Protecting our Environment...Connecting People with Nature...For Birds & Wildlife

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS)

Established in 1968 – A Chapter of the National Audubon Society since 1970

2023 Fall Raffle Items

Shore Birds-themed Quilted Bag by Julie Wexler; approx. 18” wide x 9” deep x 13” tall.  Contains two inner side pockets. This is the 13th year that Julie Wexler has shared her quilting talents by creating a beautiful, bird-themed bag for the Charter Raffle.

Framed Print of Bald Eagles by Ward Herrmann, signed and dated 3/25/1987; approx. 22” high x 26” wide, wood frame with glass.Ward Herrmann, author and artist, lived in the Catskill Mountains for seventy-four years where he also was an avid hunter, fisherman and photographer. He is perhaps best recognized as the author of the 1974 book, Spans of Time: Covered Bridges of Delaware County. His Delside Acres Studio was near Delhi, NY. Donated by Bob Davis.

Carved Loon Pin by Ward Herrmann and donated by Landa Palmer. The pin is carved from basswood and was hand painted in acrylics. The dimensions are 3” long x 1” high. It is signed on the back by the artist. See Bald Eagle print for information about the artist.

A set of 8 China Collector’s Plates from the The Stately Owls Series, painted by Jim Beaudoin and donated by Ruth Kazmierski on behalf of her late husband Joel.  Each round plate is 8.5” in diameter. The birds included in the collection are the Snowy Owl, Great Horned Owl, Great Gray Owl, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Screech Owl, and the Saw-Whet Owl. They were produced under the hallmark of the Edwin M. Knowles China Company. They are objects of art and not for food use.

Black-capped Chickadee Carving on a Tree Branch created by Rod Spangle; Dimensions: approx. 11” high x 5 wide”.  This hand-carved, life-sized model of a Chickadee was painted and mounted on a tree branch. The base is composed of a smooth river stone.

Cardinal-themed Sling Bag by Gretchen Adams; approx. 11” high x 7” wide x 3” deep; made from Charley Harper canvas fabric; zips open along the top with one inside pocket and two outside pockets – one zips closed.  The adjustable strap can be clipped on either the right or left side. This is the third year that Gretchen has shared her sewing talents creating nature themed items for the Charter Raffle.

Cardinal-themed Crossbody/Shoulder Bag by Gretchen Adams; approx. 6” high x 9” wide x 3.5” deep; made from Charley Harper canvas fabric; zips open along the top, with three inside pockets (one mesh pocket that zips & two open pockets), and one outside zipped pocket.  The shoulder strap is adjustable. This is the third year that Gretchen has shared her sewing talents creating nature themed items for the Charter Raffle.

Two new books: The Audubon Birdhouse Book and Bringing Nature Home, donated by Pam Peters. 

The Audubon Birdhouse Book is the most authoritative book available for creating safe, sturdy, and easy-to-build homes for many of North America’s favorite birds. This updated second edition includes important new and timely topics including impacts of climate change on birds, nestbox monitoring for community science, native plants, and how birders can help birds.

Produced in association with the National Audubon Society, Audubon Birdhouse Book explains how to build and place functional DIY bird homes that are safe and appropriate for more than 20 classic North American species, from wrens to raptors. Each of the easy-to-build boxes and shelves within is accompanied by cut lists, specially created line diagrams, and step-by-step photography, making the projects accessible to those with even the most rudimentary woodworking skills. In addition, this practical and beautifully presented guide is packed with color photography and information about the bird species covered: Wrens, Warblers, Bluebirds, Flycatchers, Swallows, Titmice, Owls, Flickers, Kestrels, Chickadees, Ducks, Mergansers, Swallows, Doves, Swallows, Robins, Finches, Phoebes, Loons, Swifts, Herons, and Ospreys.

Detailed information will help you properly place and maintain the homes to attract birds. And because these projects are the product of years of experience and field-testing, you can be sure you’re getting the best advice regarding proper design, safe construction materials, and correct home placement to mitigate exposure to elements, pests, and predators. Finally, beyond the birdhouses, you’ll find out how you can contribute to the larger birding community and even enhance your birding experience.


Bringing Nature HomeA fascinating study of the trees, shrubs, and vines that feed the insects, birds, and other animals in the suburban garden.” —The New York Times

As development and habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. In Bringing Nature Home, Douglas W. Tallamy reveals the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife—native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals.

But there is an important and simple step we can all take to help reverse this alarming trend: everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity by simply choosing native plants. By acting on Douglas Tallamy’s practical and achievable recommendations, we can all make a difference.

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2023 Fall Raffle Items

Purchase Raffle Tickets Here (Drawing on 10/20) ———— Register to Attend the Charter Dinner on 10/20. ———— Register to attend the program portion of the evening on Zoom. Shore Birds-themed

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The mission of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is to protect our natural environment and connect people with nature
 to benefit birds and other wildlife through conservation, education, research and advocacy.

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society
P.O. Box 544
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 397-3815

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