Keeping you informed about cool bird stuff in & near central Kentucky.                              September 2018

Migration and Its Myths
Let's start this month's newsletter with an easy one-question quiz:

        When winter comes, birds...
            a.  Turn into other bird species and stay right here.
            b.  Fly to the moon.
            c.  Burrow into the mud around nearby lakes.
            d.  Migrate to warmer climates further south.

The answer wasn't always so obvious. People once whole-heartedly believed each of the first three answers. They knew some types of birds disappeared during winter; but lacking better science, philosophers and pseudo-scientists developed wild theories to explain where the birds actually went. It wasn't until Audubon's days when migration began to be understood correctly. Audubon, himself, did studies of migration, tying silk threads around the legs of birds he'd trapped on his property and releasing them; when the same birds returned the next year with silk threads tied around their legs, he surmised that many of the birds in his yard were some of the same birds he had seen there (and caught and tagged!) the previous year.

By now you have likely noticed birds beginning to gather nightly as they prepare to fly South for the winter. It's an exciting time of year for birdwatchers. The Crows are beginning to gather nightly on Lowry Lane, the Starlings have started their murmerations. Just a few weeks ago, CKAS gathered at dusk to watch an estimated 10,000 Purple Martins flock to the trees in Riney B. Park. This year's first CKAS Swift Night Out saw 100+ Chimney Swifts descend into the Michler's Greenhouse chimney; we'll meet again this Saturday to watch what we expect to be an even larger flock (our rough count Wednesday was well over 600 birds). We'll have dinner at Alfalfa's at 6pm, then watch Swifts about 7:30+ from the top of the Helix Garage by the Fayette Co. Clerk's Office. Please join us. Questions? Call Tony: 895-229-9421. (RSVP for dinner to to ensure seating.)
 Fishermen pulling hibernating swallows from a lake (Archbishop Olaus Mangus, 1555)

Seed Sale Changes in the Works (Stay Tuned)
CKAS is in the process of working out some changes to our annual Seed Sale Fundraiser at Southern States and possibly even working out an arrangement with Wild Birds Unlimited to start a fundraising program there, too. We still have a number of details to work out, but both establishments would like to make arrangements for CKAS members to raise funds in exchange for our support. Quite frankly, we support any establishment that encourages people to feed the birds, but we do greatly appreciate these two local companies' willingness to work with us. Both will likely invovle donations to CKAS tied to some sort of card or discount card program, and we can already guarantee that neither will include stored seed since such a program requires in-stock seed on hand longer that tends to get very stale (and birds prefer fresh!). Watch for more details in our next newsletter...

Upcoming CKAS (& Other) Events    
These and other events can be found on our new CKAS Web Page Calendar and in our CKAS Facebook Calendar. Know of any bird-themed events we missed?  Our new Web Page Calendar has a submit events link.
Sep 6th (Thu) All Day: World Shorebirds Day Everywhere. Promote shorebird habitat conservation. Find a shorebird event near you.
Sep 8th (Sat) 9:30am-11:00am: 2nd Saturday: Birds of Prey Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington. Come see the live education raptors from RROKI. Please RSVP if you plan to attend 859-268-0114 and consider bringing an item to donate: RROKI always needs bleach, Simple Green Cleaning Solution, fragrance free laundry detergent, isopropyl alcohol, Gerber's Chicken & Gravy/Turkey & Gravy baby food, and latex/nitrile gloves.
Sep 8th (Sat) 6:00pm-9:30pm: Swift Night Out + Dinner #2  Alfalfa 141 E. Main, Lexington. Join us for dinner and our second A Swift Night Out Chimney Swift count (best chimney is the smokestack behind the gov't building as viewed from atop the Helix Garage). RSVP for dinner to Not hungry but want to see the swifts? That's OK, too. Questions: call Tony (cell) 859-229-9421.
Sep 9th (Sun) 7:30am-1:00pm: Bird Walk Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery 120 Fish Hatchery Road, Morehead KY. Missed Shorebirds Day? Make up for it by joining us as we look for them at a shorebird hotspot. To carpool, meet at 7:30 am in the parking lot of Eastland Shopping Center (near the Rite Aid). Bring lunch.
Sep 12th (Wed) 12:00-1:30pm: A Novel Lunch Ashland Henry Clay Estate 120 Sycamore Road, Lexington. Join Ashland in welcoming Bob Willcutt for lunch and a discussion of his new book, Feathers of Fayette. $15 Ashland members, $20 non-members. Call 859-266-8581 x202 to register/prepay. Includes meal from the Ginkgo Tree Cafe
Sep 14th to 16th (Fri-Sun) Kentucky Ornithological Society Annual Meeting Pine Mountain State Resort Park 1050 St. Park Rd., Pineville KY. Join KOS for their Annual Meeting. More info at
Sep 22nd (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!
Sep 22nd (Sat) 11:00am-1:00pm: Monarch Butterfly Tagging Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg KY. Join Shaker Village naturalists for an easy hike through the Preserve, a discussion of wildflowers, and the chance to tag migrating monarchs. Limited availability; $25 per person. Purchase tickets.
Sep 29th (Sat) 8:30am-2:00pm: Bird Walk Berea Woods Big Hill Rd, Hwy 21E, Berea. Carpools leaving from the outside parking lot of Lakeside Golf Course 3725 Richmond Road (Coys Drive) at 8:30 prompt. Bring lunch. Or meet at the Forestry Outreach Center (2047 Big Hill, Berea) at 9:00am.
Sept 30th (Sun) 11:00am-2:00pm CT: Kentucky Audubon Council Meeting Mammoth Cave Lodge, 411 Ring Road, Mammoth Cave, KY. Open to all National Audubon members. To carpool/caravan from Lexington/ Versailles, RSVP and expect to leave about 9:00am.
Oct 6th (Sat) 8:30am-2:00pm: Global Big Day Last Spring, Fayette County's Global Big Day bird species tally somehow edged out Jefferson's. Can we do it again? Watch next month's news for walk plans, but expect a morning walk at EVERY major local hotspot.
Oct 7th (Sun) 10:00am-12:00pm: 5K & 10K Trail Run Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3885 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Join the Friends of Raven Run and Lexington Parks and Recreation for The 2018 Robin 5K & Raven 10K Trail Runs. 5K $25 or 10K $35 race entry fee supports Raven Run. Volunteers and donations gladly accepted.
Oct 10th (Wed) 6:45pm-9:00pm: General Meeting Lexington Public Library, Central Branch 140 E. Main Street, Lexington. Conference Room B (as in Bird). Join CKAS for updates on current projects, walks, advocacy, and fundraising. All members welcome! We usually go to dinner someplace vegan-friendly after the meeting.
Oct 13th (Sat) 9:30am-11:00am: 2nd Saturday: Racing Pigeons Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington. Details TBA.
Oct 13th (Sat) 2:00pm-6:00pm: Party for the Pumpkins The Arboretum 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington. Fun for everyone: food, music, and sights to behold. (Hopefully, we'll be arranging some Halloween raptors.) $7 admission, children under 2 free. More info here.
Oct 13-14th (Sat & Sun) The Big Sit Weekend...?  We like the idea of participating in a Big Sit, but there's a lot going on in the weeks leading up to this date so we may wait until next year. Nonetheless, we wanted to put this out there in case anyone could suggest a really good local 17' circle from which to conduct a 24-hour birdwatching tailgate party.
Oct 16th (Tue) all day: National Feral Cat Day Boo! Hiss! Feral cats are one of the biggest threats to our native bird populations. Why is this even a holiday? Keep your cats indoors.

"If you take care of the birds,
you will take care of most of the problems of the world."
- Dr. Thomas Lovejoy

A Swift Night Out #2
September 8th, 6:00-9:00pm
Join CKAS for our second Swift Night Out. We'll have dinner at Alfalfa then walk to the top of the Helix garage to watch and count the swift flock roosting in the smokestack. In previous years, CKAS recorded as many as 600+ birds dropping into this communal roost for the evening. How many will show up this year? Come have dinner and then help us count. (Our preliminary stake-out count tallied many more.) If you've never seen so many birds tornado down into a chimney in under thirty minutes, this is your chance. It will amaze you. NOTE: Please RSVP if you plan on dinner so we know how many to expect.
A Novel Lunch
Sept 12th, 12:00-1:30pm
Join the folks at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, in welcoming Bob Willcutt for a lunch talk about his new book Feathers of Fayette.

Feathers of Fayette provides even the casual bird lover with an extraordinary collection of close up and action photographs captured with precision and style by Bob Willcutt, Lexington native, guitar expert, and avian photographer extraordinaire. Raptors, Waterfowl, and backyard birds captured with beauty and detail.

Admission: $15 Ashland members; $20 for non-members. Must RSVP, prepay: 859-266-8581, extension 202. Includes talk, book signing, and lunch from the Ginkgo Tree Café.
If you have a Kroger Plus card, you can help CKAS raise funds through the Kroger Community Rewards program every time you shop. Simply select Central Kentucky Audubon Society (Org. #65224) as your Reward Charity of choice. Doing so will NOT affect your fuel point savings, but will help CKAS increase its share of Kroger's donations. We currently earn about $200 a year with this program; more families linking their Kroger Plus cards to our cause would greatly help us help birds. Check the bottom of your next Kroger receipt to make sure it says: "At your request we are donating to Central Kentucky Audubon Society."
Need to buy anything online? CKAS is supported by Amazon Smile. If you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase price to the Central Kentucky Audubon Society, at no cost to you! Please bookmark this link to 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 don't have to be to get our newsletter or attend events, but you can join NAS for only $20 annually (& help support CKAS in the process) by following his link.  Be sure to choose "KY | Central Kentucky Audubon (J51)" under the Chapter Donation Designation menu to automatically return your first year's dues directly to our chapter so we can do that much more to help local birds.

President's Note: My apologies for the late newsletter. As some of you know, I have accepted a math teaching position at The Learning Center. All the prep work required has me a little behind in just about everything. I would gladly accept a news co-editor and I can show you how to work MailChimp in under an hour. It's actually pretty fun to put this together, but it does take a bit of time. Let me know if you would like to help, and thanks for all you do for birds. — Tony.
524 Rosemont Garden | Lexington KY 40503
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