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Peoria Audubon Meetings


Colin Dobson:

Favorite Hotspots and Birds of Illinois 


Wednesday, May 10 @ 7:00 p.m.


Live in-person at Forest Park Nature Center and Streamed via Zoom

Send email request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for Zoom link


Join us for an exciting evening with Colin Dobson at Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights.  Colin's presentation will be simultaneously streamed live via Zoom. Colin is a frequent volunteer birding field guide for Illinois Ornithological Society and Champaign Audubon Society in addition to being a professional bird guide, author, and full time student & researcher at the University of Illinois.


First Book Published by Colin Dobson (Amazon Image)


Colin co-authored and published his first book in 2018 while still a senior in high school in Jacksonville, IL.  The book, A Guide to Finding Birds Along The Illinois River Flyway, is still available on Amazon.


"With over 360 species reported, 150 breeding species, and many accessible properties and habitats, the Illinois River Flyway is one of the premier birding hotspots in North America."  


Colin Dobson - photo: State Journal-Register


According to Amazon, "Whether you are an “hardcore birder” trying to chase down a regional specialty or a novice birdwatcher trying to find good places to find new birds, offers insights and advice from the best known birders in the region."


Send email request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for link to the Zoom or show up in person at Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights. 


Peoria Audubon meetings always feature timely topics and everyone is welcome.  And, the meetings are always FREE! 


Keep watching our Calendar of Events for the latest updated information on meetings, field trips and special events. 


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.

Peoria Audubon Society   

Local Natural Areas Open to Public for Birding

The Peoria Audubon Society is inviting members and visitors on to its conservation properties. The Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve and the Brimfield Railroad Prairie Nature Preserve are now birding hotspots open for public birding.


The Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve is a 22-acre high quality oak woodlands, savanna and hill prairie in Marshall County. It is located about 4 miles southwest of Henry, Illinois; 2 miles west of Route 29 on County Road 1150N. Dozens of warbler species may be found in the preserve during spring and fall migration. Resident birds such as Eastern Bluebird, Indigo Bunting and Baltimore Orioles can be found nesting on the site. Bird Surveys have shown over 150 species of birds utilize this natural area.


Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve


The Brimfield Railroad Prairie Nature Preserve is a 6-acre restored native prairie in Peoria County. It is a ˝ mile long strip near Brimfield that was once railroad right of way, located at 18320 W Forney Road, Brimfield. The Jubilee Prairie Dawgs, a volunteer group dedicated to native prairie restoration, have partnered with Peoria Audubon Society to help maintain this prairie. It contains over 100 native prairie plant species, which are a critical part of the food web for many species of birds, butterflies and bees.


Black Swallowtail on Thistle at Brimfield RR Prairie Nature Preserve


Both of these high quality habitats are listed as protected lands by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission to assist with the protection of high quality natural areas and habitats of endangered and threatened species.  Peoria Audubon Society is committed to long term conservation of these areas and is excited to share them with the public.


Peoria Audubon Society encourages visitors to record their bird sightings on these properties at eBird.org. Both nature preserves are listed as public birding hotspots. The nature preserves are open for hiking, viewing and enjoying the natural areas. No camping, no fires, no hunting or fishing, no collecting, and no restroom facilities are available.

Visitors are asked to follow “Leave no Trace” principles when visiting Peoria Audubon properties, or any natural area.


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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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