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Birdathon 2015 in the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab!

by Stephanie Schuck | May 08, 2015

What exactly is a Birdathon, you might ask? It is a yearly fundraising event coordinated by the Amos Butler Audubon Society! The mission of the Amos Butler Audubon Society is to "promote the enjoyment and stewardship of the birds of Central Indiana". Grant requests are submitted earlier in the year for conservation and education projects focusing on native bird species and their habitats. Birdathon teams then go out to different locations in the spring and early summer to search for as many different types of bird species they can find in a 24 hour period in order to raise funds for these projects. For over 10 years Dr. David Benson, a faculty member of the Marian University School of Mathematics and Sciences and Science Director of the EcoLab, has led the EcoLab Team to raise money and awareness for this cause. This year, there are 10 projects in need of funding, and one is nearest and dearest to our hearts: continued restoration of the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab. Funds will go toward the purchase and installation of native plants to continue the restoration of the EcoLab. Dr. Benson and crew will conduct their bird count on Wednesday, May 15th, in the EcoLab and on the Marian University campus.

For more information on this event, or to donate for the cause (don't forget to click on the "EcoLab Team" button when you donate!), visit the Amos Butler Audubon website:

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