September Membership Meeting and Presentation
Sunday, September 10
2 pm - 4 pm
Rum Village Nature Center
The program will be presented by Lainey Bristow, who will talk to us about the endangered Karner blue butterfly and how it is being affected by climate change. Lainey recently obtained a Master’s degree in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focused on cyclic and seasonal aspects of climate changes as they affect the Karner blue butterfly, and her thesis analyzed the physiological, biological, and demographic responses of the butterfly to climate change.
This work resulted in management recommendations made to a variety of private, state, and national wildlife organizations. Lainey currently works as a biology teacher at St. Joseph High School in South Bend.
The public is invited and we hope to see you there.
7:30 am - 10 am
SBEAS Wildlife Sanctuary
Pecan, blueberry and perfectly plain pancakes will be served hot off the outdoor griddle in our open shelter house nestled in the woods. Please bring your own table service and a free-will donation.
Your donations help provide the bird seed for our winter feeding program and maintenance of the Sanctuary.
Native Plant Sale and Work Day
Saturday, September 9
10 am - 2 pm
SBEAS Wildlife Sanctuary
South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society and INPAWS North Chapter are hosting a combination work day and native plant sale. Both organizations are asking for volunteers to help remove invasive plants from the property. Our first target plant will be multiflora rose.
Bring tools and heavy gloves. Some supplies will be available at the Sanctuary. If you come to help out at the workday, please come prepared with long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, sun hat, work gloves, water, and insect repellent. Contributions of snacks and water for workers are welcomed. Contact Heidi Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org to be scheduled to help on that day.
A native plant sale to benefit INPAWS North Chapter will be held on-site during the work day. A list of species available for pre-order is available from Sue Stuckman (email@example.com) or Heidi Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org). Plants will be at the Sanctuary to be picked up on September 9th during the work day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will also be extra plants for sale.
If you have a pre-order you will be assured of getting your selections. Please place pre-orders by August 27th. Forb, grass, and sedge plugs will be sold for $4 and quarts for $8. Ninebark shrubs and American plum trees will also be available in several sizes. Plants are being provided by Naturally Native Nursery in South Bend. Additional native species will be available on the day of the sale.
The mission of the South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society is to promote stewardship of our natural resources with a special emphasis on birds. We achieve this goal through education, conservation, philanthropy and fellowship with others having similar goals.