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

Good Backyard Bird Photos Needed!
When we put together the postcard for the last Seed Sale, we wanted it to be bright and eye-catching so we used a variety of colorful birds. But several members pointed out that several of the birds we included—a Great Blue Heron, a Black Vulture, a Snow Bunting, etc.—might occur in Kentucky but they're hardly considered "backyard birds," much less birds we'd expect at our feeders.  So we're setting out to remedy that with the next Seed Sale postcard by featuring backyard bird photos by our backyard bird-feeding members. If you've got a good backyard bird picture that you'd like to have featured on the next Seed Sale info postcard, please send it to We'll pick the best shots and use them to embellish the next Seed Sale advertising card.

Thanks again to everyone who showed up for the last CKAS Seed Sale at Southern States and took advantage of our inaugural 10% Discount Day. If you missed us, the next 10% Discount Day is on January 12th. But you don't need to wait until then to get your $10 Discount Card and start saving 5% on every bird-related purchase: cards are still available at Southern States on Palumbo Drive. Just ask at the counter.
   Not my backyard!  Some "backyard birds" from the last Seed Sale postcard.

Masterson Station Park Advisory Board Rep Needed
Care to have a say in the direction of one of Lexington's biggest parks? Central Kentucky Audubon holds a seat on the eighteen-member Masterson Station Park Advisory Board which meets quarterly at 6pm on the first Wednesdays of March, June, September, and December. Our current representative, Paula Plonski (who has been AWESOME!) is wrapping up her four-year term and we need someone who is willing to be the local voice for the birds. This is an important time for Masterson Station, which is set to have its Master Plan reevaluated. This could be your chance to help push the Park toward more environmentally responsible development, increasing natural habitat areas and protecting birds for years to come. Each of the four meetings is guaranteed to run less an hour (tight ship) and there's no homework, so there's very little time commitment. And it's a chance for you to do some real good for birds. Contact

What Happened to the Good Giving Challenge?  
Several people have noticed that CKAS is not listed in this year's Good Giving Guide Challenge. About that: The Challenge been one of our best fundraisers, not to mention a way to spread the word about what we do for birds, but this year it only lasts one week and there's a steepish cost to get in, so we opted not to participate. Instead, if you would like to support CKAS with a year-end donation, mailed a check payable to CKAS c/o 525 Rosemont Garden, Lexington KY 40503.  If you would like to make a credit card donation, please use our BGCF info page (via the green Donate button). We are working on getting an active Facebook Donate button, but it may be a few months before FB processes our request. Remember, we also participate in Kroger Community Reward and Amazon Smile!  Thanks in advance.

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.
** Cancelled ** Dec 1st (Sat) 9:00am-12:30pm: 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! 
Dec 8th (Sat) 9:30am-10:45am: 2nd Saturday Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington. Educational and entertaining. TBA.
Dec 8th (Sat) 10:00am-11:30pm: Winter Birding Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3885 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Join Raven Run naturalists for tips on identifying winter and year-round local birds.
Dec 12th (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 after the meeting.
Dec 15th (Sat) All day: 119th Annual Audubon X-Mas Bird Count and Pot Luck Dinner. Multiple groups, varied start and finish times, varied locations—highly flexible! E-mail to be assigned to a count circle. Your help helps birds!
Dec 15th (Sat) 10:00am: Winter Wildlife Treats McConnell Springs Park 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington. Junior Naturalist event for youth K–5th Grade. Learn how animals survive in winter, and make treats for winter wildlife. Preregister: 859-225-4073.
Dec 29th (Sat) 10:00am: Winter Wildlife Treats Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3885 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Little Explorers event for youth K–5th Grade. Join Raven Run naturalists for a winter walk then make treats for winter wildlife.
Jan 1st (Tue) 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 (Tue) +/- 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 you're not joining us for the early cemetery walk, call 859-229-9421 so we'll know to meet you.
Jan 5th (Sat) 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 5th (Sat) 5:30pm-7:00pm: Owl Prowl #1 The Arboretum 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington. Lexington KY. Join CKAS for an evening owl prowl at The Arboretum. We will meet in the visitor center then head toward the woods, listening for and attempting to call in owls. Bring a flashlight & dress for the weather. Suggested Donation: $3/person or $5/family. Limited to 50 attendees. RSVP: (859) 257-6955.
January 12th (Sat) 7:30am-1:00pm: Fall Bird Seed Sale 10% Day Southern States Co-Op 2570 Palumbo, Lexington. Do you have enough bird seed to make it through the winter? 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 7:30-10:30 & 10:00-1:00:
Jan 12th (Sat) 9:00am-10:45am: 2nd Saturday Seminar (Program TBD) Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington KY.  Always something fun and educational!
Jan 12th (Sat) 5:30pm-7:00pm: Owl Prowl #2 The Arboretum 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington. Lexington KY. Join CKAS for an evening owl prowl at The Arboretum. We will meet in the visitor center then head toward the woods, listening for and attempting to call in owls. Bring a flashlight & dress for the weather. Suggested Donation: $3/person or $5/family. Limited to 50 attendees. RSVP: (859) 257-6955.
Jan 20th (Sun) 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 26th (Sat) 6:00pm-8:00pm: Owl Prowl Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3990 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Join Raven Run naturalist on an after-hours walk to look and listen for owls. Must RSVP by calling (859) 272-6105.
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. Select "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.

119th Xmas Bird Count
December 15th

Join CKAS for the 119th Audubon Christmas Bird Count. You don't have to be a great birder to join a count circle. We pair the old with the new, hoping to have several sets of eyes/ears in each group. Most groups start early, meeting to drive from spot count location to spot count location, with plenty of time for conversation, stops for coffee and hot chocolate, and speed birding. Your participation contributes to the longest citizen science project ever, helping to estimate bird populations—both which are thriving and which are in trouble. This sort of research ultimately guides our efforts to assist our local birds, so your help is very important. To participate:

BNOW and FASP Wanted: Masterson  Silos Get Nest Boxes
Yep, that's a barn owl box. Yep, we mounted it over Thanksgiving. And yep, we hung an American Kestrel box, too. 'Nuf said.  (Now we wait!)

Owl Prowls Anyone?
Last season, we had over 250 people show up to our scheduled owl prowls, many of whom have since attended other bird walks. This January, we've once again partnered with the Arboretum to hold evening walks to look for owls. We've asked these walks be limited to fifty attendees so please RSVP, but we've included TWO dates: January 5th & 12th. There's also a Raven Run sponsored owl prowl scheduled for January 26th.

Winter Seed Sale
10% Discount Day

Saturday, January 12th
7:30am to 1:00pm

2570 Palumbo Drive
Your Kroger Plus card and your participation in Kroger Community Rewards helps you help CKAS and our local birds every time you shop. In your Kroger account, 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 quaerterly 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."
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"If you take care of the birds, you will take care of most of the problems of the world."   — Dr. Thomas Lovejoy
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