Birding Tour of the Illinois River
Sat. Aug. 19,
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Catch the peak of
fall shorebird migration by birding with our annual, joint,
Peoria Audubon/Peoria Park District field trip. We
will take in several of the
waterfowl and shorebird migration hotspots along the
Illinois River- spots renowned for both scenic quality and
the Forest Park Nature Center, we
travel south along the east shore of the river stopping at
Spring Lake and Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, then
proceed to one of the largest wetland restoration projects
in the world: the
Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve. We will
stop at additional hot spots along the river and head on to
Rice Lake and Banner Marsh.
American White Pelicans at
Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge
led by Dennis Endicott and Mike Miller of the Peoria Audubon
Society, includes transportation in a Peoria Park District
van, a delicious lunch in Havana, and snacks along the way.
Pre-registration required. (309-686-3360)
Register early by phone or at the Forest Park Nature Center
as this trip fills up fast. Best for 12 and up. Forest Park
Nature Center and/or Peoria Audubon Members receive a $5
discount form the $35 fee. Trip will leave Peoria at 7:00
AM from Forest
Park Nature Center. We will return by 5:00 PM.
Peoria Audubon Meetings
The 2017-2018 Season starts on
Illinois' Bats, and
Why You Should Love
September 13, 2017
7:00 PM at
Barbara Williams, bat enthusiast and
expert, will be on hand to talk about: Backyard Bats,
Illinois' Bats and Why You Should Love Them. And,
immediately following this very special meeting, Barbara
said there is a good possibility of going outside and
demonstrating an ultrasonic bat detector so the group can
see how it works "in real life." She said, "This can make
for a nice informal ending to a lecture."
Illinois Backyard Bats
According to Barbara: Bats are an important part of our
lives and our landscapes. But, we tend to ignore them until
they get in our living rooms or until Halloween comes
around. In spite of our prejudices and the myths we have
created about bats, they are actually gentle, shy and
tremendously beneficial animals that pose almost no danger
Bat populations reflect the health of the environment
which is directly related to human health and well-being. Of
course, they eat huge numbers of mosquitoes and they also
help control pest insects that affect many of our crops.
Illinois has about 12 different species of native bats
but many of their populations are declining. This program
will acquaint you with some of our bats and their biology
and will show you how to enjoy them, help them and give them
a place in your landscape.
Come on out for an entertaining and educational lecture,
followed by a demonstration to see our flying, furry,
friends, while feeding on flying insects.
Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at the Forest Park Nature Center. Everyone
is welcome. And, the meetings are FREE!
Public is Always
free and open to the public
meetings of Peoria Audubon Society are held at
Nature Center in Peoria Heights.