Kelleys Island Audubon Club

For more than 100 years, Audubon has embraced the mission of protecting birds and the places they need

For over 30 years, the Kelleys Island Audubon Club (KIAC) has taken a leadership role in preserving and promoting the natural environment and beauty of Kelleys Island.  Under the direction of President Pat Hayes and the KIAC board, the club has worked with partners for the designation of multiple nature preserves on the island, facilitated the inception of the KI Pollinator and Partnership effort, as well as helping to sponsor the KI Field Station Nature Camp. In addition, our club sponsored birding festivals (“Nest with the Birds” in the spring and “Feathers and Foliage” and “Owl Festival” in the fall) help support the Avian Research Study of Tom and Paula Bartlett. Our monthly meetings during the summer offer members and guests the opportunity to socialize with other nature lovers and listen to presentations from experts on various nature-related topics.

These efforts are only made possible through the support of our members.  Now is the time to consider renewing/joining the KIAC.  2024 membership forms can be downloaded here, Word document or PDF.

If you prefer to renew/join KIAC online, you can do that on our membership page.


The mission of the Kelleys Island Audubon Club is to bring into closer association those interested in the study of wild birds and in the conservation of natural resources of Kelleys Island; to further the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of ecology; and to cooperate with other organizations having similar objectives.

Message from the Audubon President

By Pat Hayes

All four seasons are delightful on Kelleys Island. The winter quietude is best for many, but my time is spring. The island’s fresh warm breezes bring life back. Wildflowers, including the Lakeside Daisy, remind us of what is to come. Warblers and morels. Muddy boots and tilling gardens. Faces old and new. All happy to be part of this so-longed-for season.

Our first Kelleys Island Audubon Club (KIAC) meeting is held on the third Thursday each month May through October. A guest speaker will educate us about our island.  Bring a dish to the potluck that is held right before the meeting and program.  

Our diverse group of members have one thing in common: keeping our island healthy for all the reasons we love it.  Natural areas and preserves are priceless.  Read our Kelleys Island Treasures Brochure to find these places. (Maps to the preserves are found on the web page.) The summer flies by.  Our meetings are well attended and our potlucks superb.  Summer is for swimming.  Go to the beach.  Be on the lookout for white pelicans that nest at our end of Lake Erie.  

In the fall, bird banding is very popular.  As the season lingers, get ready for owl banding.  Wow, what a wonderful program!  Tom and Paula Bartlett have conducted this research for 20 years and entertain and educate with a wonderful wit and style that impresses young and old.  A great educational experience and special way to end the birding season.  

Nature is ever changing all year long on Kelleys Island.  Any season is a great time to take a hike and while you are at it…look up for eagles.

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings will be held at the School.     The meetings will begin at 6:00 with a carry in dinner, then the program will start at 7:00.   Check on Facebook for the latest updates.

May 16–Program–Tom Henry, the environmental reporter from the Toledo Blade

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July 18

Aug. 15

Sept 19

Special Interest

The “Nest With the Birds” program is held in May and the “Feathers and Foliage Festival” is held in mid September. Every year we will be banding birds on Kelleys Island at Long Point during these two events. All programs are free of charge and all are welcome.  For dates and information go to the Bird Banding Page.

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