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

PRHBTN '18 Invites Columbia/Local Lexington Muralist
We've always thought the world can't have too many bird murals. Thanks to PRHBTN and Spencer Reinhard, it's getting another. The PRHBTN group, the crowd-funded entity responsible for most of Lexington's murals, invited Reinhard as one of only five muralists featured this year. A consumate bird artist, Reinhard plans to bird it up!

Raised in Lexington and now residing in Columbia, Reinhard has returned to help beautify our city by installing an original bird-themed mural on the funky structure pictured below located at roughly 112 E. Vine Street. PRBTHN '18 offically starts October 13th, but Reinhard will be hard at work painting all this week, with his official mural unveiling scheduled for mid-October (date/time TBA here). If you'd like to see him in action, stop by over the next few days. But be advised: he believes in community service so might put you to work!
 Lexington artists Spencer Reinhard plans to insert bird-themed mural here.

CKAS Seed Sale: Nov. 3rd (NEW PROCESS!!!)
The next CKAS Seed Sale will take place at Southern States on November 3rd from 7:30am to 1:00pm. Note: the Seed Sale Committee has worked with Southern States management to arrange changes that we hope will make the process of supporting CKAS through the purchase of seed easier on our members and easier on Southern States staff while guaranteeing fresher seed for our feathered friends. Starting this November, CKAS will begin offering $10 (tax included) Member Discount Cards that entitle donors to a 5% discount on any bird seed or bird feeder/house equipment purchased at Southern States on Palumbo Drive YEAR ROUND from November 2018 through November 2019. Gone are the days of "storing" seed. By switching to a buy-as-you-go discount card, Southern States will no longer need to store purchased seed on hand and will therefore be able to provide fresher seed. (Yeah!) Southern States has volunteered to match the 5% discount on all such purchases as a quarterly donation to CKAS. Additionally, on official Sale Days like November 4th, Southern States has offered to extend a 10% discount to card-holding members for seed and supplies purchased that day. So if you purchase $100 worth of seed on Sale Days, you've already paid for your Member Discount Card and every other purchase throughout the year puts you ahead. Plus, you're supporting CKAS's work to help local birds. Volunteers needed from 7:30-10:15 & 10:15-1:00:

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?  Use our submit events link.
Oct 6th (Sat) all day: October Big Day Every Fayette County hotspot. Last Spring, Fayette County's Global Big Day bird species tally somehow edged out Jefferson's. Can we do it again? Morning walks planned for every major Fayette birding hotspot. To participate, just show up at sunrise (roughly 8am) at Jacobson, Lexington Cemetery, Raven Run, Veterans Park, or whichever hotspot you prefer (even your own yard). Birders of all skill levels welcome; look for folks with binoculars. E-mail to be kept in the loop.
Oct 6th to 14th: Tree Week Various locations. Join the Urban Forestry Initiative for a variety of tree-themed talks and events.
Oct 6th (Sat) 8:30am-4:30pm: Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium Locust Trace High School3591 Leestown Road, Lexington. Join Wild Ones for a full day of info about maximizing the ecological benefits of urban landscapes. $40 to $55, register here.
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 7th (Sun) 3:00-4:30pm: Caterpillars McConnell Spring 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington. Tracy Wells discusses all things caterpillar (note: caterpillars make great bird food!).  A Tree Week event.
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. Probable guest speaker! All members welcome! We usually go to dinner after the meeting.
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 or Sun) The Big Sit Weekend...?  We like the idea of participating in a Big Sit: a 24-hour birdwatching tailgate party conducted from a 17' circle. We're open to suggestions and will talk about hosting one at the meeting on October 10th. We'll let you know if/what/where has been decided on our calendar and FB pages.
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.
Nov 3rd (Sat) 8:00am-2:00pm: Fall Bird Seed Sale 10% Day 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. Member Discount Cards (see article above) available at the event and good for 5% discount ALL YEAR. Proceeds support CKAS. Volunteers needed 7:30-10:15 & 10:15-1:00:
Nov 6th (Tue) to 6:00pm: Election Day Various voting locations. Vote like the future of birds depends on it. Because it may: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is under attack. Please support candidates that support this important treaty and other bird protections.
Nov 7th (Wed) Details TBA: Kentucky Voices  ... Ok — so this isn't so much about birds.  Fundraiser for the Kentucky Conservation Committee featuring Kentucky authors and artists, many with environmental themes. Keep the date free.
Nov 10th (Sat) 10:00am-2:30pm: Fall Long Hike Floracliffe Nature Sanctuary 8000 Elk Lick Falls Road, Lexington KY. Join Floracliffe naturalists for their annual Fall Long Hike (4 miles, moderate to steep) to see Trail's End, the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, and the oldest documented tree in Fayette County. Suggested donation: $10 per person. Preregister: 859-296-0986.
Nov 23rd (Fri) 7:45am-1:00pm: Black Friday Bird Walk Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg. Not into shopping? Join CKAS for a guided walk at Shaker Village. Carpools leaving from the parking lot of Palomar Center near Wild Eggs at 7:45 prompt. DO NOT BE LATE! Or meet at 8:30 at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in the parking area immediately to the left of the entrance by the pond.

October Big Day
This Saturday,
October 6th
Join CKAS this Saturday for the first ever October Big Day. Expect morning walks at all major local birding hotspots. We'll need your help to hold our title. Last May, Fayette County narrowly beat out Jefferson County on Global Big Day, tallying 160 species to 157. Fayette is currently the definitive underdog: the Vegas morning line favors Jefferson by 12 species. No need to be an experienced birder to participate so long as you have an average-to-good set of eyes (binoculars help!) and a desire to contribute to important citizen science. The bird you see in your backyard and report on eBird could be the bird that helps Fayette keep the lead.

New to citizen science and to eBird? Cornell offers a free online course covering all you need to know to get started. To receive CKAS's Big Day updates, e-mail Or just show up!  We have birders confirmed for morning walks at the following:

       • Jacobson Park
       • Lexington Cemetery
Raven Run
       • Veterans Park

Look for the folks with binoculars. Questions?  Call 859-312-5638 or 859-229-9421.

Fall Seed Sale
November 3rd
7:30am to 1:00pm
at Southern States
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