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All events take place at Forest Park Nature Center at the foot of Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights unless otherwise noted.

The public is welcome to attend these free meetings!

Even turkeys come to Peoria Audubon meetings





2019 Calendar of Events

Keep watching, as events will be added throughout the year

January 2019
Sat. Jan. 5


Christmas Bird Count - Chillicothe

Contact Tracy Fox (309) 369-5331 to participate

Sat. Jan 5  10:00 am @ FPNC Presentation & Tours - Eagles on the Illinois River

Hundreds of bald eagles overwinter in the Illinois River Valley. Learn about these incredible birds of prey as Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river.

Age: All  Fee: Donations appreciated

Wed. Jan.  9  6:30 pm @ FPNC


Membership Meeting - Annual Potluck & Slide/Meida Show

Bring your CD of jpgs, videos, or slide carousel, table service and a covered dish to share.  Members share photo/video highlights from the year AND, all the stories! Christmas Bird Count results will be presented. Note the earlier 6:30 starting time.  As always, guests are welcome!

February 2019
Sat. Feb. 9  7:30 - 10:30 am

Shore Acres Park


Chillicothe Eagle Days - Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Join us at Shore Acres Park in Chillicothe to celebrate Bald Eagle Days with a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast.  Tickets are $7.00 per adult and $3.00 per child (10 & under).  Binoculars and spotting scope will be available for eagle viewing. 

Wed. Feb. 13   7:00 pm @ FPNC


Membership meeting - Impacts of Climate Change in Illinois

Tracy Fox will be with us to present information on the impact of climate change as it relates to bird populations.  The presented data are based on a recent assessment by Audubon

March 2019
Sat. Mar. 2    7:00 am - 5:00 pm Birding the Illinois River - Waterfowl Trip

Join us as we hit the birding hotspots along the Illinois River in search of waterfowl. Transportation in a Peoria Park District van, snacks, and lunch at a Havana restaurant are included.  The areas we visit depend on where scouting reports show the birds to be, but will probably include Spring Lake, Chautauqua, Emiquon and Rice Lake. Timing of this trip is optimized for the for spring migration of waterfowl. 

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; or Click for Online Registration.

Wed. Mar. 13   7:00 pm @ FPNC


Membership Meeting - Connecting the Dots on Eggshell Pigmentation

Kara Hodges from Illinois State University will be with us to talk about: Connecting the Dots on Eggshell Pigmentation.  She will also provide some Field Notes on the Kirtland's Warbler

April 2019
Wed. April 10 7:00 pm @ FPNC


Membership Meeting - Troy Peters of Great Lakes Audubon

Troy Peters, Engagement Manager from National Audubon Society, will be with us to tell us all about engaging and organizing communities around a variety of environmental, cultural, and political efforts.  

Sat. Apr. 27

8:00 a.m. - Noon @ Detwiller/ Rivreside

Spring Training for Bird Identification - Maury Brucker

Meet us at Peoria Park District's Detwiller/Riverside park (8412 N Galena Rd. Peoria) for a hands-on experience at identifying birds.  This event is timed to be at the peak of the spring songbird migration located in an area with multiple habitats.  Maury Brucker of the Peoria Audubon Society will be your host and instructor to showcase our local bird diversity in an area that was once a golf course next to the river. 

Come as you are to this free event, that will be fun and educational for all ages and experience levels.  All are invited! 

May 2019
Sat. May 4 Illinois 2018 Spring Bird Count

Statewide survey of birds.  This bird count is timed to be at the peak of spring migration.  The Peoria Audubon Society organizes teams to participate in the Statewide count.  Contact Mike Miller at (309) 681-2858, Peoria County compiler, for more information and to volunteer. 

Wed. May 8   7:00 p.m. @ FPNC


Membership Meeting - Restoring Soil Habitats

Dr. Elizabeth Bach, Ecosystem Restoration Scientist at Nachusa Grasslands will be with us to tell us all about: "Restoring soil habitats to rebuild biodiversity and prairie ecosystems."  Elizabeth will share how soil micro-habitats and microbial communities contribute to ecosystem restoration in the tallgrass prairie region, and how that fits into the larger picture of sustaining nature for future generations.

August 2019

Sat. Aug. 10

9 a.m. - Noon

Peoria Hummingbird Festival: Sommer Park

Vernon Kleen (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.

This free event is come-as-you-please, with banding beginning at 9 a.m.  Donations appreciated

Sat. Aug. 17

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Field Trip: Birding Tour of the Illinois River

This trip will take in some of the waterfowl migration hotspots along the Illinois River- spots renowned for both scenic quality and bird diversity. After meeting at the Nature Center, we 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. 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 Peoria Park District van, a delicious lunch, and snacks.

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 

September 2019

Wed. Sept. 11

7:00 pm @ FPNC

Membership Meeting - Constructed Wetlands and Habitat Enhancement

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 into a wetland and hiking trail.

October 2019

Wed. Oct. 9

7:00 pm @ FPNC

Peoria Audubon Chapter Highlights and Nature Preserves

Join us an evening where our local board will be showcasing our local conservation effort and the establishment of several new nature preserves.  This includes nature preserves that are now opened to the public as well as a new sanctuary that is under development.  Additional details are forthcoming. 

Sun. Oct. 13 9:30-11:30 a.m. @ FPNC Fall Songbird Hike at Forest Park Nature Center

Susie will lead a songbird hike through the woods at Forest Park Nature Center, starting at 9:30 a.m.  This is a free, come-as-you-are hike that is open to all ages.  This should be a fun way to find some of the fall migrants!  Extra binoculars and field guides will be on hand for people to borrow.  Meet inside the Nature Center at 9:30 a.m. 

November 2019

Wed. Nov. 13

7:00 pm @ FPNC

Membership Meeting - Allison and Bob Montgomery

Allison and Bob Montgomery will be presenting birding highlights.  Details are forthcoming. 

December 2019

Wed. Dec. 11

7:00 pm @ FPNC

Membership Meeting - Wintering Raptors of Illinois

Vic Berardi, founder of the all volunteer Illinois Beach State Park Hawkwatch and well known raptor photographer, will discuss wintering raptors of Illinois and surrounding areas. Emphasis will be raptor occurrences and descriptions as well as possible locations to find these birds in the winter months.Vic spends a great deal of time in winter searching for raptors and photographing them. His photographs have been used by several conservation organizations and in raptor field guides.



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