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All events take place at Forest Park Nature Center at the foot of Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights unless otherwise noted.

The public is welcome to attend these free meetings!

Even turkeys come to Peoria Audubon meetings





2021 Calendar of Events

Keep watching, as events will be added throughout the year

COVID-19 Notice

At the present time, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, all previously scheduled Peoria Audubon Society membership meetings - that would normally be held at Forest Park Nature Center - are hereby cancelled or postponed until further notice out of concern for the health and safety of our members and the community.

Instead, we will be offering programs virtually via Zoom. A Zoom link will be provided to our email subscribers prior to the event. All programs are open to the public and free.

Note that this winter, we plan to transition back to hosting in-person membership meetings at Forest Park Nature Center.  We will announce the meetings on this webpage. 

As we recover from the coronavirus pandemic, a limited number of outdoor activities are being scheduled.  Please check with, and subscribe to our Facebook account for late breaking information and the scheduling of birding walks and informal birding events.  These will be limited in scope and in the outdoors where physical distancing and safety can effectively be practiced.  We encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors while remaining safe. 



September 2021
Wed. Sept. 8 7:00 p.m. Ken Robertson: Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois   

Ken Robertson, from the Illinois Natural History Survey, will be with us to provide information on tallgrass prairies in Illinois.  This includes a historical perspective as well as what is needed for their restoration and plans for future generations. 

Send email request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for more information and a link to attend/watch the free virtual Zoom meeting

October 2021
Wed. Oct. 13 7:00 p.m. Mike Ward: Bird Migration and Approaches to species Conservation

Dr. Mike Ward, Associate Professor in the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, will be with us to discuss bird migration and what we can do in Illinois to help migrating birds. Dr. Ward's research focuses on species of conservation concern, and he has developed novel approaches to species conservation. He uses telemetry to radio monitor the behavior and migration of birds. 

Send email request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for more information and a link to attend/watch the free virtual Zoom meeting

November 2021
Wed. Nov. 10 7:00 p.m. Julie Robinson: Local OPAL

Julie Robinson from Local OPAL (Outdoor Playing And Learning), will be with us to describe all the local outdoor recreational opportunities and how the Local OPAL system works to: "Find things to do, connect with others, and Learn about our local outdoors." 

December 2021
Wed. Dec. 8 7:00 p.m. Tara Beveroth - Avian Research and Project Moon

Ornithologist Tara Beveroth of the Illinois Natural History Survey in Champaign will join us via Zoom and discuss her portfolio of avian research projects, including the Annual Spring Bird Count and the monitoring of nightjars and owls as well (Project MOON).  The Spring Bird Count has been ongoing since 1972 and includes data from all 102 Illinois counties. 

Send email request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for more information and a link to attend/watch the free virtual Zoom meeting

Sat. Dec. 18 Christmas Bird Count: Peoria

Peoria Christmas Bird Count.  Contact Mike Miller at 309-681-2825 for more information and to participate.

Mon. Dec. 27  Christmas Bird Count: Chautauqua

Chautauqua Christmas Bird Count.  Contact Rick Fox at 309-369-5330 for more information and to participate.

January 2022

Sun. Jan. 2 Christmas Bird Counts: Chillicothe

Chillicothe Christmas Bird Count.  Contact Tracy Fox at 309-369-5331 for more information and to participate. 

Wed. Jan. 12  7:00 p.m. Peoria Audubon Meeting: Speaker Not Yet Finalized

Check back later as the meeting has not yet been finalized. 

February 2022

Wed. Feb. 9  7:00 p.m.


Jamie Ellis: Growing Your Own Backyard Prairie

Jamie Ellis, botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, and author of the recently published book on A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers, will be with us to talk about all that goes into creating your own prairie, conservation, native plants and natural areas management.  

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