September 2001

The Goldfinch

The newsletter for the Daviess County Audubon Society

Meetings Sept. - June each second Monday at 7 PM

at First Christian Church

7th Street & J. R. Miller Boulevard

Copperbellies Research Update

Our own Veep and Program Chair, Rob Rold, will present our first program of the new year September 10 at 7 PM.  Rob will explain what caused a little water snake to merit such monitoring as is going on less than 20 miles away "as the crow flies".  You'll learn what man'kind? has done to decimate this non-venomous critter's population numbers and what caused the fragmentation of their natural slithering grounds.

Rob will explain the value of a habitat conservation agreement.  You will be fascinated to learn about the transmitters being used to track and study the habits of these snakes.  Our chapter is very fortunate to have access to the inside scoop on this important research project.

Don't miss this meeting!

Homeless!  Us?  It seems that we are having to find a new location for our monthly meetings due to meeting room charges at the Technical College that are beyond our budget.

We have been invited to meet next year at First Christian Church at 7th Street and J. R. Miller Boulevard.  Our new meeting location will have more convenient parking, a covered portico, and fewer distractions from outside noise.

September Field Trip  On Saturday, September 15, we are traveling to the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center Falls of the Ohiolocated just across the river from Louisville.  We will study the fossil beds and look for shore birds.  Admission to the Center is $4.  We will depart from Hwy 231 at the north end of the Ohio River Bridge at 8 AM where we can work out carpooling and caravan directions.  Time of return to Owensboro will be up to each car's driver.



What's in a Name?

Bet you didn't know that from time to time someone asks us for a copy of our membership list.  You can call us paranoid, distrusting, stingy and other terms that aren't good mental health labels, but, to date, we've declined.  We don't want people who join Audubon to be sitting ducks for solicitations and possible unwanted contacts.

The Power of the Pen

There is fear that plans are again being made to poison 2 million Red-winged Blackbirds next spring.  The reason?  Sunflower seed growers (we buy a significant portion of their crop) are losing between 1 and 2% to the birds.  If you think this loss is part of the impact of nature, and if you object to poisoning numbers of the 68 other species that inhabit the farm fields, write to Ann Veneman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250.

President Mike Henshaw urges us to get behind the Conservation and Reinvesting Act (CARA) which has just passed the House but has a real fight in the Senate.  As you might remember, this is a nation-wide effort to have a very small percentage of money generated from off-shore oil and gas drilling diverted to the states.  Kentucky would be able to receive as much as $21 million each for recreation and conservation.  To call and write Senators:

Mitch McConnell  202-224-2541

361A Russell Senate Office Building Zip is 20510-0001

Jim Bunning  202-224-4343

316 Hart Senate Office Building Zip is 20510-0001

Chlorine Facts (Reprinted from the Greater Mohican Audubon News)

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Editor's suggestions:

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Through the Eyes of an Oil Man

This article has been removed by the webmaster upon the demand of a person purporting to be the author.  


Our Next Bird Count at the Community College will be Sunday, September 16th at 2 PM.  We need a volunteer(s) to lead the outing because Charles Morris will be counting shore birds along the Mississippi Flyway in far western Kentucky that day.  Contact Charles at 926-8803 to take charge.

From the President's Perch

Well, I must say thank you for your vote of confidence in selecting me as your president for this year.  There have been a lot of great things done by past presidents and I hop to hold up to their standards.  The program and field trip committees have lined up a very good list of programs and trips for the club this coming year.  I hope that you will turn out for these meetings and trips.

I would like to take this opportunity to address several issues that are ongoing in our community:

Looking forward to a great year and to seeing, you, Mike

Bird Blind Update

To see the blind before the straw bale walls were put in place as photographed by Wendell Thompson, go to...

My very first visit to the Bert and Millie Powell Bird Blind was Tuesday, August 14th.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The site committee chose an excellent location.  The straw bale structure is 75% complete.  I returned Saturday, August 18th; working on "stucco" application was the blind's designer, Sister Lorraine Lauter, along with Chrissi Murphy, the Girl Scout project leader.

Our chapter is now assigning members the completion of the construction such as windows, doors, entry ramp, signs and dedication ceremony planning.  Sr. Lorraine will return from time to time to add her expertise and labor.

I believe when the blind is completed, our club will have a project of which we can be very proud.

Sincerely, Rosa Ann Radzelovage

Sunflower Seed Salad

(People gotta eat, too)

2 (16 oz) pkgs coleslaw or broccoli slaw
6 green onions, chopped
1.5 cups dry roasted sunflower seeds
2 pkgs Ramen noodles broken in small pieces (reserve seasoning pkts)
1 cup slivered almonds


1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Ramen noodle seasoning packets.

Shake dressing ingredients together in a jar.  Pour over salad just before serving.  Toss to coat all of the salad.  Serves 12.

Kentucky Audubon Council

Delegates Needed

Would you take a moment to answer the following questions?

If you answered "Yes!" to 3 or more ?'s, you'd be a good person to volunteer to be one of the 3 or 4 people we need to have ready to fill our 2 delegate seats.  Tell Bill Little, K.A.C. President that you are interested.

Upcoming fundraising events:

Car Detail by appointment.  Cost is $50.  The Volunteer Center will staff the clean-up teams that will wash each car inside and out down the to the ashtrays and air vents, hand wax the exterior, shampoo the upholstery-carpet-floor mats, apply Rain-X to the windshield....all-in-all they'll do an all-day going over of each car.  A retired business executive will supervise the detail work and the work will be covered by insurance.  Only one car will be detailed per day.  If you know a 'car nut' please tell them about this opportunity to have a car spiffed-up with the proceeds going to The Powell Bird Blind construction.  To schedule a car for detailing phone (270) 298-4237 or  This project has been put on hold due to serious illness in Brenda Little's family.  Stay tuned for further details.

Officers and Directors for 2000-2001  President Mike Henshaw (270) 275-4250 Vice-President & Program Chairman Rob Rold (270) 684-3209 Secretary Madeline Oetinger (270) 683-7681 Treasurer Rose Ann Radzelovage (270) 683-5972 Membership Chair Pat Connell (270) 684-5326 Education Chairs Madeline Oetinger (270) 683-7681 & Carolyn Williams 683-5863 Field Trips Chair Rob Rold (270) 684-3209 Conservation Chair Scott Holder (270) 684-1582 Newsletter Editor Brenda Little (270) 298-4237 Webmaster Eric Williams Publicity Chair Bill Little (270) 298-4237 Hospitality Chair Ova Hookey (270) 683-6364 Directors: Pat Connell, Carolyn Williams, Charles Morris, John Thacker  Lifetime Honorary Directors: Elinor Wilson, Joe Ford, A.L. "Bert" Powell, and Mildred "Millie" Powell.

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