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The Reclusive Native Cat of Illinois
At a virtual meeting of the Peoria Audubon Society, Jennifer
Kuroda - founder of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation - speaks
about all facets of bobcats in Illinois. Jennifer's talk
includes information about bobcat's history, biology, predator
perception, and management.
In addition, Jennifer speaks about ongoing bobcat population
studies in Illinois. Additionally, pending Illinois legislation
regarding hunting and trapping is discussed; along with
participant questions and answers.
Hghlights, and Recent Developments
Jason Beverlin, Deputy Director of The Nature Conservancy's
Illinois River Program, provided a brief history, an overview of
the highlights, and recent developments at the over 6000-acre
Emiquon Preserve - one of the largest floodplain restoration
developments in the Midwest. Located adjacent to the Illinois
River near Havana, IL, The Nature Conservancy of Illinois owns
and manages the site.
Hiding in Plain Sight: Forest Park Owls of St. Louis
Mark H.X. Glenshaw is an award-winning naturalist who has
closely observed and documented the lives of Great Horned Owls
in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri since December 2005.
Markís virtual talk, "Hiding in Plain Sight - Forest Park Owls
of St. Louis," covers how he found these owls, basic facts about
the species, and the different behaviors he has been able to see
and document with photos and videos to illustrate these
a Barge and Cleaning Up the River
Mike Coyne-Logan, Education Facilitator of
Living Lands &
Waters, spoke at a Peoria Audubon Society virtual meeting
about river cleanups with a focus on waste reduction. Mike
shared the history of the organization and a brief story of
founder Chad Pregracke! Mike describes what itís like to clean
up garbage on the river, live on a barge for most of the year,
and he showed examples of bizarre items they found on the river.
Grant Projects in Peoria
Mike Miller, Supervisor of Environmental of Interpretive
Services at Peoria Park District, will host a virtual Zoom
meeting on habitat grant projects in Peoria. The District has
received IDNR 2020 funding to complete several habitat projects
in the Peoria area. In particular Mike highlighted projects in
Detweiller Riverside, and Robinson Parks. Presentation
These projects are designed to improve habitat for the
Patch Bumble Bee, Federally Threatened Decurrent False
Aster, and the Monarch Butterfly.
eBird: Becoming a Citizen Scientist
Steve Zehner, a local
eBirder, hosted a Zoom virtual meeting with us on becoming
citizen scientists with eBird. Steve showed how to use use
eBird to plan a trip to local hotspots, record and share bird
observations, attach pictures and other media, create lists by
location, and set up alerts for birds of interest.
Click here to watch a recording of the virtual meeting and
download Steve's presentation slide-pack
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
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.
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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
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
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.
Here to download complementary copy
(pdf 7.2 MB)