AUDUBON

          SOCIETY OF

                     KENTUCKY

Welcome To Our Home Page

 

The Audubon Society of Kentucky is a nonprofit organization founded in 1910 that is based in Lexington, Ky. We primarily get together for bird watching. In addition, we support, through donations, activities and organizations that  share our interest in birds and our desire to enlighten the public about  our ecosystem and the need to protect it. We organize birding field trips around the Bluegrass area. We invite anyone to participate in any of our activities  and field trips. You need not be a member of our society, nor need to be an experience birder. A desire to get out of doors is all that is necessary. All ages are welcome. Please come out with us.

About Us

 

Near the end of the nineteenth century outrage began to build against the wholesale slaughter of birds in the United States. Organizations began to form to confront the mindless killing. In 1896 several “fashionable ladies” of Boston encouraged the formation of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Many states quickly followed this lead. By 1899 there were 15 other state Audubon Societies. In 1910 the Kentucky Audubon Society was formed in Lexington, Kentucky. The name was changed to the Audubon Society of Kentucky (ASK) in the 1920’s. An effort was made by all the societies to introduce the public to the world of birds, as we continue to do today. ASK is currently not associated with the National Audubon Society.

Photo by Ed Talbot

Judy Lundquist - Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ed Talbot - Black-throated Blue Warbler

Tina Nauman - Sandhill Cranes

We have only two meetings a year; all members are invited.  The first meeting is our main business meeting and luncheon on the first Saturday of March.  The second meeting is included as part of our annual Spring weekend at one of the Kentucky state parks.  The Spring weekend is always over the first Saturday in May.  It starts with a pot luck dinner at one of the shelters on Friday evening.  On Saturday, we have a scheduled walk in the morning, an optional walk in the afternoon, a Derby party and finally a short meeting and presentation. There is typically another scheduled walk Sunday morning before heading back home.

 

Our other scheduled activities include bird walks, the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), and our annual bird seed sale.  The CBC is held the first Saturday of the official count period.  Everyone is welcome to participate.  The club will compile and submit the data to National Audubon. More information can be found on the CBC page. The annual bird seed sale held in October and January is our primary fund raiser that we use to support our donations and fund our activities.  We ask for volunteers from the club to work the seed sale each year.  We have walks scheduled throughout the year, so please come out and join us and get to know your fellow members. The walk schedule can be found on the Activities page.

 

We have four newsletters per year.  You can receive them through email via our list serve, view them online here on our web page, or have it mailed to you.  You will not automatically receive a newsletter. Please contact our Treasurer if you want to receive the newsletter via post. Sign up for the list serve if you want to receive it through email or simply come here to the web page to read it here. The rest of our communication for the club is through our list serve and Facebook pages.  We use the list serve to post notices for upcoming walks and activities, to share sighting information in the area, and give notification of unusual sightings in the area.