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Keeping you informed about cool bird stuff in & near central Kentucky.                              May 2019

Global Big Day: This Saturday, May 4th
The first Saturday in May has long brimmed with excitement in Kentucky, and this year is no different. Contenders from near and far will rise early, prep their gear, and take their places to race for the ultimate title: winner of the 2019 Global Big Day. ...What? You thought we were talking about another race?  What could twenty silly horses have over 100+ species of birds right in our own backyards!? Blackburnian Warbler? Check. Wilson's Warbler? Check. Orange-crowned Warbler? Check. Bay Breasted Warbler? Check. Black-throated Green?  Check.  That's a Super High Five if we ever saw one.

Last year, Fayette County had a huge Big Day—tallying almost more warblers than we could count. Careful and calculated efforts (and a large storm that grounded migrants here in Lexington a few days before the day's count) helped Fayette notch 162 species whereas Jefferson only located 157. Can Fayette repeat?  This year, we've planned two all-skill-levels-welcome morning early walks: Lexington Cemetery and Veterans Park. Both start at 8:00 am and each location promises 40+ species to kick off the day's race right. Be a part of it!  E-mail bigday@ckas.org to be kept in the loop.
Get Ready to Help Fayette County Win Global Big Day in Kentucky

Board Votes to Adopt Quareterly Meetings, Speakers
Traditionally, CKAS has held its General Meetings every two months. But nothing in our organizational bylaws mandates the frequency of our gatherings. In fact, bi-monthly meetings have made scheduling difficult since one of our nonprofit officers serves on the Masterson Station Park Board as the Audubon Representative, which meets quarterly. Given that much of our present bird and habitat protection activities and updates could be addressed on a quarterly basis as well, the CKAS Board voted at our last bi-monthly meeting to switch to a quarterly meeting system with meetings in January, April, July, and October.  This will allow us to hold our Steering Committee meetings in February, June, September, and December and still not conflict with the MSPB meetings. The CKAS Board suggested we still hold the annual picnic (which has traditionally and will likely continue to include election of officers) in late May or early June. Additionally, the Board recommended we try to host relevant local speakers at each of these meetings, likely starting in October, and provide a small honorarium for each speaker's time and effort.  Look for updates later this Summer.  CKAS will still hold its annual picnic (which has traditionally been considered a "meeting" and will likely continue to include election of officers) in late May or early June; but the picnic will henceforth be a "non-meeting" event.  [NOTE: This year's picnic will be June 2nd at Jacobson Park Shelter #6 near Camp Kearney from 5:30 to 9:00pm].

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.
May 2nd (Thur) 6:00pm-7:00pm: CKAS – What We Do & How You Can Too J&H Lanmark Outdoors Store , Lexington. Join J&H in welcoming Tony Brusate, President of the Central Kentucky Audubon Society, for a talk on the importance of citizen science (like Global Big Day), why birds need our voice now more than ever, what CKAS does to help birds in central Kentucky and beyond, and how easily you can get (more) involved.
May 4th (Sat) all day: Global Big Day Everywhere. What if the whole world went bird-watching for one day? It will: Global Big Day is this upcoming Saturday! Just an hour (or even ten minutes) of citizen science bird watching can make you part of a birding world record. Submit your bird count to eBird to support conservation worldwide.
May 4th (Sat) All Day: Bird Day Everywhere. First celebrated in 1894, Bird Day was established to encourage conservation training and awareness of birds. Learn about Bird Day's connection to the conservation movement here.
May 4th (Sat) 8:00am-12:00pm: Global Big Day Bird Walk (First Option) Veterans Park 650 Southpoint Dr., Lexington. Help CKAS "win" Global Big Day with a guided bird walk through Veterans Park. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Rockbridge Road.
May 4th (Sat) 8:00am-11:30am: Global Big Day Bird Walk (Second Option) Lexington Cemetery 833 W. Main St., Lexington. Help CKAS "win" Global Big Day with a guided walk through Lexington Cemetery. Meet/park around the first right turn after coming in the gate. Do NOT park in the gatehouse spaces!
May 4th (Sat) 8:30pm-9:30pm: Owl Prowl (A Shaker Village Event) Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg KY. Join Shaker Village naturalists for an evening walk at Shaker Village to call in—and listen for—owls. Fee included with general admission ticket; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration strongly recommended.
May 10th (Fri) 6:00pm-7:45pm: How Birding Makes You a Better Person Living Arts & Science Center 362 North MLK Boulevard, Lexington. Nate Swick, editor for the American Birding Association (ABA) blog, delivers a keynote address to kick off the 6th annual Bluegrass Birding Festival.
May 10th to 12th (Fri-Sun): Bluegrass Birding Festival McConnell Spring 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington. Three day festival dedicated to all things birdy: guided walks, arts and crafts, vendors, presenters and more. More information in next month's news or at the Festival's Web or Facebook pages. Volunteers needed; e-mail birdfest@ckas.org to get yourself on the list to help table, ticket, or lead activities.
May 11th (Sat) All Day: International Migratory Bird Day Everywhere. Celebrate one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas - bird migration. migratorybirdday.org.
May 18th (Sat) 8:00am-? PROW Tube Check Day Meet at Jacobson Park near Camp Kearney where we'll conduct a quick bird walk/count and check on the three Prothonotary Warbler tubes we installed there. Then caravan to two more sets of three tubes along Hickman Creek and Lake Reba, and maybe the Kentucky River to place a few more tubes (time dependent). Contact PROWs@CKAS.org to be kept in the loop or to request your own PROW tube (swamp not included).
May 25th (Sat) 7:30am-3:00pm: Bird Walk Red River Gorge: Rock Bridge Trail Daniel Boone National Forest. Carpools leaving from the parking lot at Eastland Shopping Center (near the Rite Aid) at 7:30 prompt. DO NOT BE LATE! Bring lunch.
June 1st (Sat) 7:30am-12:00pm: Bird Walk Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park 6614 Danville Rd, Nicholasville. Carpools leaving from the parking lot of Palomar Center near Wild Eggs at 7:30 prompt. DO NOT BE LATE! Or meet at 8:15 at Camp Nelson Interpretive Center.
June 2nd (Sun) 5:30pm-?: Annual Picnic & Pot Luck Jacobson Park 4001 Athens-Boonesboro Road, Lexington. Join us for our annual CKAS Pot Luck Picnic. CKAS will provide burgers (please specify if vegan) for all who RSVP. Dinner about 6:30pm. BYOB and a dish/ dessert to share. Expect a short election and post-dinner bird walk.
   
The 6th Annual
Bluegrass Birding Festival

May 10th to 12th
at McConnell Springs

 
The Bluegrass Birding Festival is rapidly approaching! McConnell Springs maintains several bird feeders; the area has good trails and varied habitat, providing a good variety of species diversity. Several breakout sessions and birding trips are also planned. This year's special guest is Nate Swick, editor of the American Birding Association (ABA) blog.

 
2018 Audubon
Photography Awards
Traveling Exhibition
May 1st – 22nd
Living Arts & Science Center, Lexington

 
Visit The Living Arts & Science Center this May to view the winning bird photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards and learn more about local birdlife. The winning photos were selected from more than 8,000 entries submitted by photographers from all over the U.S. and Canada.

This year’s exquisite photos celebrate the splendor of many bird species protected under the over-100-year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the most important bird conservation law in the Americas, recently under siege in Congress and by the Department of the Interior.

 
Annual Picnic
& Pot Luck
   

June 2nd, 5:30 pm+
Jacobson Park
Dinner about 6:30pm.
Bird walk to follow the meal.
Need we say more?
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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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