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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

 

 

 

 

2020 Calendar of Events

Keep watching, as events will be added throughout the year

January 2020
Sat. Jan. 4 Christmas Bird Count - Chillicothe

Contact Tracy Fox (309) 369-5331 to participate

Wed. Jan. 8

6:30 pm @ FPNC

 
Membership Meeting - Annual Potluck & Slide/Media Show

Bring your flash drive, CD, or even slide carousel of photos or videos and bring your table service and a covered dish to share.  Members share photo/video highlights from the year AND, all the stories! Christmas Bird Count results will be presented. Note the earlier 6:30 starting time.  As always, guests are welcome!

February 2020

Wed. Feb. 12

7:00 pm @ FPNC

 
CANCELLED - Membership Meeting - Rescheduled for November 11

Meeting has been cancelled due to forecast of inclement weather for speaker who would have been driving up from St. Louis.  Mark Glenshaw has been observing, photographing, and describing the lives of a mated pair of Great Horned Owls in St. Louis' Forest Park for several years. As a dedicated amateur scientist.    

March 2020
Sat. Mar. 7  7:00 am - 5:00 pm Birding the Illinois River - Waterfowl Trip

Join us as we hit the birding hotspots along the Illinois River in search of waterfowl. Transportation in a Peoria Park District van, snacks, and lunch at a Havana restaurant are included.  The areas we visit depend on where scouting reports show the birds to be, but will probably include Spring Lake, Chautauqua, Emiquon and Rice Lake. Timing of this trip is optimized for the for spring migration of waterfowl. 

Pre-registration Required.  Fee; $50/person (Audubon and Nature Center members receive a $5 discount) Call Forest Park Nature Center at (309)686-3360 to register

Wed. Mar. 11

7:00 pm @ FPNC

 
Membership Meeting - Wildlife Corridors for Peoria

Dave Pittman, President of Friends of Rocky Glen, and Tracy Fox, Peoria Audubon member and volunteer for a number of nature-related and environmental causes, will be with us to extol the virtues and importance of having wildlife corridors in Central Illinois.  Additionally, they will discuss a larger vision and plans with the potential to link everything from Wildlife Prairie Park, to the Greater Peoria Sanitary District, to the geologic heritage area of Rocky Glen with wildlife corridors.   

April 2020

Wed. Apr. 8

7:00 pm @ FPNC

 
CANCELLED - Membership Meeting

April meeting has been cancelled and rescheduled to a later date to accommodate shelter-in-place and to reduce crowd size for public safety and to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  This is in accordance with COVID-19 Executive Order.

May 2020
Sat. May 9 Illinois 2020 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. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 count will be reduced in scope and in the areas covered. Additional COVID-19 Safety Instructions    

Wed. May 13

7:00 pm @ FPNC

  
CANCELLED - Membership Meeting

May meeting has been cancelled to reduce crowd size for public safety and to decrease the spread of COVID-19.  The meeting, about the use of eBird and iNaturalist, will be rescheduled at a later date.   

August 2020
Sat. August 15 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

 

CANCELLED - Field Trip: Birding Tour of the Illinois River

With the need to reduce crowd size and remain socially distant due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our annual Birding Tour of the Illinois River is cancelled.   

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...

September 2020

Wed. Sept. 9

7:00 pm @ FPNC

Membership Meeting - Bobcats in Illinois

Jennifer Kuroda, founder of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation, will cover every facet of the elusive cats, including history, biology, predator perception and management.  She will speak about the ongoing bobcat population studies in Illinois. 

October 2020

Wed. Oct. 14

7:00 pm @ FPNC

 
Membership Meeting - Recent Developments at Emiquon Preserve

Jason Beverlin, of The Nature Conservancy, will be with us to talk about new developments at the more than 6,000-acre, Emiquon Preserve - one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the Midwest. 

November 2020

Wed. Nov. 11

7:00 pm @ FPNC

Membership Meeting - Forest Park Owls of St. Louis

Mark Glenshaw has been observing, photographing, and describing the lives of a mated pair of Great Horned Owls in St. Louis' Forest Park for several years. As a dedicated amateur scientist, Mark has photographed and documented owl behavior and led numerous Owl Prowls in the St. Louis area.  Come out to share in all the stories and images of owl behavior.     

December 2020

Wed. Dec. 9

7:00 pm @ FPNC

 
Membership Meeting - Mike Coyne: Experience with Cleaning the River

Mike Coyne, an Education Facilitator with Living Lands and Waters will be with us to showcase waste reduction on the rivers.  Mike will share the history of the organization and the story of founder Chad Pregracke! He will cover information about what itís like to clean up garbage on the river, live on a barge for most of the year and show examples of bizarre items found and removed from the river.

Sat. Dec. 19 Date Tentative Christmas Bird Count - Peoria

The 120th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Contact Mike Miller (309) 681-2858 to participate

Sat. Dec. 26

Date Tentative
Christmas Bird Count - Chautauqua

The 120th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Contact Sig Bjorklund (618) 363-1083 to participate

 

 

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