seminar: Beginning Birdwatching Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington KY. Mark Tower presents tips and tricks for birders of every age and skill level. A must for birders both new and tested.
Oct 15th (Sat.) 8:00am-2:00pm: Fall Bird Seed Sale Day #1 Southern States Co-Op 2570 Palumbo, Lexington. Do you have enough bird seed to make it to January? Now's the time to stock up. You can take your seed with you or leave it at Southern States to pick up as you need. NOTE: All stored seed must be picked up within twelve months. Proceeds support CKAS. Volunteers needed from 8-11 & 11-2: e-mail
Oct 15th (Sat.) 2:00pm-6:00pm: Party for the Pumpkins The Arboretum 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington. Fun for everyone: food, music, and sights to behold. Will there be a few Halloween raptors? Who hoo hoo knows? $7 admission, children under 2 free. More info here.
Oct 22nd (Sat.) 8:00am-2:00pm: Fall Bird Seed Sale Day #2 Southern States Co-Op 2570 Palumbo, Lexington. Missed us last week? This is your last chance to stock up enough bird seed to make it through the winter. You can take your seed with you or leave it at Southern States to pick up as you need. NOTE: All stored seed must be picked up within twelve months. Proceeds support CKAS. Volunteers needed from 8-11 & 11-2: e-mail
Oct 22nd (Sat.) 10:00am-12:00pm: Bird Hike & Banding Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg KY. Join Shaker Village naturalists as they assist in bird banding research projects and see how you can help biologists across the country compile important data. $15 age 13+, $5 age 6-12, 5 and under free. Limited space: RSVP here.
Oct 22nd (Sat.) 1:00pm-1:30pm: Be a Bird Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg KY. Learn about the local birds then make your own beak and wings from recycled materials. $10 age 13+, $5 age 6-12, 5 and under free. Limited space: RSVP here.
Oct 22nd (Sat.) 7:00pm-???: Birds, Words & Wine--A Literary Evening The Brusate-Hollis Residence 524 Rosemont Garden, Lexington. Join CKAS for our second book club evening where we'll be discussing Tom Crawford's 2011 poetry book The Names of Birds (used copies from $20 at AmazonSmile). Must bring a bottle of wine (or other beverage/snack) with a bird on it. Please RSVP.
Nov. 3rd (Thu.) 7:00pm-9:30pm: Kentucky Voices Old State Capitol 300 W. Broadway, Frankfort KY. Ok-- so this isn't so much about birds. Fundraider for the Kentucky Conservation Committee featuring Kentucky authors and artists, many with environmental themes. Admission: $20 donation.
Nov. 5th (Sat.) 8:00am-11:30am: Bird Walk Lexington Cemetery 833 W. Main St., Lexington. Meet/park around the first right turn after coming in the gate. Do NOT park in the gatehouse spaces!
Nov. 5th (Sat.) 10:00am-1:00pm: Invasive Plant Removal Floracliffe Nature Sanctuary 8000 Elk Lick Falls Roadl, Lexington KY. Assisting with the removal of exotic plants from the preserve, part of an ongoing effort to protect our native species. Please register: 859-351-7770.
Nov. 12th (Sat.) 10:00am-2:00pm: Long Hike Floracliffe Nature Sanctuary 8000 Elk Lick Falls Roadl, Lexington KY. Join the Floracliffe naturalists for a long (and likely sometimes strenuous) 4-mile hike to the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Creek & Falls, and the oldest documented tree in Fayette County. $5 per person; limited space. Please register: -- provide your name, phone, and attendees.
Nov. 12th (Sat.) 11:00am-12:30pm: 2nd Saturday Seminar: TBA Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington KY. Always something educational and exciting!
Nov. 29th (Tue.) Giving Tuesday & Good Giving Challenge Kick-Off. CKAS is one of the local charities picked to participate in this year's Challenge. Start getting excited! There will be several Challenge days when your gift to CKAS via Razoo's bggives can do more good for central Kentucky's birds. More details to come. Special thanks to Wild Birds Unlimited for again offering to be our matching donation sponsor.
Dec. 3rd (Sat.) 10:00am-11:30pm: Winter Birding Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3885 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Join Raven Run naturalists for tips on identifying our winter and year-round local birds.
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Starting November 29th!
Special thanks to

for their Matching Grant

Fall Seed Sale(s)
October 15th & 22nd
at Southern States

Do you have enough bird seed to make it through the Fall migration? This year's Fall Seed Sales will be held on October 15th and 22nd at Southern States on Palumbo. Now's the time to stock up on everything for your feathered friends! You can take your stock with you or leave it at Southern States to pick up as you need. NOTE: All stored seed must be claimed within twelve months.

Special thanks to Southern States for once again being gracious enough to host/help with this fundraising event.

Care to volunteer? We could still use a few more folks for s
hifts from 8-11 & 11-2 both days: e-mail

Bird, Words & Wine
Poetry Edition

Saturday, October 22nd
from 7:00pm to ???
524 Rosemont Garden
Please join us for the next installment of Birds, Words & Wine, where we will discuss a book of poems: The Names of Birds (2011) by Tom Crawford (available via Amazon Smile here). [NOTE: There are two poetry books with this title. Get the Crawford, not the other.]  Admission, as before, requires a sharable beverage or food item with a bird on it.  Please RSVP. Parking is limited, but Tony & Jessica's house is just a short walk around the corner from HealthFirst and Crown Foot & Ankle where parking should ample.  Hope to see you there!
Want to Win a Free Trip
to Trinidad & Tobago?

Fearing a cold winter? Already know you'd rather be a little closer to the equator next Ides of March? Then get eBirding! Between now and October 31st, every complete eBird checklist you submit will be entered into a random drawing for a free trip for two to Trinidad & Tobago. Don't have an eBird account? They're free and an easy way to track your bird sightings. Plus, the data you enter helps with critical citizen science. One lucky eBirder will be drawn randomly from among all eligible checklists. We can't guarantee anyone from Kentucky wins, but we would love to see a CKAS member's pictures from the trip. Any eBird list qualifies; you don't have to travel far or find exotic migrants--even the birds you report at your backyard feeder can serve as an entry. More lists, more chances to win. So get counting birds and eBird those results!
Kroger gives millions of dollars to Kentucky non-profits with its Community Rewards® Program. If you shop at Kroger and have a Kroger Rewards® card, you can help us qualify for these funds by linking your Kroger Rewards® card to the Central Kentucky Audubon Society under the Community Rewards section of your Account Settings. Doing so will not affect the way you accrue fuel points in any way; you still keep all your rewards and gas savings--but your points will also count as our points, helping us to a bigger share of Kroger's charitable donations. You need to enroll and then re-enroll every August to participate.  Check the bottom of your Kroger receipt  for: "At your request we are donating to Central Kentucky Audubon Society" to make sure it took.
Need to buy anything online? CKAS is now on Amazon Smile. When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase price to the Central Kentucky Audubon Society, at no cost to you! Bookmark this link Bto support CKAS every time you shop the net.

What if you don't receive Audubon Magazine?
Then you're probably not an official member of the
National Audubon Society.
You can join for $20 annually through CKAS (& help support CKAS by doing so) by following the instructions and link on the CKAS web page.
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