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GoodGiving Challenge Kicks off Today: Giving Tuesday
On November 29th, at 9:00am, the GoodGiving Challenge kicked off!  This is the third year that CKAS is participating and we hope it will be our best year so far!  We have a lot planned—more Prothonotary Warbler nest tubes, some Barn Owl boxes, planting bird-friendly tree banks at Masterson Station Park, sponsoring another Earth Day movie, maybe starting a bird-themed speaker series, the 4th Annual Bluegrass Birding Festival, and even the possibility of backing a MOTUS station to track migrants passing through our state.  None of this happens without your support.  You can make tax-deductible GoodGiving Challenge donations until midnight, New Year's Eve.  This year-end campaign is CKAS's biggest annual fundraiser; please consider making a donation—minimum is $10 and any little bit will help. Also, watch for other e-mails about special dates when your donation might go further like helping us win extra endowment funds or during Matching Grant Challenges when your donation could be matched dollar-for-dollar!

Again for this year's Challenge, anyone who wants to help can (easily) become a CKAS social media ambassador.  If you believe in what we do and would like to help raise money for our cause, you can do so simply by adding us to your social media pages. It's easy to set up: just click here to start a personal fundraiser for CKAS.
PROW Build #3 — You Can Help
So far, CKAS has orchestrated the building of 140 Prothonotary Warbler nest tubes, all placed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Wildlife Management Area managers throughout the state. Of the 100 tubes that were placed by last February, most were checked twice throughout the summer and those showed a 35% acceptance rate by PROW pairs who produced 63 documented chicks. Given this huge success, we want to do it again. CKAS aims to assemble and paint 140 more tubes on January 8th, 2017.  Save the date, location TBD.  We've applied for an Audubon Collaborative Funding Grant to help defer the cost and should know by then whether we've gotten some financial assistance for this, but we plan to move forward as if we have.  We're ordering parts and getting ready.  All we'll need is your help!  Drop us an e-mail to be added to the info & update list.
Project FeederWatch & BirdSpotter Photo Contest
Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders across North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and submit their data. This helps scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.  Anyone interested in birds can participate - including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs. You can count birds as often as every week, or as infrequently as you like: the schedule is completely flexible. All you need is a bird feeder, bird bath, or plantings that attract birds. Click here to join.

You can also participate in the BirdSpotter Photo Contest. Now through early March, submit your bird photos for a chance to win cool prizes—great bird feeders, Cornell Lab of Ornithology logo wear, even a framed Charley Harper print—from Wild Birds Unlimited. Click here to learn more.

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.
Nov. 29th (Tue.) Good Giving Challenge Kick-Off. CKAS is one of the local charities picked to participate in this year's Challenge. We're excited!  Please support us during this year-end drive.  There will be some days during the Challenge 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 many of our winter and year-round local birds.
Dec. 10th (Sat.) 10:00am: Winter Wildlife Treats Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3885 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Little Explorers event for youth K through 5th grade. Join Raven Run naturalists for a winter walk then make treats for winter wildlife.
Dec. 15th (Thur.) 1:30pm: [ * RESCHEDULED from Nov. 17 * ] Public Rezoning Hearing LFUCG Center 200 E. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Lexington KY. Public hearing (before the Urban County Planning Commission) for the rezoning of the peninsula of land on Reservoir #4 off Squires Road. This area is one of the largest undeveloped sections of Reservoir #4 and supports a wide variety of songbirds, wading birds, raptors, and other wildlife. CKAS will be sending a letter disapproving of the current development plan, but please attend the meeting and voice your opinion against the rezoning.
Dec. 17th (Sat.) All day: 117th Annual Audubon X-Mas Bird Count and Pot Luck Dinner. Multiple groups, varied start and finish times, varied locations—highly flexible! Please contact Mark Tower to be assigned to a count circle.
Dec. 17th (Sat.) 10:00am: Winter Wildlife Treats McConnell Springs Park 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington. Junior Naturalist event for youth K through 5th grade. Please call to register: 859-225-4073.
Jan. 1st (Sun.) 9:00am-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!
Jan. 1st (Sun.) +/- 11:30am-2:00pm: Bird Walk Maine Chance Farm (Spindletop) 2099 Newtown Pike, Lexington. At some point in the morning, the group from the Lexington Cemetery walk will migrate and regroup at the McDonald's at Newtown Pike & I-64 to continue birdwatching at Maine Chance. If 9:00 was too early for you but you'd like to catch this half of the morning's walk, please e-mail David before the walk so we can call you when we leave the cemetery and you can meet up with us in the McD's parking lot.
Jan. 4th (Wed.) 7:00pm-8:30pm: CKAS General Meeting Good Foods co-Op: Rochdale Room 455 Southland Drive, Lexington. Come prepared to make some plans for 2017! We will likely head someplace for dinner after.
Jan. 5th (Thur.) All Day: National Bird Day A day not only to appreciate the native birds flying free outside our windows, but also to reflect on how we treat the native birds of other countries and to "think outside the cage." Support for efforts to protect birds in their natural habitat like those undertaken by World Parrot Trust makes a great holiday gift!
Jan. 8th (Sun.) 11:00am: Protho Nest Box Build Location TBD. Want to help assemble nest tubes for our continuing Prothonotary Warbler project? We could use all the help we can get: We aim to complete 140 today. Drop an e-mail to be added to the info & update list.
Jan. 14th (Sat.) 8:00am-2:00pm: Winter Bird Seed Sale Day #1 Southern States Co-Op 2570 Palumbo, Lexington. Do you have enough bird seed to make it to Summer? 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! A portion of the proceeds goes to supporting CKAS. Volunteers needed from 8-11 & 11-2: e-mail
Jan 14th (Sat.) 11:00am-12:30pm: 2nd Saturday Seminar (Program TBD) Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington KY.  Always something fun and educational! Keep your calendar free.
Jan. 20th (Fri.) All day: Penguin Awareness Day A day set aside to celebrate Penguins and take a moment to learn more about them. 21 Penguin GIFs you can share.
Jan. 21st (Sat.) 8:00am-2:00pm: Winter 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! A portion of the proceeds goes to supporting CKAS. Volunteers needed from 8-11 & 11-2: e-mail
Jan. 28th (Sat.) 9:00am-12:30pm: Bird Walk Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3990 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Join CKAS for a guided walk at Raven Run. Meet at the Visitor's Center.
Feb. 2nd (Thur.) All day: World Wetlands Day Celebrate wetlands and the many species that utilize them.
Special thanks to

for their Matching Grant

CKAS is in need of a Lake Ellerslie Fishing Club Member who would be willing to help us get access to the area for bird walks. In the past, we frequently paired up birding at Jacobson Park with a quick side-trip along the Fishing Club's restricted area—making for a wonderful morning or afternoon of birding that covered enough of the lake to really get a handle on what species were present. But of late we have had difficulty gaining reliable access to the grounds and we miss those walks. So if a CKAS member is also a Fishing Club member who might be willing to help provide access a few times a year, we sure would appreciate you letting us know. Drop an e-mail to We promise it will only be a few times a year and always at your convenience, planned well in advance.  We need you!
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.
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