2023 Calendar of Events
Keep watching, as events will be added
throughout the year
Wed. Jan. 11 7:00 p.m. Live, in-person, at
Forest Park and via Zoom
Brian "Fox" Ellis - Portrayal of Robert Ridgeway
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
Plans are to stream the live performance. Send email to
for a link to join the performance.
Wed. Feb. 8 7:00 p.m. via
Rosemary Mosco - Science Writer, Naturalist & Cartoonist
Popular, best selling, science Writer, Naturalist, and
Rosemary Mosco will be meeting with us virtually to share
her thoughts and all the stories that go with nature and her
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
email@example.com. 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.
Wed. Mar. 8 at
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