Irwin Library and Bird Sanctuary

By , April 1, 2015 8:36 am

We are excited to announce that the Irwin Library has received a grant from the Indiana Audubon Society that will match the capital funds the university is giving us in 2015/2016! This grant will allow us to not only fix some structural issues with the building, but will allow us to transform our atrium into a multipurpose space where sunlight flows in through the glass ceiling, students study at tables, trees soar towards the stacks, and flamingos frolic in the fountain – the Irwin Library and Bird Sanctuary!

Imagine yourself attending a fall meeting with a student with all of the glorious birds and wildflowers on display at the sanctuary, or picture yourself drinking a coffee and reading the paper under a soaring palm to the soothing sound of birdsong. Or, thinking of Butler 20/20, envision organizing living-classroom teaching, creating programs for wildlife study and developing curriculum based around the local and exotic species we will be helping to save.

This grant should allow us to hire a full time Avian Caretaker, and Transplant, our current plant vendor, will be able to assist with our increased plant care needs. We are hoping to gain accreditation with both the American Sanctuary Association (ASA) and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). Construction on the space will begin in May immediately following graduation.

Irwin Library and Bird Sanctuary

Artist’s rendering of new space


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