News & Events

Opportunity to Remove Invasive Weeds

3

October

2020

Weed Wrangle Indiana at North Woods

Volunteers are needed to join the fight against invasive species at the North Woods, Igelheart Park in Evansville on October 3, 2020.  We are continuing the work started by the Vanderburgh County Soil and Water District and CISMAS last fall removing harmful plants from the North Trail.  We need your help to preserve the native trees and plants at the park.

This event is on Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 9 am to noon at the North Woods Trail located at 6101 North First Avenue in Evansville.  Meet at the parking lot at Lloyd Pool.  You can click here to get further details and you should RSVP to VanderburghCISMA@gmail.com or megan.ritterskamp@in.nacdnet.net.

New Native Plant Nursery in Evansville:

Opening

Aug 2020

Goldfinch Native Plant Nursery

Goldfinch Native Plant Nursery is a locally owned and operated nursery in Evansville located at 5320 Mesker Park Drive.  The mission of this new business is to be a resource for locally grown plants native to our area.  The plants in their inventory have been specially selected for their ability to be incorporated in both landscaped and naturalized settings.   

Plant sales at the nursery are scheduled regularly throughout the summer and fall.  Current summer sales over but check back at a later date for fall events.  Don't forget they will also sell plants at community events, farmers markets, and are willing to schedule private appointments for customers.

Visit their facebook page at Goldfinch Native Plant Nursery or email them at goldfinchnativeplants@gmail.com to learn more.  

Update on Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)

12

Aug 2020

A Big Win for Birds

A federal judge has overturned the Trump Administrations 2017 re-interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) that had upended decades of enforcement and protection for birds by allowing industry polluters off the hook for killing birds.  The 1918 MBTA, one of the earliest major victories for the National Audubon Society, has been credited with saving millions of birds.

The Trump Administration had argued that the law only applied to the intentional killing of birds and not incidental killing of birds as a result of industrial activities.  However, the judges ruling noted that the MBTA makes it unlawful to kill birds "by any means whatsoever or in any manner". Thus, the ruling is a much needed win for migratory birds, especially at a time when we have lost so many birds in recent years to factors such as habitat loss and climate change.  For more details on this update, click here.

US Fish & Wildlife Service

US Fish & Wildlife Service

McCown's Longspur Gets a New Name

7

Aug 2020

Thick-billed Longspur

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) announced it is changing the name of McCown's Longspur, named after John P. McCown, a naturalist and amateur ornithologist who first collected the species in 1851.  The bird will now be known as the thick-billed longspur after a decision by the North American Classification Committee (NACC).

The change has come about because there is a large push to have all birds named after noted individuals to be renamed.  The argument made is that a birds name should reflect some aspect of their appearance, habitat, or range.  And in the case of McCown's longspur the added impetus of current social culture has had an influence on the NACC's decision as well. McCown later served as a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and McCown's association with slavery and racism entered into the committee's decision.

This longspur will likely not be the last bird named in honor of an individual to be re-evaluated.  A total of 150 North American birds have been named in honor of individuals credited with their discovery and the NACC has stated it will evaluate each of these honorific names on a case by case basis.  Click here to learn more about the renaming of McCown's longspur.

Evansville Audubon Society

Evansville Audubon Society
c/o Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve
551 North Boeke Road
Evansville, IN 47711

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