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

Fayette Tops Jefferson in May 5th Big Day
Pundits were stumped and Derby-day gamblers took a hit on the first Saturday of May as Fayette County's Global Big Day bird species tally somehow edged out Jefferson's. Fayette birders ended the day's count with 162 species whereas Jefferson only located 157. In previous years, Jefferson had averaged over twenty more bird species than Fayette; but a combination of migration fallout and concerted effort helped give Fayette the edge this time around. The storms that rolled through the area the night before (and continued well into the day) filled local birding hotspots with warblers and other migrants (both counties recorded over twenty different species of warbler); but whereas Fayette birders submitted 113 checklists for the day, Jefferson birders only submitted 58. Fayette County is cautiously optimistic about the chances of topping Jefferson's count during the next Global Big Day on October 6th. Plan on joining us as we'll likely need the help to defend the title.

A Tennessee Warbler in Fayette County waits to be counted on Global Big Day
Birds, Words, & Wine to Fly Again in Early August
To celebrate 2018 as the Year of the Bird, the CKAS Birds, Words, & Wine book club has chosen Jonathan Franzen's novel Freedom for our next meeting. The novel was originally released to high critical praise, even making Oprah's Book Club list, and Franzen has been both staunch advocate for birds (as in his National Geographic essay Why Birds Matter) and sharp critic of The National Audubon Society (as in his New Yorker essay Carbon Capture). So the book selection, we think, will prove interesting. Exact details regarding meeting time are still being worked out, but the location will be in Lexington and most likely on the first weekend in August.

Upcoming Cool Bird Stuff   
More info about these and other events can be found on our CKAS Web Page Calendar and in our CKAS Facebook Calendar. Know of any bird-themed events we missed?  Submit an event here.
June 3rd (Sun) 8:30am-12:00pm: Bird Walk Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary 1305 Germany Road, Frankfort. To carpool from Versailles, meet at 8:30 in the new Kroger lot (Starbucks end); or meet at Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary at 9:00am. ** RESCHEDULED from a later date. Sorry for any inconvenience.
June 9th (Sat) 8:00am-11:30am: Bird Walk Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3990 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Join CKAS for a special earlier-than-they-usually-open walk at Raven Run. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Please RSVP by calling (859) 272-6105. ** RESCHEDULED.
June 9th (Sat) 9:30am-10:45am: 2nd Saturday Seminar: Caterpillars Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington. Tracey Wells discusses caterpillars, an important source of food for birds. Please RSVP: 859-268-0114.
June 16th (Sat) 7:30am-12:00pm: Bird Walk Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park 6614 Danville Rd, Nicholasville. Carpools leaving from the parking lot of Palomar Center near Wild Eggs at 7:30 prompt. DO NOT BE LATE! Or meet at 8:15 at Camp Nelson Interpretive Center.
June 16th (Sat) 9:00pm-10:30pm: Night Hike McConnell Springs 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington. Join the McConnell Springs staff as they explore in the dark, looking for animals that only come out at night (like owls!). Please preregister: (859) 225-4073.
June 17th (Sun) 8:30pm-10:00pm: Creatures of the Night Hike Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3990 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Join Raven Run naturalists to learn about the habits and folklore of animals active at night (like owls!). Please preregister: (859) 272-6105.
June 21st (Thur) 7:30pm-10:00pm: Nighthawk Watch & Ice Cream Social McConnell Springs 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington. Celebrate the first day of Summer by joining CKAS for our first ever Nighthawk Watch and Ice Cream Social. Meet at McConnell Springs at 7:30 (park outside the gate where we'll meet then walk to the pond) then caravan to Crank and Boom for ice cream and good company.
June 24th (Sun) 5:30pm-?: Annual Picnic & Pot Luck Masterson Station Park 3051 Leestown Road, Lexington. Join us for our annual CKAS Pot Luck Picnic. CKAS will provide burgers (please specify if vegan) for all who RSVP. Dinner about 6:30pm. BYOB and a dish/ dessert to share. Expect a short meeting and post-dinner bird walk.
June 28th (Thur) TBD: Movie Night: American Animals The Kentucky Theater 214 East Main St., Lexington. Join CKAS for the local premier of American Animals, a film about the attempted theft of the Audubon manuscripts from Transylvania University's Special Collections Library. Movie trailer here. Shos times not yet posted. Please check our CKAS web calendar or FB page for updates.
July 1st (Sun) 8:00am-12:00pm: Bird Walk Veterans Park 650 Southpoint Dr., Lexington. Join CKAS for a guided bird walk through Veterans Park. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Rockbridge Road.
July 8th (Sun) 9:00pm-10:30pm: Creatures of the Night Hike Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3990 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Join Raven Run naturalists to learn about the habits and folklore of animals active at night (like owls!). Please preregister: (859) 272-6105.
July 13th (Fri) 7:00pm-9:30pm: Steering Committee Rock House Brewing 119 Luigart Court, Lexington. Join us to help plan the next several months of CKAS walks, events, and activities.
July 14th (Sat) 9:30am-10:45am: 2nd Saturday Seminar: TBA Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington. Program TBD: always entertaining and informational.

Nighthawk Watch
& Ice Cream Social
June 21st, 7:30pm+
What peents loudly and flies low over the city at dusk? Nighthawks! Come count some with us at McConnell Springs on the first night of Summer, June 21st. We'll meet at the gate at 7:30pm, then walk to the pond where hopefully the nighthawks will be sweeping for bugs. Then we'll move to Crank & Boom for ice cream and good company. Family friendly.

Annual Picnic
& Pot Luck

June 24th
5:30 pm+
Dinner about 6:30pm.
Bird walk to follow the meal.
Need we say more?

American Animals
Lexington Premier
The Kentucky Theater
June 28th, time TBD
Join CKAS for the Lexington premiere of American Animals, Bart Layton's new film about the attempted heist of priceless books from Transylvania University's Special Collections Library in 2004, including Audubon’s Birds of America. Showtimes not yet announced, watch for postings on our calendar or FB page. We'll likely go to dinner/drinks after.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is looking for bluebird box monitors who would be willing to collect the eggs of house sparrows they find nesting in their boxes and donate them to the museum's egg collection. Sparrows often destroy bluebird clutches and taking over the nests. The Museum will send you painted sparrow egg replicas to swap with the actual eggs, which keeps the sparrows committed to the nest attempt instead of disrupting any other nests. Scientists will analyze donated eggs for contaminants as part of research to determine whether house sparrow eggs are a useful bioindicator of exposure to environmental contaminants. More information on the project can be found here. Sparrow eggs are very delicate so watch the Museum's instructional video about collection and mailing techniques.

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