Peoria Audubon Society
May 9, 2018
Local Natural Areas Open
to Public for Birding
The Peoria Audubon Society is inviting members and visitors
on to its conservation properties. The Oak Bluff Savanna
Nature Preserve and the Brimfield Railroad Prairie Nature
Preserve are now birding hotspots open for public birding.
Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve is a 22-acre high
quality oak woodlands, savanna and hill prairie in Marshall
County. It is located about 4 miles southwest of Henry,
Illinois; 2 miles west of Route 29 on County Road 1150N.
Dozens of warbler species may be found in the preserve
during spring and fall migration. Resident birds such as
Eastern Bluebird, Indigo Bunting and Baltimore Orioles can
be found nesting on the site. Bird Surveys have shown over
150 species of birds utilize this natural area.
Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve
Brimfield Railroad Prairie Nature Preserve is a
6-acre restored native prairie in Peoria County. It is a ˝
mile long strip near Brimfield that was once railroad right
of way, located at 18320 W Forney Road, Brimfield. The
Jubilee Prairie Dawgs, a volunteer group dedicated to native
prairie restoration, have partnered with Peoria Audubon
Society to help maintain this prairie. It contains over 100
native prairie plant species, which are a critical part of
the food web for many species of birds, butterflies and
Black Swallowtail on Thistle at Brimfield RR Prairie Nature
Both of these high quality habitats are listed as protected
lands by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission to assist
with the protection of high quality natural areas and
habitats of endangered and threatened species. Peoria
Audubon Society is committed to long term conservation of
these areas and is excited to share them with the public.
Peoria Audubon Society encourages visitors to record their
bird sightings on these properties at
eBird.org. Both nature
preserves are listed as public birding hotspots. The nature
preserves are open for hiking, viewing and enjoying the
natural areas. No camping, no fires, no hunting or fishing,
no collecting, and no restroom facilities are available.
Visitors are asked to follow “Leave no Trace” principles
when visiting Peoria Audubon properties, or any natural
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Peoria Audubon Meetings
Peoria Audubon Society hosts public meetings with
interesting speakers on timely topics at Forest Park Nature
Center second the Wednesday of each month from September
through the following May.
We will be starting a new
season of meetings on September 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM, for a
fun presentation that will also be educational. Cindy
Owsley of Western Prairie Audubon will show us what goes on
and to learn all about: Inside the Nestbox
Keep watching our
Events for the latest updated information on meetings,
field trips and special events.
Public is Always
free and open to the public
meetings of Peoria Audubon Society are held at
Nature Center in Peoria Heights.