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Press Release - Local Areas Open for Birding

One of Peoria Audubon Society's core missions is to conserve critical habitat.  On May 9, 2018, Peoria Audubon opened up two of it's conservation properties areas to the public for birding.

   - Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve  

   - Brimfield Railroad Prairie Nature Preserve


Construction of Chimney Swift Towers


Rich and Marion Miller, from the Kane County Audubon Society, spoke all about Chimney Swifts and the construction of several swift towers at a recent Peoria Audubon meeting.  The towers, which provide the Chimney Swifts with habitat for nesting and shelter, provide an alternative to the increasingly rare masonry chimneys that were used following loss of their original habitat of hollow trees.   


Corps of Engineers:

Construction of Artificial Islands in Lower Peoria Lake


At the November 9, 2011 Peoria Audubon meeting, Marshall B. Plumley,  of the US Army Corps of Engineers, discussed construction of artificial island in the Lower Peoria Lake.  At the meeting, Marshall shared additional documents on the project and provided copies to share with the public. 

Natural History of Illinois Bats

Dr. Joyce Hoffman, Mammalogist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, spoke at a recent Peoria Audubon meeting whereby she also provided a handout of fascinating information on the bat species in Illinois.  Click to Learn More


Dr. Jeff Hoover:

Warbler Research in Southern Illinois

Dr. Jeff Hoover of the Illinois Natural History Survey provided a field lecture on warbler biology and his research in the Cache River delta in Southern Illinois.  The field trip was one several arranged by members of the Shawnee Audubon Society at the Illinois Audubon Society's Spring Gathering. 

Although a bit unconventional as far speaking engagements, the impromptu encounter, while "birding by canoe," was as engaging as it was informative. 

"Waterfowl on Weather Radar:

Tracking Clouds of Ducks"

At the Feb. 11, 2009 Peoria Audubon meeting, Ben O'Neal, doctoral candidate from the University of Illinois, discussed using weather radar to track the migration pattern of ducks in Central Illinois.

Ben was even gracious to share an article "Waterfowl on Weather Radar" that was published in Outdoor Illinois

Click Here for more information


Feathers in Flight

An article about local birding and the Peoria Audubon Society published in Art and Society magazine July-August 2008.  The article contains  bird photography from local Peoria Audubon members: Dennis Endicott and Sally Fenner. 

Click Here to download complementary copy

(very large file: pdf 7.2 MB)


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