Peoria Audubon Society is a local affiliate of both:

National Audubon Society &  Illinois Audubon Society

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Why join? | Membership Benefits | Volunteer Opportunities | How Do I Join?

Why join?

  • Learn about birds, their natural habitats, and related conservation issues through monthly programs and special events

  • Sharpen your bird identification skills through field trips and networking with other local bird enthusiasts

  • Contribute to the collective knowledge of Central Illinois birds by participating in bird counts and censuses

  • Pass your knowledge along by assisting in public education programs

  • Voice your concern for birds and Central Illinois’ wild places by participating in conservation efforts

  • Demonstrate your commitment to habitat preservation by getting involved with the sanctuary initiative

Membership Benefits

Programs
  • Monthly programs from September to May on birds, birdwatching, and conservation issues.

Field Trips
  • Seasonal trips to Central Illinois locations, timed to coincide with migratory and wintering birds.
Bird Counts/Censuses
  • Spring bird counts for Peoria and adjacent counties.

  • Christmas bird counts centered in Peoria, Chautauqua (Mason county), and Chillicothe.

  • Eagle count, covering the Illinois River from Henry to Havana.

Special Events
  • January Eagle Day

  • Fourth of July Butterfly Count

  • Fall Bird Seed Sale

  • Christmas and Spring Bird Counts

Communications
  • Bird’s Eye View newsletter covering local activities.

  • Peoria Academy of Sciences calendar covering local activities

  • National Audubon Society's Audubon magazine (with national membership)

Volunteer Opportunities

Education
Peoria Audubon sponsors Audubon Adventures, National Audubon’s conservation newsletter, in select local third-grade classrooms. Peoria Audubon also participates in local nature-related events such as the Clean Water Celebration held for junior high students each spring at the Peoria Civic Center.

Conservation
Peoria Audubon works on select local conservation issues. Recent efforts have focused on the dedication of Peoria Park District’s Singing Woods property as an Illinois State Nature Preserve and helping Illinois Audubon preserve Plum Island, important wintering eagle habitat adjacent to Starved Rock State Park.

Sanctuary Initiative
In 2000, Peoria Audubon started a sanctuary initiative to support the long-range goal of acquiring a local bird sanctuary for public wildlife observation. A standing committee works on fund-raising efforts, fund management, planning, and scouting potential sanctuary sites.

Partnerships
Peoria Audubon partners with local and state organizations to further bird and habitat conservation. Members serve on the Heartland Water Resources Council, the Audubon Council of Illinois, and advise the Crow Creek Watershed committee.

How Do I Join?

Membership categories are:

Local Only$20
Dual Regular/Renewal
(National Audubon & Peoria Audubon)
$20-50
Make checks payable to Peoria Audubon Society.

Send your membership form to:

Peoria Audubon Society
c/o Mike Miller
PO Box 3535
Peoria, Illinois 61612

A Membership Form is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Local membership in Peoria Audubon includes membership in the Peoria Academy of Sciences. Dual membership includes membership in Peoria Audubon, the Peoria Academy of Sciences, and National Audubon Society. Peoria Audubon is incorporated in the State of Illinois with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, making all charitable contributions tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

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