The Canton Audubon Society (CAS) was founded in 1962 and has been a local chapter of the National Audubon Society in Stark, Tuscarawas, Coshocton and Wayne counties since 1981. CAS is an incorporated, nonprofit, 501-c3 organization.
Our Mission —
Canton Audubon Society strives to meet our members’ varied interests in the field of nature. For some, the focus is on birds and animals, for others its on plants, and still others its on waterways and diversities of the land. For all it is an interest to enjoy, to conserve, restore, share with others, and to educate both adults and students.
Other activities, such as field trips, displays, and speaking engagements are scheduled throughout the year and are publicized through our bimonthly publication Audubon News & Views.
We concentrate on environmental and conservation related activities.
Our members are offered quality information you can count on. In addition, our friendly and knowledgeable officers are here to answer any questions you may have about our organization.
Whether you need beginner instruction or family activities, we have what you need when you need it. At CAS, our goal is to provide you with an organization that will make you feel like you belong to a group of the highest caliber.
Canton Audubon Society Celebrates 50 Years by Lee Dolan
The honorary founder of the organization was Mr. Olias White, an ordained minister. Mr. White was from Bethany, WV. He received his masters degree from West Virginia University and served as a chaplain in World War I. While living in Florida, he developed an interest in birds and became a lecturer on them. He later moved to the Canton, Ohio area. At age of 95, Mr. White wrote a letter on January 11, 1962, to the Canton Repository stating that he felt there should be an Audubon Society in Canton, Ohio. His letter was titled “Protection Urged for Our Feathered Friends.” That letter brought action from another Canton area resident, Mr. Jack Minger, a member of the National Audubon Society. Mr. Minger, along with Judy Small, a reporter from the Canton Repository, and Arnold Fritz, a science professor at Malone College, held the initial meeting for the Canton Audubon Society.