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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

 

 

 

 

2023 Calendar of Events

Keep watching, as events will be added throughout the year

January 2023

Wed. Jan. 11 7:00 p.m. Live,  in-person, at Forest Park and via Zoom

 

Brian "Fox" Ellis - Portrayal of Robert Ridgeway

Peoria Audubon joins the Peoria Park District to sponsor the professional storyteller and historian Brian "Fox" Ellis in a performance at Forest Park Nature Center.  "Fox" will be portraying Robert Ridgeway, an American ornithologist that helped create the scientific classification and study of birds. 

“Fox” Ellis becomes Robert Ridgway, telling the story of Ridgeway's transect of the western wilderness when he was still a teenager, his life-long work at the Smithsonian Institution, his birding trips into Central America and his journey across Alaska.

Plans are to stream the live performance.  Send email to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for a link to join the performance.     

February 2023

Wed. Feb. 8   7:00 p.m. via Zoom Rosemary Mosco - Science Writer, Naturalist & Cartoonist

Popular, best selling, science Writer, Naturalist, and Educational Cartoonist Rosemary Mosco will be meeting with us virtually to share her thoughts and all the stories that go with nature and her work. 

Rosemary's Bird and Moon nature comics won the National Cartoonists Society’s award for Best Online Short Form Comic and were the subject of an award-winning museum exhibit. She makes best-selling science books for kids and adults and gives keynotes at birding festivals. She’s written and drawn for The New York Times, Audubon, PBS kids’ Elinor Wonders Why, Ranger Rick, and more.  

Send email to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for a link to join the performance.     

Sat. Feb. 18  7:30 a.m. - early afternoon

Leave from Forest Park

 

 

 

Field Trip to Emiquon and Other Nearby Birding Hotspots

With a goal of observing waterfowl along the Illinois River, in particular Snow Geese and swans, we plan to car pool from Forest Park Nature Center to the Emiquon Preserve and other waterfowl rich habitats along the way. 

The field trip is free, but donations are appreciated.  There should be opportunities to ride with fellow birders as we take in the richness of our home area.  Between FRS radios and cell phones we will take steps to keep our caravan of birders together and informed. 

Please RSVP  with a phone number by email to treasurer@peoriaaudubon.org.  If there are any schedule changes we will contact you directly.  There is no fee, but donations are appreciated, and will go to the chapter. 

March 2023

Wed. Mar. 8 at Tawny Oaks 6:00 p.m.

 

Woodcock Watch at Tawny Oaks Field Station

Last year, just after dusk, a large group of birders showed up at for viewing woodcocks do their sky dance.  There was a huge flurry of woodcock activity at about 6:17 p.m.  Everyone got to see the woodcocks do their dance. 

Tawny Oaks Field Station will be open later than usual for this special event. Tawnly Oaks on Facebook.  

April 2023

   
 
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