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

One Hundred Prothonotary Warbler Boxes?  No Problem.

On the last day of January, a slew of CKAS members got together to assemble and paint Prothonotary Warbler nest tube boxes to donate to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for distribution to land management areas across the state.  To say it was one of our most ambitious projects yet may be an understatement. We had no idea how easily the boxes would go together, no ideal how long it would take, no idea whether we could pull it off in one day. But in true assembly-line fashion, some members drilled holes, some members glued pieces, some members caulked seams, some members picked up spray paint cans and got creative. The result: one hundred Prothonotary Warbler nest tube boxes in a day! We turned them over in early February and by now most are mounted in shady areas along marshes, streams, and rivers, ready for the returning birds. Great work and a big thanks to everyone who helped with this project!


Merger with ASK? 

We have entered into discussions about merging with the Audubon Society of Kentucky, the other "bird group" centered in Lexington and comprised of birders from Fayette and surrounding counties. The question of having two distinct bird groups here has often been raised. As Mark Tower, President of ASK put it, "The goals, focus, even the name of the two groups have been remarkably similar. We are often sponsoring the same events; we share members (even board members). Why not merge?" It seems only logical that there would be some way to meld the two groups into a union capable of accomplishing a lot more good for our local birds. The question will come to a head -- and vote -- at the ASK Annual Meeting on May 5th.

ASK has existed a lot longer than CKAS -- ASK was originally the Kentucky Audubon Society, a bird-watching group formed in 1910; whereas CKAS was formerly Buckley Hills Audubon Society, an official National Audubon Chapter formed in 1967 to help steward the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary. Initially, the division between our groups hinged on whether or not a birder wanted to be involved with land management -- KAS folks did not, BHAS folks did. But the Sanctuary is now under different management, both group names have changed from the originals, and the logic of having two distinct bird groups is being brought to question. If any CKAS member has firm opinions one way or another, they are encouraged to attend the next CKAS bi-monthly meeting on March 2nd where this topic will be discussed. The meeting will be held in UK's EREC / PIMSER Community Room (1737 Russell Cave Road, Lexington) and starts at 7:00. Hope to see you there.

Upcoming CKAS (& Other) Events    
These and other events can be found on our CKAS Web Calendar.
Feb. 28th (Sat.) 9:00am: Bird Walk Masterson Station Park 3051 Leestown Road, Lexington. Join us for our second Masterson Station Park Bird Survey. Meet in the soccer field parking lot to the left of the entrance drive. Wear comfortable shoes/boots -- we aim to survey the whole park.
Mar. 1sh (Sat.) to April 10th: The 3rd Annual (and LAST!) Rusty Blackbird Blitz  Everywhere. Help track Rusty Blackbirds on their northern migration. Can't tell a Rusty from a Red-Wing? Get help and learn more about the project at the Rusty Working Group web page. It's important citizen science which needs your contribution!
Mar. 2th (Wed.) 7:00pm-8:30pm: CKAS General Meeting UK's EREC / PIMSER Community Room 1737 Russell Cave Road, Lexington. Topics: The upcoming ASK Meeting & Merger Vote, the Bluegrass Earth film series, Arts Showcase Weekend, the Bluegrass Birding Festival. Special Guest Speaker: Stratton Hatfield.  It's not all business, so by all means come!  We usually go to dinner after the meeting (restaurant TBD).
Mar. 4th (Fri.) 7:00pm-10:00pm: Woodcock Watch Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3990 Raven Run Way, Lexington. An after-hours evening walk to look and listen for the peenting aerial display of the elusive American Woodcock. Please RSVP by calling (859) 272-6105.
Mar. 5th (Sat.) 11:00am-2:00pm: ASK Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington. Reservations for lunch were required by February 16th, but all ASK members can still attend and join in the discussion.
Mar. 5th-6th (Sat.-Sun.) 8:30am-5:30pm both days: Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Class w/ the IWRC Murray State University, Murray, Ky. An introductory course for beginning wildlife or novice rehabilitators seeking formal education with a half day hands-on lab! $190 for both days, save $40 with IWRC membership. Course completion certificate for students who successfully pass the exam and homework with 70% or higher. Limited seats still available (the March 19/20 class in Louisville has sold out, though you can try for the waiting list).
Mar 9th (Wed.) 6:00pm-9:00pm: Free Movie: The Messenger  Central Public Library's Farish Theater 140 East Main St., Lexington. Join CKAS and Bluegrass Earth for a free showing of The Messenger, a highly-acclaimed documentary which explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Movie starts at 6:30pm. Volunteers needed: e-mail CKAS to help.
Mar. 12th (Sat.) 9:30am-12:00pm: Service Outing Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3990 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Join the Sanctuary for trail maintenance. No technical expertise needed. Tools provided; bring lunch, water, and gloves. Contact Suzanne Bhatt at 859-245-6254 or email to sign up.
Mar. 12th (Sat.)
1:00am-12:30pm: 2nd Saturday Seminar (Program TBD) Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington KY. Join CKAS for a community art project by drawing your own favorite bird.
Mar. 12th (Sat.) 1:30pm-5:30pm: Arts Showcase Weekend Arts Place 161 North Mill St., Lexington KY. Join CKAS for a community art project by drawing your own favorite bird. Volunteers needed to help staff the CKAS table and answer questions about who we are, what we do, how climate change affects birds, and -- most importantly -- encouraging people to draw their favorite birds as we create a community art installation.
E-mail CKAS to help.
Mar. 19th (Sat.) 10:00am-11:30am: Jr. Naturalist - Birding is for Kids! McConnell Spring 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington. For Youth K-5th. Learn the basics of birding. Limited number of binoculars available. Please call (859) 225-4073 to register.
Mar. 19th (Fri.) 7:30pm-9:30pm+: Earth Hour Woodcock Watch Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3990 Raven Run Way, Lexington. Celebrate Earth Hour with an after-hours evening walk to look and listen for the peenting aerial display of the elusive American Woodcock. Please RSVP by calling (859) 272-6105.
Mar. 20th (Sun.) 8:00am-10:30pm: Bird Walk (w/ Kentucky Audubon Council) Rough River State Park 450 Lodge Road, Falls of the Rough. Come help us explore this seldom e-birded but beautiful and bird-rich area.
Mar. 20th (Sun.) 11:00am-1:30pm: Kentucky Audubon Council Spring Meeting Rough River State Park 450 Lodge Road, Falls of the Rough. Open to all Audubon members.
Mar 23rd (Wed.) 6:00pm-9:00pm: Free Movie: The Power of One Voice  Central Public Library's Farish Theater 140 East Main St., Lexington. Join Bluegrass Earth for a free showing of The Power of One Voice, a groundbreaking documentary examining the life of Rachel Carson and the profound implications of her environmental work. Movie starts at 6:30pm.
Mar. 25th (Sat.) 8:00am-1:00pm: Bird Walk (w/ASK) Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg. To carpool: meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot of Palomar Center (near Wild Eggs).  DO NOT BE LATE!  Or meet at 8:45 am at Shaker Village in the parking area immediately to the left of the entrance by the pond.
Mar. 30th (Wed.) 10:00am-12:00pm: Birds, Birds, Birds! Raven Run Nature Sanctuary 3990 Raven Run Way, Lexington. For Youth K-5th. Learn all about birds! Please RSVP by calling (859) 272-6105.
Mar. 25th (Sat.) 8:00am-1:00pm: Bird Walk (w/ASK) Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg. To carpool: meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot of Palomar Center (near Wild Eggs).  DO NOT BE LATE!  Or meet at 8:45 am at Shaker Village in the parking area immediately to the left of the entrance by the pond.
Apr. 6th (Wed.) 6:00pm-9:00pm: Free Movie: Trashed  Central Public Library's Farish Theater 140 East Main St., Lexington. Join the Sierra Club and Bluegrass Earth for a free showing of Trashed, a documentary which looks at waste and the risks brought on by pollution of our air, land, and sea, revealing surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. Movie starts at 6:30pm.
Apr. 9th (Sat.) 7:30am-1:00pm: Bird Walk (w/ASK) Dupree Nature Preserve -- Kentucky River Palisades 2291 Polly's Bend Road, Lancaster. To carpool: meet at 7:30 am in the parking lot of Palomar Center (near Wild Eggs).  DO NOT BE LATE!  Or meet at 8:15 am at the Durpee Nature Preserve parking area.
Apr. 9th (Sat.) 9:00am-1:00pm: Reforest the Bluegrass (w/Urban Forestry) Deep Springs Greenway 1960 Bryan Station Road, Lexington. Join Reforest the Bluegrass and help replant the pre-settlement forests that were once common in central Kentucky.
Apr. 9th (Sat.) 11:00am-12:30pm: 2nd Saturday Seminar (Program TBD) Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington KY. Always something fun and educational!
Apr. 16th (Sat.) 8:00am-11:30am: Bird Walk (w/ASK) 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!
Apr. 20th (Wed.) 6:00pm-9:00pm: Free Movie: Trees in Trouble  Central Public Library's Farish Theater 140 East Main St., Lexington. Join Urban Forest Initiative and Bluegrass Earth for a free showing of Trees in Trouble, a documentary short which tells the story of America's urban and community forests: their history, their growing importance to our health, economy and environment - and the serious threats they now face. work. Movie starts at 6:30pm. Panel discussion to follow the film.
Apr. 22nd (Fri.) All day: Earth Day  Everywhere. Celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day by getting outdoors and doing something green!
Apr. 23rd (Sat.) 7:30am-2:00pm: Bird Walk (w/ASK) Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery & Cave Run Lake (Daniel Boone National Forest) 120 Fish Hatchery Road, Morehead. To carpool/caravan: LEAVING at 7:30 from the parking lot of Eastland Shopping Center.  DO NOT BE LATE! Bring lunch.
Apr. 25th (Mon.) All Day: World Penguin Day A day to celebrate the annual northward migration of penguins. What can you do to celebrate penguins? Find out at nothingbutpenguins.com.


Bluegrass Earth
2016 Free Movie Series
March 9th at The Farish Theater
Film starts at 6:30
 
The 2016 Bluegrass Earth Environmental Film Series kicks off March 9th with a CKAS- sponsored free showing of The Messenger, a full-length feature documentary about songbirds and their decline across the globe. Award-winning director Su Rynard explores humans' deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. It's a  beautiful film, filled with close-up footage of birds in flight.  See the trailer here.

CKAS will have a table with bird and Audubon info before the event; if you'd be willing to help answer questions, sign up here.

In celebration of Earth Day (and beyond), the Bluegrass Earth Coalition will host an environ-mental film at the Farish Theater on every other Wednesday. All films start at 6:30pm:

March 23rd
The Power of One Voice


April 6th
Trashed


April 23rd
Trees in Trouble

May 4th
Green Fire
 

 
Science Fair Birds a Big Hit

Though most of the birds at this year's Science Fair were smaller raptors, the enthusiasm of the crowds didn't seem dampened, perhaps because Raptor Rehab was able to bring their leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk for her first Science Fair visit. All morning, the science fair attendees pressed up to the tables to take photos of and selfies with the birds and to learn a thing or two about each species. CKAS is proud to have provided the live raptors for the last eight years; we feel this up-close and personal experience really gets people interested in the welfare of avian species. We once again complimented the exhibit with information about birds and climate change, a priority for the National Audubon Society for the last few years. Several table visitors also noted that the door prizes were pretty cool, too. Pictures of the event can be found on our Facebook page.


KENTUCKY AUDUBON COUNCIL

SPRING MEETING
CAMPING TRIP
MARCH 19th - 20th
 
The Kentucky Audubon Council will hold the Spring Meeting at Rough River State Park on March 20th. Those interested can camp there the night before and join a bird walk at 8:00am Sunday morning, followed by the meeting & lunch. If you know you would like to attend, e-mail Angela Myers, KAC President.

CKAS can send four official voting delegates to the meeting, but anyone who is a National Audubon Society member can attend. It's your opportunity to hear reports of what all the other Audubon chapters in Kentucky have been getting accomplished for all our resident birds.
Help support CKAS by shopping like you normally do!  Kroger gives millions of dollars to Kentucky non-profits through 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. Check the bottom of your Kroger receipt  for: "At your request we are donating to Central Kentucky Audubon Society."
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