Wed. Jan. 11 6:30 PM
Membership Meeting - Annual Potluck & Slide/Meida Show
Bring your CD of jpgs, videos, or slide carousel, table service
and a covered dish to share. Members share photo/video
highlights from the year. Christmas
Bird Count results
will be presented. Note the earlier
time. As always, guests are welome!
Jan. 28 & 28
Bald Eagle Watch Weekend
at Starved Rock
Illinois Audubon Society is hosting a
Bald Eagle Watch Weekend at
Starved Rock State Park. This event is also a
volunteer opportunity for those who would like to help with the
program. To volunteer, contact
Jo Fessett at (217) 544-2473
Sat. Feb. 4
Eagle Daly Events - Havana, Chautauqua NWR, Dickson Mounds...
Multiple events at Havana Nature Center 10am-2pm; At Chautauqua
National Wildlife Refuge an auto tour across areas that are
generally closed to the public will be open. Call
309-535-2290 for information regarding the tour. Dickson
Mounds and Lewiston are also hosting special events
Wed. Feb. 8 7:00 PM
Membership Meeting - Doug Blogett: Emiquon Water Management
Doug Blodgett, Director of River Conservation at the
Emiquon Preserve, will be on hand to talk about the new
water management structure that was recently installed at the
facility. This controversial structure provided a direct
connection to the Illinois River. Doug will discuss all
the issues and successes that relate to the change in the water
Sat. Mar. 4 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Birding the Illinois
River - Waterfowl Trip
Join us as we hit the hotspots along the Illinois River in
search of waterfowl. Transportation, snacks, and lunch included.
This field trip also includes special access to an area of
Emiquon that is closed to the public.
Fee; $40/person (Audubon and Nature Center members receive a $5
discount) Call Forest Park Nature Center
at (309)686-3360 for more information.
Wed. Mar. 8 7:00 PM
Membership Meeting - Pete Fenner: eBird
Peoria Audubon's own Pete Fenner will be on hand to discuss
eBird and describe
why it is as an essential birding tool. 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 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.
Wed. Apr. 12 7:00 PM
Membership Meeting - Attracting & Keeping Purple Martins &
Jim Parrott, from the local
Wild Birds Unlimited, will be on hand to tell all about
attracting and keeping purple martins and bluebirds. Find out
what makes a good house. What is a good habitat and what do I
need to do to be successful?
And, he will be answering lots of questions.
Sat. Apr. 15
Field Trip: MWRD Wetlands near Canton, IL
Join us on a
spring birding trip to the 14,000-acre Metropolitan Water
Reclamation District of Chicago, located SW of Canton, IL.
This large wetland which has numerous lakes and excellent bird
habitat, is closed to the public. Bring your lunch.
Advanced reservations are required. MWRD
requires that a Facility Visit Release waver be submitted before March
We plan on car pooling to the site. Contact
Dennis Endicott 309-807-3874 for more information on the
trip and instructions.
Sat. May 6 7:00 PM
Illinois Spring Bird Count
Statewide survey of birds. This
bird count is timed to be at the peak of spring migration.
The Peoria Audubon Society organizes teams to participate in the
Statewide count. Contact Mike Miller at (309) 681-2858, Peoria
County compiler, for more information and to volunteer.
Wed. May 10 7:00 PM
Membership Meeting - Peru: Its Birds, Sites, and Ancient
retired ornithologist and past President of the Inland Bird
Banding Association, will be with us to Present: "Southeastern
Peru: Its Birds, Sites and Ancient History." Vern promises to
share his expertise and experiences as a birding tour leader
Sat. May 13 7:00 - 9:00 AM
Birding Walk: Cooper Park
Pete Fenner will lead a
birding walk through
Cooper Park in East Peoria. Meet at the North end of
the park at the trail head. Contact
for more information
Sat. Aug. 19 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Field Trip: Birding Tour of the Illinois River
This trip will take in some of the
waterfowl migration hotspots along the Illinois River- spots
renowned for both scenic quality and bird diversity. After
meeting at the Nature Center, we travel south along the east
shore of the river stopping at Spring Lake and Chautauqua, then
proceed to one of the largest wetland restoration projects in
the world, the Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve. We will
head on to Rice Lake and Banner Marsh. This trip, led by Maury
Brucker, Dennis Endicott and Mike Miller of the Peoria Audubon
Society, includes transportation, a delicious lunch and snacks.
Pre-registration required. (309-686-3360)
Register early 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.
Wed. Sept. 13 7:00 PM
Membership Meeting - Backyard Bats, Illinois' Bats...
Barbara Williams 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."