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

CKAS Seed Sale: Nov. 3rd (NEW PROCESS!!!)

The Seed Sale Committee has worked with Southern States to arrange sale changes that we hope will make the process of supporting CKAS through the purchase of seed easier on our members and easier on Southern States staff while guaranteeing fresher seed for our feathered friends. Starting this November, CKAS will begin offering $10 (tax included) Member Discount Cards that entitle donors to a 5% discount on any bird seed or bird feeder/house equipment purchased at Southern States on Palumbo Drive YEAR ROUND from November 2018 through November 2019. Gone are the days of "storing" seed. By switching to a buy-as-you-go discount card, Southern States will no longer need to keep purchased seed on hand and can therefore provide fresher seed. (Yeah!)  Bonus: Southern States has volunteered to match the 5% discount on all such purchases as a quarterly donation to CKAS. Better yet: on official Sale Days like November 3rd, Southern States has offered to extend a 10% discount to card-holding members for seed and supplies purchased that day. So if you purchase $100 worth of seed on Sale Days, you've already paid for your Member Discount Card and every other purchase throughout the year puts you ahead.  Plus, you're supporting CKAS's work to help local birds. Care to volunteer? 7:30a to 10:30a & 10a to 1p shifts:

Reinhard's Bird Mural Takes Flight: PRHBTN '18
Have  you  been  down to 101 Vine Street to see Spencer Reinhard's new PRHBTN '18 mural?  The final product went up a few weeks ago and it's brightening a dim corner structure in Lexington. Here's a teaser:
   Snips from Spencer Reinhard's new PRHBTN '18 mural.

Mark Your Calendar for the X-Mas Bird Count
This year marks the 119th Annual Audubon X-Mas Bird Count. Mark your calendars to join CKAS for our local count circle on December 15th. 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 and ears in each group. Most groups start early, meeting to drive from spot count location to spot count location, with lots of good conversation, stops for coffee and hot chocolate, and speed birding. Multiple groups, varied start and finish times, varied locations—highly flexible! Your participation contributes to the longest citizen science project ever, helping to estimate bird populations—those that are thriving and those in trouble. This sort of research in turn guides our efforts to help our local birds; so your help is very, very important. Contact to be assigned to a count circle. There will likely be a pot luck after the count -- exact details TBA.

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.
Nov 3rd (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 to January? 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:
Nov 6th (Tue) to 6:00pm: Election Day Various voting locations. Vote like the future of birds depends on it. Because it may: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is under attack. Please support candidates that support this important treaty and other bird protections. Want to know who's "for the birds" and for protecting their environment in central Kentucky?  Check here.  [Hint: Barr's Lifetime Pro-Environment Voting Score is only 2%]
Nov 7th (Wed) 7:00pm-9:30pm: Kentucky Voices Church of the Ascension 311 Washington St., Frankfort, KY. ... Ok — so this isn't so much about birds.  Annual benefit event for the Kentucky Conservation Committee featuring Kentucky authors and artists, many with environmental themes. Keep the date free.
Nov 9th (Fri) 7:00pm-9:30pm: Steering Committee Meeting Location TBD. Join us to help plan the next several months of CKAS walks, events, and activities. If you would like to attend, please contact to be kept informed of the locale.
Nov 10th (Sat) 9:30am-11:00am: 2nd Saturday: Winter Bird Feeding Wild Birds Unlimited 152 N. Locust Hill, Lexington. Do your tastes change with the seasons? So do birds'. Join WBU to learn what birds like and need in winter. Please RSVP: 859-268-0114
Nov 10th (Sat) 10:00am-2:30pm: Fall Long Hike Floracliff Nature Sanctuary 8000 Elk Lick Falls Road, Lexington KY. Join Floracliff naturalists for their annual Fall Long Hike (4 miles, moderate to steep) to see Trail's End, the Kentucky River, Elk Lick Falls, and the oldest documented tree in Fayette County. Suggested donation: $10 per person. Preregister: 859-296-0986.
Nov 11th (Sun) 8:00am-11:30am: Veterans Day Bird Walk Veteran's Park 650 Southpoint Dr, Lexington. Join CKAS for a guided walk through Veteran's Park. Park at the end of Rockbridge Road.
Nov 17th (Sat) 5:00pm-9:00pm: West 6th for a Cause West Sixth Brewing 501 W. 6th St., Lexington. Enjoy some brews for biodiversity! More specifically: benefiting Floracliff. Bonus: real, live native Ky wildlife on display and silent auctions of local goods and nature-related items.
Nov 23rd (Fri) 7:45am-1:00pm: Black Friday Bird Walk Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg. Not into shopping? Join CKAS for a guided walk at Shaker Village. Carpools leaving from the parking lot of Palomar Center near Wild Eggs by 7:45. DO NOT BE LATE! Or meet at 8:30 at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in the parking area immediately to the left of the entrance by the pond.
Nov 25th (Sun) 8:00am-1:00pm: Bird Walk (w/ Beckham Bird Club) Maine Chance Farm (Spindletop) 2099 Newtown Pike, Lexington. Join friend from Louisville to bird at UK's Spindletop Farm. Meet behind the McDonald's at Newtown Pike & I-64. Do not be late.
Dec 8th (Sat) 9:30am-11:00am: 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.
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.

Fall Seed Sale
10% Discount Day

This Saturday,
November 3rd
7:30am to 1:00pm
(note the new hours)

2570 Palumbo Drive

October Big Day
Final Tally
Whoops!  We did it again!  Thanks to everyone who helped Fayette County last month on October Big Day to once again top Jefferson County's Big Day count, this time by 105 species to 94. Jefferson, with its diversity of habitat, holds the historical record for number of bird species reported with a grand total of 316 whereas Fayette only has 273. But Fayette's recent Big Day reports may be shifting the birding capital of Kentucky a little more "Central."

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. We've already gotten requests for more owl prowl events. The next Steering Committee group plans to add several of these to the calendar from December through February when the owls are most likely to be seen. Watch for prowl info in future newsletters.
If you have a Kroger Plus card, you can help CKAS raise funds through the Kroger Community Rewards program every time you shop. Simply 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 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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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.  Be sure to choose "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.

"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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