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Peoria Audubon Newsletter:

 The Bird's Eye View

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Winter 2017



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Birding Tour of the Illinois River




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Peoria Audubon Meetings

All About eBird


Wed., Mar. 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Forest Park Nature Center

Peoria Audubon's own Pete Fenner will be on hand to discuss eBird and describe why it is as an essential birding tool.

Pete retired from Caterpillar in late 2015, but has been an active birder for more than 35 years. Pete has been an officer or board member for Peoria Audubon since 2005 and is a also a state trustee for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois, a position he has held since 2008. He has a Biology degree from Colgate University.


eBird - from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Pete will discuss eBird and describe why it is as an essential birding tool. Pete has his entire bird sighting history loaded into eBird, over 2500 checklists and a life list of 957. He will demonstrate the eBird web application, but will focus most of his time on the eBird mobile application (since his talk in 2016 focused mostly on eBird web).

Pete is mostly familiar with the iPhone application but has had some limited experience with Android, and members should be aware that there are some differences. Pete would like interested members bring their mobile phones to the meeting, download the free eBird app in advance (if they haven't already) and he will be prepared to answer questions members have about eBird. Please join us!

 Smartphone Screen Capture Showing Birding Hotspots Around Peoria


The above image is a screen capture from an iPhone running the free eBird Mobile App.  It shows a map of the birding hotspots listed in eBird around Peoria.  Zooming in or out will expand the interactive map accordingly.  Pete will showcase how the app works, in addition to many of the lesser known features.   


Everyone is welcome to come to the meeting at Forest Park Nature Center and hear about the new developments at Emiquon. 




Field Trip Opportunity

Birding the Illinois River


Sat., Mar. 4, 2017  7:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Birders at Emiquon on Annual "Birding the Illinois" Field Trip


On March 4, Peoria Audubon Society, in a partnership with the Peoria Park District, will be hosting our annual "Birding the Illinois River" field trip that will include a stopover at  Emiquon Preserve.  We will be stopping at numerous birding hotspots, all along the Illinois River south of Peoria in search of waterfowl.  Each trip is always unique as the birds are always moving around.


Plus, this time because of a special arrangement, the field trip will be special in that we will have access to an area of Emiquon that is behind the scenes and closed to the public.  Snacks, meals and transportation in a Peoria Park District van are included. 


Pre-registration Required.  Fee; $40/person (Audubon and Nature Center members receive a $5 discount) Call Forest Park Nature Center at (309)686-3360 for more information.

Peoria Audubon 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 Welcome

Meetings are free and open to the public


Monthly meetings of Peoria Audubon Society are held at 

Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights.


Keep watching the Calendar of Events  for details on Peoria Audubon and other local activities.  The public are always welcome!  We would like to see you there!

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