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Peoria Audubon Newsletter:

 The Bird's Eye View

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Summer 2017



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Birding Tour of the Illinois River




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Field Trip Opportunity:

Birding Tour of the Illinois River

Sat. Aug. 19, 2017

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 bird diversity.

Starting at 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

This trip, 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 September 13

Backyard Bats, Illinois' Bats, and

Why You Should Love Them


Wed., September 13, 2017

7:00 PM at 

Forest Park Nature Center

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 to humans.

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.   

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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