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

Audubon: The Movie -- Free -- March 29th at the Farish
Celebrate Earth Day (a little early) with a free showing of Audubon: John James Audubon and the Birds of America at 6:30pm in the Farish Theater on March 29th.  This highly-acclaimed documentary by Rara Avis Films tells the story of Audubon, America's best-known painter of birds, and the wild creatures he loved. His passion for birds carried him across a continental wilderness to observe them in their natural habitat, and his skills as an artist and observer immortalized them and their environment to remind and inspire us a full two centuries later. His work influenced every generation of nature lover that came after him, from Henry David Thoreau's to Teddy Roosevelt's, and helped to preserve a small portion of the wild lands he explored and documented. A singular visionary in frontier America, Audubon was a godfather of today’s conservation movement. Please join us for the free showing, part of the Bluegrass Earth Movie Series, which this year will include films about Audubon, urban landscapes, and our green energy future.
Together For Birds: Nature Lovers from Both Parties Unite
Central Kentucky Audubon Society has already added its collective name to the long list of organizations supporting the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Endangered Species Act by signing the American Bird Conservancy's #TogetherForBirds Take Action petition. But that doesn't mean we don't need your individual voice as well. Over the last few years, these two critical pieces of environmental protection legislation have come under increasingly hostile attack from those who want to weaken or altogether eliminate them. Decisions made by our current Congress and Administration will have far-reaching impacts on our native wildlife. It is important for our elected officials to understand that we feel deeply about protecting the environment, that this is not a partisan issue, and that birds know no political parties. It doesn't matter on what side of the political spectrum you find yourself: if you care about birds (and we know you do or you wouldn't be getting this newsletter), please sign the ABC petition to show your support for conservation and to ensure the progress made in recent decades is preserved. Then tell all your friends.

Or if you'd like to do more than just sign a petition, CKAS members have been invited to join 350 Louisville and the Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club on a bus ride to Washington DC to participate in the People's Climate March on Saturday, April 29th. The bus leaves at 8:00pm on Friday from Louisville but will stop to pick up passengers as needed; tickets are $98 on a sliding scale (you're encouraged to pay more if you can) and available through this link. Given Audubon's peer-reviewed science regarding the effects of climate change on birds and the number of bird species threatened or endangered because of this (314 species on the brink), CKAS encourages all our members who can to participate.

Upcoming CKAS (& Other) Events    
These and other events can be found on our CKAS Facebook Calendar. (Note: Our CKAS Web Page Calendar is being updated). Know of any bird-themed events we missed?  Send details to and we'll add them.
Mar. 3rd (Fri.) 5:30pm-8:15pm: 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. 4th (Sat.) 6:30am-7:00pm: Adams County (Ohio) Amish Bird Symposium Ridgeway Lumber Community Building 3735 Wheat Ridge Road, West Union, Ohio. Join CKAS for a carpool day trip to the 14th Annual Amish Bird Symposium, a celebration of birds that features speakers, live raptors, varied activities, and a late afternoon walk at Adams Lake State Park. Limited capacity; $25, Lunch provided. Pre-Registration was due by Feb 24th but if you call 937-544-5639 and beg, they might let you attend. To carpool/caravan: Please e-mail to indicate your intent to participate. LEAVING at 6:30 from the parking lot of Eastland Shopping Center (park behind Rite Aid). DO NOT BE LATE! 
Mar. 11th (Sat.) 6:00am?: Bird Walk Western Ky. (TBD) POSTPONED Maybe Louisville, maybe further; looking for ducks, gulls, and maybe even Le Conte's Sparrows.
Mar. 11th (Sat.) 8:30am-11:30am: Bird Walk Maine Chance Farm (Spindletop) 2099 Newtown Pike, Lexington. Meet at the McDonald's on Newton Pike & I-64 in the overflow parking area on the far side of the building. BE PROMPT!!
Mar. 12th (Sun.) 12:00noon-3:30pm: Kentucky Audubon Council Spring Meeting Franklin County Tourist Commission 100 Capitol Ave., Frankfort. Open to all Audubon members.
Mar. 16th (Thur.) 7:00pm-9:00pm: Bird Photography Presentation Crestwood Christian Church 1882 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington. Join the Creative Camera Club for a free presentation by retired Courier-Journal photographer Pam Spaulding of her bird photography, and the habitats and behaviors of some of the 200 bird species she snapped during her bird-photo big year in Jefferson County in 2015. 
Mar. 17th (Fri.) 6:45pm-9:30pm: 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. 18th (Sat.) 10:00am-11:30am: Jr. Naturalist - Bringing Nature Home McConnell Spring 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington. For Youth K-5th. Learn about ways to attract animals to your home and build an item sure to lure them. Please call (859) 225-4073 to register.
Mar. 18th (Sat.) 10:00am-2:00pm: Long Hike SOLD OUT. Floracliff Nature Sanctuary 8000 Elk Lick Falls Road, Lexington. Join the Floracliff naturalists for a long (and somewhat strenuous) 4-mile hike to the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, Elk Lick Creek, and the oldest documented tree in Fayette County.
Mar. 22nd (Wed.) 7:00pm-9:30pm: CKAS Board Meeting Good Foods Co-Op: Rochdale Room 455 Southland Drive, Lexington. Topics: Proposed Stream Restoration Project(s), Walk Schedule, Web Page Issues & Updates. All members welcome! We usually do dinner after meeting.
Mar. 25th (Sat.) 10:00-11:30am: Movie: After Coal Central Public Library: Farish Theater 140 E. Main St. Lexington. Not directly about birds. Join the One World Film Festival for a free showing of After Coal, a documentary that profiles individuals building a new future in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales, inviting viewers to the front lines of the transition away from fossil fuels.
Mar. 25th (Sat.) 8:30-9:30pm: Earth Hour Everywhere. Take a step toward changing climate change. Join millions of people across the world who are part of the Earth Hour. Audubon's climate science identifies 314 of our native bird species as climate threatened or endangered. Help spread the word.
Mar 29th (Wed.) 6:30pm-9:00pm: Free Movie: Audubon  Central Public Library's Farish Theater 140 East Main St., Lexington. Join CKAS and Bluegrass Earth for a free showing of Audubon: John James Audubon and the Birds of America, a highly-acclaimed documentary by Rara Avis about Audubon: artist, naturalist, and a father of the American conservation movement.
Apr. 1st (Sat.) 7:30? Bird Walk NE Ky (TBD). Maybe Rowan County, maybe Wolfe County; looking Ruffed Grouse. Details to follow in next month's newsletter and on the CKAS Facebook page as made available. Keep the day free.
Apr. 5th (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.
Apr. 5th (Wed.) 2:00pm-4:00pm: Build a Screech Owl Box The Arboretum 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington. Need a box to decorate for the Arboretum Birdhouse Exhibit? Join Wild Bill to learn about Screech Owls and assemble your own Screech Owl nest box. Family-friendly event, children 6 and up accompanied by an adult. Cost $5 payable at the event. Limited space so please preregister by calling 859-257-6955.
Apr. 5th (Wed.) 6:00pm-8:30pm: Moving Beyond the Native/Exotic Debate Fayette County Extension Office 1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington KY. The Urban Forestry Seminar Series presents a talk (starts at 7:00) by Dr. Nina Bassuk discussing best practices for a healthy urban forest.
Apr. 6th (Thu.) 6:30pm-8:30pm: Kentucky's Pollinator Plan St. Michael's Episcopal Church 2025 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington KY. Join Wild Ones in welcoming Tammy Horn, State Apiarist, for a presentation of Kentucky's Pollinator Protection Plan and her theories regarding hummingbirds being "bees with bigger wings."
April 7th (Fri.) 4:30pm Birdhouse Entry Forms Due! The Arboretum 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington. Want to enter a birdhouse for the 14th Birdhouse Display & Silent Auction (see April 21st)?  Entry forms available in the Visitor Center and due today. Fees: $10 adults, $5 under 12.
Apr. 8th (Sat.) 11:00am-12:30pm: 2nd Saturday Seminar (Program TBD) Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington.  Always something fun and educational! Keep your calendar free.
Apr. 12th (Wed.) 6:30pm-9:00pm: Free Movie: The Nature of Cities  Central Public Library's Farish Theater 140 East Main St., Lexington. Join the Sierra Club and Bluegrass Earth for a free showing of The Nature of Cities, a documentary which explores the possibility and power of incorporating nature in urban environments.
Apr. 15th (Sat.) 8:00am-11:30pm: 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!
Apr. 15th (Sat.) 9:00am-1:00pm: Reforest the Bluegrass Hisle Park 3601 Briar Hill Rd, Lexington. Join Reforest the Bluegrass and help replant the pre-settlement forests that were once common in central Kentucky. Stop by the CKAS table where we'll be advocating for birds and promoting the upcoming Bluegrass Birding Festival. Volunteers needed: e-mail CKAS to help.
Apr. 18th (Tue.) 5:00pm: Peninsula Development Case Hearing LFUCG Center 200 E. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Lexington KY. The City Council will hear the case for Ball Homes' development of the peninsula of land on Reservoir #4 off Squires Road. This is our last chance to show our support for the area's flora and fauna. Please plan to attend. Details to follow in April's newsletter.
Apr. 19th (Wed.) 6:30pm-9:00pm: Free Movie: The Future of Energy  Central Public Library's Farish Theater 140 East Main St., Lexington. Join the Sierra Club and Bluegrass Earth for a free showing of The Future of Energy, a documentary about people and places working for a renewable energy future.
April 21st (Fri) to May 7th (Sun): 14th Birdhouse Display & Silent Auction The Arboretum 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington. Spring is For the Birds, so come see the birdhouse display. Notice a house you like? Bid on it in the Visitor Center. Proceeds benefit The Arboretum.
Apr. 22nd (Sat.) All day: EARTH DAY! Everywhere. Celebrate the 47th anniversary of Earth Day by getting outdoors and doing something green!
Apr. 22rd (Sat.) 7:30am-2:00pm: Bird Walk 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. 28th (Fri.) 8:00pm: Field Trip to DC Climate March Join join 350 Louisville and the Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club on a bus ride to Washington DC to participate in the People's Climate March (Noon on Saturday, April 29th). Tickets: $98, available here.
Apr. 28th to 30th (Fri.-Sun,) Kentucky Ornithological Society Spring Meeting Kentucky Dam Village Resort Park 113 Upper Village Drive, Gilbertsville KY. Join KOS for their Spring Meeting. Keynote speaker: Steve Shunk, author of the Peterson Guide to Woodpeckers of North America. More info at
John James Audubon
and the
Birds of America
A film by Rara Avis

Wednesday, March 29th 6:30pm

*  FREE  *

The Farish Theater
Central Public Library
140 East Main, Lexington

Barrows Conservation Lecture Series:
Joel Sartore

Saturday, May 31st

In late May, CKAS hopes to get together a field trip to hear Joel Sartore speak at the Cincinnati Zoo's Barrow Lecture Series. Usually, we'd wait until the April newsletter to mention this, but these lectures often sell out so the sooner you make plans to attend, the better. Mr. Sartore is a photographer, author, speaker, conservationist, teacher, National Geographic Fellow, a founder of the Photo Ark, and a regular contributor to Audubon Magazine and National Geographic. He documents endangered species and landscapes to illustrate a world worth saving. In his words, “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and eco- system after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves." Watch for carpool details in next month's news. Tickets are $15 available here.
Annual Birdhouse
Exhibit & Display

April 21st to May 7th

Get your 2017 Birdhouse Exhibit Entries ready!  Birdhouses can be ready-made with creative embellishments and personal touches or constructed from scratch. They can be functional or ornamental or both (we prefer functional). Note, they need to be weather-worthy as they will be displayed outdoors.  Entry forms are due by April 7th, available in the Visitor Center.
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 increase our 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."
Need to buy anything online? CKAS is now on Amazon Smile. When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase price to the Central Kentucky Audubon Society, at no cost to you! Please bookmark this link to support CKAS every time you shop the net.
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National Audubon Society.
You can join for $20 annually through CKAS (& help support CKAS by doing so) by following the instructions and link on the CKAS web page. Choosing Central Kentucky Audubon #J51 as your chapter of choice returns your first year's dues directly to the chapter so we can do that much more to help local birds.
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