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Peoria Audubon Newsletter:

 The Bird's Eye View

Latest Copy

August 2014



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Birding Tour of the Illinois River




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Peoria Audubon Meetings

Dr. Heath Hagey:

Health of Diving Ducks and

Ecology of Midwest Waterfowl



Wed., Sept. 10, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Forest Park Nature Center


Dr. Heath Hagey, from the INHS Forbes Biological Station, will be our speaker to start off a new season of free monthly membership meetings at the Forest Park Nature Center. 


Dr. Hagey will be sharing recent research highlights from the station where scientists are studying spring migration ecology of lesser scaup and canvasback in the Upper Midwest; focusing on the central Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  locations.  These diving duck species are the focus for state and federal natural resource management agencies; whereby previous research has indicated that spring migration habitat quality may be a limiting factor for population growth.


Wood Ducks at Forbes Biological Station


Forbes research topics have included:

  • Wetlands and waterfowl research along the Illinois River since the late 1930s

  • Declining waterfowl abundances and aquatic vegetation in the Illinois River

  • Ecology of mallards and other dabbling ducks during fall and spring migrations

  • Effects of human disturbance on waterfowl

  • Food use and selection, food availability, and foraging effort in response to variation in food densities

The Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Center at the Forbes Biological Station is a unit of the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Peoria Audubon Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 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.


Field Trip:

Birding the Illinois River

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Plan now for that late summer field trip opportunity.  Catch the peak of shorebird migration with this field trip led by Maury Brucker, of Peoria Audubon Society, and Mike Miller, of the Peoria Park District. Destination includes Emiquon, Lake Chautauqua, Rice lake, Banner Marsh and other great birding spots along the Illinois River south of Peoria.

Black Necked Stilts near Havana

Trip includes transportation in a Park District, 15-passenger van and a catered lunch. Pre-registration required. Register early as this trip fills up fast. Best for 12 and up. Forest Park Nature Center and/or Peoria Audubon Members receive a $5 discount.

Trip will leave Peoria at 7:00 AM from the Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights We will return by 4:00 PM. 

Register at Forest Park Nature Center or by calling Peoria Park District at 686-3360 for more info and registration. Fee: $35.


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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