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

News of Note

CKAS is experimenting with a new format for our e-news!  We've sent several test e-mailings to ourselves (thank you test subjects!) and we are initially very happy with the results. This format should make our CKAS e-mail look more professional, maintain list member privacy, keep everyone updated in a more timely fashion, and be almost free. If we can convert the entire CKAS mailing list to e-mail only, we'll save over $500 per newsletter. That's money we'd much rather spend on birds than on paper and postage! We'll probably put out one more paper newsletter later this year, but then move to updates like this. Please let us know what you think by replying to this e-mail.

Attention Fayette County Teachers:

Would you like to have a free Chimney Swift Tower for your school? A Blue Grass Community Foundation Teacher Mini-Grant could help make it happen. Each year, the BGCF awards grants to Fayette County Public School teachers to encourage innovation in teaching and to support teachers who have ideas for creative projects that encourage learning. The program enables the purchase of special materials or resources for the classroom which are not allocated in school budgets--like a Chimney Swift Tower for a Science class, complete with video monitoring to watch the swifts come and go as they raise families! If you'd like to apply, the Central Kentucky Audubon Society would like to help with the planning and even build the tower. Applications are due soon; check with your school principal for the grant application.

Upcoming CKAS (& Other) Events    
Aug. 24th, 7:30-10pm (Sun.): Free Movie Join us at the Village Host for the KET2 showing of "From Billions to None," a documentary film that uses the passenger pigeon story (a billions-to-zero extermination in in less than fifty years) to explore important present day issues. Show starts at 8:00.
Aug. 25th, noon-2:45pm (Mon.): Origami Folding As part of UK's FUSION 2014, we will meet with student volunteers at the Plantory to fold origami pigeons for "Fold Martha's Flock," a public engagement effort to recreate an origami pigeon flock that will be suspended from the ceiling of the Education Center at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Aug. 29th-31st (Fri-Sun): Passenger Pigeon Symposium September 1st marks the centenary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon-- once considered the most abundant species in North America. Ohio Onithological Society & the Cincinnati Zoo are hosting a Passenger Pigeon Symposium to explore the legacy of the bird and how awareness of its passing help species today. Speakers include Joel Greenberg, John Ruthven, Jim McCormac, Dan Marsh, and Brian Borg. Cocktail fundraiser. Plus several tours & walks. $75/$50.
Sept. 1st, 12:30pm (Mon.): Passenger Pigeon Memorial Dedication The Cincinnati Zoo dedicates the new memorial to this once-abundant bird. Homing pigeon release at 1:00pm.
Sept. 13th, 5:30-9:30pm (Sat.): A Swift Night Out Join us in downtown Lexington for dinner and a Chimney Swift Count (locations TBD).
Sept. 19th-21st (Fri.-Sun.): Kentucky Ornithological Society Fall Meeting KOS is hosting its Fall Meeting with talks, walks, and other activities all weekend at Lake Barkley State Resort Park.

Want to keep up with what CKAS is doing? These and other events can be found on our CKAS Events Calendar.

This November, watch for our
first ever appearance in the Good Giving Guide Challenge!  CKAS has been picked as one of 155 great non-profits that will be listed in the Challenge, vying for your donations!  If you regularly contribute to our CKAS Annual Fund, please hold off until the Challenge since there will be chances to have donations matched!
Special thanks to our
Good Giving Guide Challenge

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