April Audubon Program

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, known as the hidden jewel in Indiana, provides an opportunity to hike and watch birds in the quiet beauty of nature. Beyond this, Carl and Amy Wilms are connecting nature with education and research to better understand our environment. This fun and informative talk will cover plants, hummingbirds, owls, and songbirds that visit the Sanctuary each year.

Carl and Amy Wilms are the Resident Caretakers at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. Carl is a retired middle school science teacher and received his Ph.D. in education in the same year he retired. He enjoys focusing on invasive plant eradication, caring for the Sanctuary, and traveling. Amy is a master bird bander with permits to band songbirds, Northern Saw-whet Owls, and hummingbirds. She recently helped build a Motus Wildlife Tracking System receiver to document flyovers at the Sanctuary, and fitted 5 Northern Saw-whet Owls with backpack transmitters. She is the current president of the Indiana Audubon Society.

Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake.

Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.

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