National Audubon Society - Junior Members

Also known as: Audubon Junior Clubs

Audubon Pins

The "Junior" side of the National Audubon Society officially began in 1910, although some local groups had organized youth programs independantly. The first Junior membership pin was the Mockingbird pin. Junior groups would often be named after a favorite or local bird such as the Screech Owl Audubon Club or the Flicker Junior Audubon Club.    

  

Mockingbird

Mockingbird Audubon Society pin

as called an Audubon Button

 



                                                    

The original goal of the National Audubon Society's Junior Clubs was not to enact more stringent hunting laws but rather to educate the younger generation to of the value of birds and other wildlife: 

 

 

The educational program usually was delivered through the classroom or through already establish youth programs such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls or through local Audubon Societies.  The focus was on nature study, conservation and how kids could make a difference. Membership was only 10 cents per year for several years.

 

Publications of the National Audubon Society; Audubon Teachers' Guides, School Nature League Bulletins and Audubon Junior News were used to deliver program material.


Audubon Leaders' Guide


1953

 

38 different Audubon Society unique pins have been found.

National Audubon Society pins shown below are divided into 3 groups;

  1.  Those that only say "Audubon Society",
  2. A transitional pin noting the new title "National Audubon Society" and
  3. Those that say "National Audubon Society - Junior Member".

 Bird identification, manufactures and style of pin are noted if known.

 

Audubon Society Pins


Mockingbird

Mockingbird

First National Audubon Society - Junior membership pin

Whitehead & Hoag

Wren

Whitehead & Hoag

Blue Jay

Whitehead & Hoag

Yellow Warbler

Bastion Bros.

 

American Redstart

Bastion Bros., Offset Gravure Corp.

Canvasback Duck

Orange Manufacturing Co.

Baltimore Oriole

Bald Eagle

Offset Gravue Corp.

Western Tanager

Red-Winged Blackbird

Offset Gravure Corp.

American Robin

Bastion Bros. 7/8"


American Robin

Bastion Bros.

Celluloid

Scarlet Tanager

Bastion Bros.

Scarlet Tanager

Offset Gravure Corp.


Northern Cardinal

Bastion Bros.

Western Meadowlark

Bastion Bros.

Common Flicker, Yellow-shafted form

Bastion Bros.

Golden-Crowned Kinglet


Western Tanager

Wm. H. Hoegee Co.

 

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Bluebird

Erhman Manufacturing Co.

Eastern Bluebird

on crooked branch

Swift

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Bastion Bros.


American Goldfinch

Offset Gravue Corp.
     

 

 

Transitional Pin of the Audubon Society

 

American Egret

Green Duck Company - Chicago

 

 

National Audubon Society - Junior Member Pins

 

 

Bluebird, bluish background

Bluebird, yellow background


Northern Cardinal

Bald Eagle

American Egret

 

Belted Kingfisher

Owl

Red-Wing Blackbird


American Egret

American Goldfinch

 Northern Robin

 

Red-Wing Blackbird on Cattail

 

Contests were an active part of the National Audubon Society's Junior program. Instructors and junior members could participated in essay contests, bird listing, bird house building, bird calls and more.




The "Indiana Girl" in the title of this article is actually an adult.
 Miss Emily Boal was the instructor for the fourth through sixth graders at Emerson School in Gary, IN.





 

 

Interest in the Junior Audubon Clubs decreased greatly by the 1970s. The National Audubon Society launched a new program, Audubon Adventures in 1984 and it continues today.