April Birding Trip
Saturday, April 25
We will visit the home of Merlin and Mary Lehman to learn about nesting Purple Martins. It has been several years since our last visit to their home near Middlebury, so join us and be amazed by the sight and sound of a plethora of Purple Martins. Merlin usually has more than 100 nesting pairs.
We will meet at 8:30, in the Kohl’s parking lot, near Miami and Ireland Roads. If you live east of South Bend or in Elkhart County and wish to meet us at Merlin’s home, please call for directions.
If you have any questions about our field trips, contact Brian Miller at (574) 291-0804 or email email@example.com.
Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast
Monday, May 25
SBEAS Wildlife Sanctuary
7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
We will be serving pancakes from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at our wildlife sanctuary on Clover Road south of the George Wilson Park in Mishawaka. Pancakes, syrup, coffee, tea, and milk will be furnished. Please bring your own table service.
Your free-will donation helps provide the bird seed for our winter feeding program and maintenance of the sanctuary.
The public is cordially invited.
May Bird Count
Saturday, May 9
Once again, it’s time for the May Count. This event is sponsored by the Indiana Audubon Society on the second Saturday of May, and includes counties throughout the state. We attempt to count all the individuals of all the bird species in our two counties in that one day, midnight to midnight. This requires a lot of help! St. Joseph County is divided into 8 sections and we will be happy to talk with you about the best fit for your time if you’d like to connect with a group; we can use help for a couple hours or for all day, whatever works best for you.
To eliminate duplication of effort, if you live near a local park and want to count birds there, please let the compiler for your county know your plans so that someone else is not spending time birding in the same place. Keep track of the time spent and be prepared to estimate the number of miles covered so that you can fill out a report form. If you are unable to get out in the field, your feeder/yard/birdbath lists are a perfect way to contribute. Many times, there seems to be more activity there than out in the field. To eliminate counting the same bird more than once, simply report the highest number of each species seen at one time. Your list can be sent to the county compiler by email or by phone message.
County compiler contact information:
Elkhart County – Lindsay Grossmann, (574) 807-4443, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Joseph County – Louise Fessenden, (574) 245-7863, email@example.com
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, activism, philanthropy and fellowship with others having similar goals.