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COVID-19 Notice

At the present time, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Peoria Audubon Society membership meetings, that would normally be held at Forest Park Nature Center, are being held virtually via Zoom. 

To participate, or simply watch, send an email request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for a link to the meeting.

All programs are free and open to the public. 



Birding While Black:

A Discussion to Promote Inclusivity


Challenges, Stories, and Situations of

Being a Birder of Color


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Virtual Presentation @ 7:00 p.m.


Send email Request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com to attend.


Join us for a special evening to discuss how we can be more inclusive with the activity of birding.  Recent events have shown that there are special challenges for Black birders and other birders of color.  It doesn't seem right that some people can't enjoy this hobby fully.


We will refresh our memories on the events that have led us to this topic, discuss the challenges faced by non-white birders, and show a few short videos of people who are on the front lines of this issue.  Finally, we will ask for ideas on how we and all birders and Audubon members can make positive progress.



Challenges, Stories, and Situations of Being an African-American Birder   

Our overall goal is increase awareness within the public while promoting inclusivity among all of us. 

Send email Request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for information and a link attend virtually on your laptop, desktop computer, tablet or smartphone.

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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