Welcome to Sassafras
News & Announcements:
On April 12th SAS will host its annual Spring Feeder Cleaning at Bloomington Hardware! Drop off your feeders between 9:00am and 2:00pm and pick them back up between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Our suggested donations are $4 for small feeders and $6 for large feeders. As inside at Bloomington Hardware about early drop-off on Friday the 11th!
Our annual banquet will be held Thursday, April 10th at the DeVault Alumni Center at 1000 E 17th Street. Doors will open at 5:30 for a local art show and silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6:30 and is catered by KRC Catering. Our presentation this year is by Dr. Peter Scott entitled: "Birding Alaska -- The Bering Sea and Kenai Peninsula".
Cost for this years banquet will be $30 for current Friends of SAS or $35 for non-members. For $45, you can join or renew your Friends of SAS membership and get a banquet ticket. To receive instructions on making reservations please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who & What is SAS?
The Sassafras Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the Indiana counties of Monroe, Lawrence, Owen, Greene, Morgan, Jackson, Brown and Bartholomew.
Established in 1970, the Sassafras Audubon Society (SAS) has the mission "to advocate public understanding of the value and need for conservation of wildlife, its habitat, our natural resources, and of the relation of intelligent treatment and wise use of these resources to human progress."
To create such a culture of conservation, SAS is active in environmental education and advocacy, as well as conducting field projects and outings. We host a public education program at the Monroe County Public Library (typically held the last Wed of each month at 7pm; see Calendar for details) highlighting local to international field research and outings.
In the fall of 2002, SAS started Indiana's first Northern Sawwhet Owl migratory banding station, an initial step to document the population of this nocturnal, secretive raptor. Sassafras organizes many local field outings to learn resident and migratory birds and butterflies, in season wild flowers, and our two annual Christmas Bird Counts.
Sassafras maintains close monitoring and involvement with important environmental issues such as I-69, management of the Hoosier National Forest, and oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. More recently, SAS was asked to join the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation to lend a voice about local land management and development practices.