Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Calendar of Events




A Reminder To Our Readers:

The newsletter, Nature News & Notes, is published five times a year - September, October/November, December/January, February/March, April/May.  The Wabash Valley Audubon Society meets September through the month of May.  Our recent newsletters may be read on this website under the "Publications" menu.  

Everyone is welcome to join us regardless of birding and nature expertise level. In fact, most members join us simply to learn more about the natural world around them.

September 17th Picnic at Hawthorne Park


Join us for the annual September picnic as we kick off the 2014-2015 season.  This year we will meet on Wednesday, September 17th at the Tupelo Shelter in Hawthorne Park.  The park is located on the Terre Haute east-side on Old Maple Avenue.  We plan to meet around 5:30 and end around 7:00 - 7:30 pm.  Bring a covered dish and your own utensils.  All members as well as non-members of WVAS are welcome to attend.

Joe Dickson, 2014 Mason Award Recipient


The 2014 Wabash Valley Audubon Society James H. Mason Award winner is Joe Dickson.  Joe has been a member of WVAS for 25 years and held the vice-president position for one year, secretary for two years, treasurer for four years and was a general board member for 19 years.

He began a backyard bird list in 1989 and now has 103 species, which include fly-overs such as Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, cormorants, and White-fronted Geese.  A U.S. list was also started at this time, since he travels often.  That list has grown to 486 species.  His Indiana list consists of 286 species, 200 of which have been found in Vigo County.  Joe took up photography as a way to help document the bird species he encountered.  When he photographed a spectacular or rare bird, he printed the photos and has sold many. 

After retiring as a machinist, 11 years ago, he expanded his photos to include the rest of nature, both flora and fauna, since he had more time to study and travel. Until recently, he financed most of his trips and equipment by collecting and recycling aluminum and other metals, usually amounting to $2,000 a year.  Joe's passion is spider conservation and he will educate people anywhere he sees a spider in need.  He has done PowerPoint presentations in multiple sites across the U.S. including California and John G. Dobbs Memorial Grove Nature Center, among others.

Today Joe enjoys monitoring five bluebird houses for WVAS and helps with invasive species removal at John G. Dobbs Memorial Grove.  His other hobbies include leatherworking, creating things, restoring old cars and remodeling his house.

Congratulations Joe on winning this prestigious award.

Bird Photo's

The Wabash Valley Audubon Society has several excellent bird photographers.  To view their images, see the "Birds" link in the menu bar near the top of this page.  

Barn Owl, June 2013 by WVAS Member Marty Jones.  Marty currently has many bird photographs on display at the Roly Poly restaurant, 424 Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute.

Bird Identification

Did you know well over 200 different bird species live or migrate through the Wabash Valley each year?  Without help, it is difficult for a beginner to learn birds and their songs.  Fortunately, we are here to help and many people join our society solely for this reason.  Whether you want to just learn the birds visiting your backyard feeder, or wanting to find uncommon birds during migration, the fastest way to learn is by joining us.  We offer field trips and bird identification help events throughout the year.  See the "Calendar of Events" above for upcoming field trips and/or bird identification days at Dobbs Park.

Dr. Marion Jackson tour of the Jackson-Schnyder preserve
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