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News & Announcements:
Toyota and the National Audubon Society this week announced that an $18,248 Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grant will be awarded to a Bloomington-based project that will bring our community’s woodlands alive with wildflowers, butterflies, and birds.
Toyota TogetherGreen, a national conservation program of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, invests in conservation initiatives that use innovative approaches and technologies to engage new and diverse audiences in addressing pressing environmental problems.
With its Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grant, the Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project will provide neighborhoods, students of all ages, and plant nursery retailers with opportunities to learn about the many benefits – aesthetic to therapeutic – of Indiana’s rich natural heritage of native woodlands and to promote healthy interactions with this precious local resource.
The full press release can be read here.
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.