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Peoria Audubon Newsletter:

 The Bird's Eye View

Latest Copy

Fall-Winter 2018



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Birding Tour of the Illinois River




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Peoria Hummingbird Festival


Sat. Aug. 10, 2019

9:00 a.m.  - Noon

Sommer Park (A few miles west of Peoria)

6329 N. Koerner Road

Edwards, IL 61528

Come on out and bring the family to this special event jointly hosted by the Peoria Park District and Peoria Audubon Society.  Vern Kleen, retired ornithologist and one of the few licensed hummingbird banders in the U.S., will be on hand to demonstrate hummingbird banding and discuss the fascinating world of hummingbirds.  

Come and see how hummingbirds are harmlessly trapped and banded.  The enthusiasm of the kids watching hummingbirds make this a fun, educational event.  The close encounters with hummingbirds really thrill the kids. 


Children Watch Intently as Vern Kleen Demonstrates Hummingbird Banding





Awesome Release of Hummingbird After Banding




Field Trip Opportunity:

Birding Tour of the Illinois River

Sat. Aug. 17, 2019

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Join us as we take in some of the migration waterfowl hotspots along the Illinois River - spots renowned for both scenic quality and bird diversity.  We have teamed up with the Peoria Park District and will be traveling south along the Illinois River while riding in a Peoria Park District van. 


All along the way, we will be stopping at the numerous backwater lakes of the Illinois River to view waterfowl and migrating shorebirds.  We'll scout the day before to pick out the best spots ahead of the trip to maximize the enjoyment of the trip. 


Snowy Egrets and Black-necked Stilts at Emiquon


We'll start in the morning at Forest Park Nature Center, then travel south along the east shore of the river stopping at Spring Lake and Chautauqua, then proceed to one of the largest wetland restoration projects in the world, the Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve.


Depending on time, and where the birds are, we plan to head toward Rice Lake and Banner Marsh. This trip, led by Dennis Endicott and Mike Miller of the Peoria Audubon Society, includes transportation in Peoria Park District van, a delicious lunch, and snacks along the way. 


Pre-registration Required.  Fee; $50/person (Audubon and Nature Center members receive a $5 discount) Call Forest Park Nature Center at (309)686-3360 to register and for more information. 


Peoria Audubon Meetings


Charles Hostetler:


The Role of Constructed Wetlands in

Environmental Restoration and Habitat Enhancement


Wed., Sept. 11, 2019

7:00 p.m. 

Forest Park Nature Center



Join us to help start a new season of monthly meetings on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Forest Park Nature Center.  Charles Hostetler, Senior Program Manager at Peoria Disposal Company, will be with us describe: "The Role of Constructed Wetlands in Environmental Restoration and Habitat Enhancement." 


Charles recently worked on a design that will transform Vicary Bottoms Dog Park, in the Kickapoo floodplain, into a wetland and hiking trail.


Charles Hostetler Checking  Monitoring Device (Photo by Clare Howard of The Community Word)


Peoria Audubon Society hosts public meetings the second Wednesday of each month, from September to the following May, at Forest Park Nature Center.  The meetings always feature timely topics and everyone is welcome.  And, the meetings are FREE!


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   

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.


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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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