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Peoria Audubon Newsletter:

 The Bird's Eye View

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Winter-Spring 2018



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Birding Tour of the Illinois River




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Field Trip:

Birding Tour of the Illinois River


Sat. Aug. 18 - 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Leave & Return from Forest Park Nature Center

Transportation & Lunch Provided


Catch the peak of shorebird migration with our annual field trip to the waterfowl migration hotspots along the Illinois River south of Peoria.  These spots are renowned for both scenic quality and bird diversity.


After our start at the Nature Center, we travel south along the east shore of the river stopping at Spring Lake and the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, then proceed to one of the largest wetland restoration projects in the world, the Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve. We will head on to Rice Lake and Banner Marsh.


This trip, led by Dennis Endicott and Mike Miller of the Peoria Audubon Society, includes transportation in a Peoria Park District van, a delicious lunch in Havana and snacks along the way.  Bring your binoculars and enthusiasm.  If needed, binoculars will be provided and spotting scopes will be available for all to use.      


Black-necked Stilts near Havana


Watching the Birds at Emiquon


Pre-registration required. (309-686-3360) Register early at the Forest Park Nature Center as this trip fills up fast. Best for 12 and up. Forest Park Nature Center and/or Peoria Audubon Members receive a $5 discount form the $40 fee.  Trip will leave Peoria at 7:00 AM from Forest Park Nature Center.  We will return by 5:00 PM. 


Peoria Audubon Meetings


Cindy Owsley:

Inside the Nestbox


Wed., Sep. 12, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Forest Park Nature Center


Start off a new season of monthly Peoria Audubon meetings with Cindy Owsley of Western Prairie Audubon from Macomb, IL for a fun presentation of: Inside the Nestbox! 


Eastern Bluebird Chicks at Wildlife Prairie Park  - Almost Ready to Fledge


With pictures and all the stories that goes with them, Cindy will provide an engaging insight into the life cycle of bird development. 



Keep watching our Calendar of Events for the latest updated information on meetings, field trips and special events. 



Public is Always Welcome

Meetings are free and open to the public


Monthly meetings of Peoria Audubon Society are held at 

Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights.


Peoria Audubon Society

May 9, 2018      

Press Release:

Local Natural Areas Open to Public for Birding

The Peoria Audubon Society is inviting members and visitors on to its conservation properties. The Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve and the Brimfield Railroad Prairie Nature Preserve are now birding hotspots open for public birding.


The Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve is a 22-acre high quality oak woodlands, savanna and hill prairie in Marshall County. It is located about 4 miles southwest of Henry, Illinois; 2 miles west of Route 29 on County Road 1150N. Dozens of warbler species may be found in the preserve during spring and fall migration. Resident birds such as Eastern Bluebird, Indigo Bunting and Baltimore Orioles can be found nesting on the site. Bird Surveys have shown over 150 species of birds utilize this natural area.


Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve


The Brimfield Railroad Prairie Nature Preserve is a 6-acre restored native prairie in Peoria County. It is a ½ mile long strip near Brimfield that was once railroad right of way, located at 18320 W Forney Road, Brimfield. The Jubilee Prairie Dawgs, a volunteer group dedicated to native prairie restoration, have partnered with Peoria Audubon Society to help maintain this prairie. It contains over 100 native prairie plant species, which are a critical part of the food web for many species of birds, butterflies and bees.


Black Swallowtail on Thistle at Brimfield RR Prairie Nature Preserve


Both of these high quality habitats are listed as protected lands by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission to assist with the protection of high quality natural areas and habitats of endangered and threatened species.  Peoria Audubon Society is committed to long term conservation of these areas and is excited to share them with the public.


Peoria Audubon Society encourages visitors to record their bird sightings on these properties at eBird.org. Both nature preserves are listed as public birding hotspots. The nature preserves are open for hiking, viewing and enjoying the natural areas. No camping, no fires, no hunting or fishing, no collecting, and no restroom facilities are available.


Visitors are asked to follow “Leave no Trace” principles when visiting Peoria Audubon properties, or any natural area.


Download Press Release (pdf)



Keep watching the Calendar of Events  for details on Peoria Audubon and other local activities.  The public are always welcome!  We would like to see you there!

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