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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





2017 Calendar of Events

Keep watching, as events will be added throughout the year

May 2017
Sat. May 6   7:00 PM Illinois 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 10   7:00 PM Membership Meeting - Peru: Its Birds, Sites, and Ancient History

Vern Kleen, retired ornithologist and past President of the Inland Bird Banding Association, will be with us to Present: "Southeastern Peru: Its Birds, Sites and Ancient History." Vern promises to share his expertise and experiences as a birding tour leader with us. 

Sat. May 13 7:00 - 9:00 AM Birding Walk: Cooper Park

Pete Fenner will lead a birding walk through Cooper Park in East Peoria.  Meet at the North end of the park at the trail head.  Contact Pete (309-258-5969 for more information

August 2017
Sat. Aug. 12 9AM-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. You will have a chance to feel the heartbeat of a hummingbird. This free event is come-as-you-please, with banding beginning at 9 am.  Donations appreciated. 

Event is at Sommer Park, on the west edge of Peoria: 6329 N. Koerner Road, Edwards IL

Sat. Aug. 19 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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 Maury Brucker, Dennis Endicott and Mike Miller of the Peoria Audubon Society, includes transportation, a delicious lunch and snacks.  

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 $35 fee.  Trip will leave Peoria at 7:00 AM from Forest Park Nature Center.  We will return by 5:00 PM. 

September 2017
Wed. Sept. 13 7:00 PM @ FPNC


Membership Meeting - Backyard Bats, Illinois' Bats...

Barbara Williams will be on hand to talk about: Backyard Bats, Illinois' Bats and Why You Should Love Them.  And, immediately following this very special meeting, Barbara said there is a good possibility of going outside and demonstrating an ultrasonic bat detector so the group can see how it works "in real life."  She said, "This can make for a nice informal ending to a lecture." 

October 2017
Wed. Oct. 11 7:00 PM@ FPNC


Membership Meeting - John Mori: Experience the Beauty of Prairies

John Mori will provide a slide show that reveals the delicate beauty of prairies while showing the audience how we can "see" prairies in different ways.  According to John, "We want the audience to experience the prairie, not just look at it." 

Sun. Oct. 22 1:00 -5:00 PM


Field Trip: Dixon Waterfowl Refuge @ Hennepin-Hopper Lakes

Maury Brucker (309-696-5490) will lead a birding trip to 3000-acre Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at the Hennepin-Hopper Lakes north of Peoria along the Illinois River.  We plan on meeting at Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights at 1:00 PM to car pool to the refuge for an afternoon of birding.      

November 2017
Wed. Nov. 8   7:00 PM @ FPNC


Membership Meeting - Chicago Bird Collision Monitors

Annette Prince of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, an all-volunteer conservation project dedicated to the protection of migratory birds through rescue, advocacy and outreach, will be with us to show how we can rescue and protect migrating birds.   

December 2017
Wed. Dec. 13   7:00 PM @ FPNC


Membership Meeting - Jim Herkert; Illinois Audubon Society

Jim Herkert, Executive Director of Illinois Audubon Society will be with us to discuss birds, Illinois Audubon and a vision of new conservation opportunities. 

Sat. Dec. 16


Christmas Bird Count - Peoria

Contact Mike Miller (309) 681-2825 to participate 

Sat. Dec. 23 Christmas Bird Count - Chautauqua

Contact Sig Bjorklund (309) 968-6502 to participate

Sat. Dec. 30

Christmas Bird Count - Chillicothe

Contact Tracy Fox (309) 369-2017 to participate

January 2018
Wed. Jan. 10   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. Christmas Bird Count results will be presented. Note the earlier 6:30 starting time.  As always, guests are welcome! 

February 2017
Wed. Feb. 14   7:00 PM @ FPNC


Membership Meeting - International Crane Foundation

Michael Poehls of the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI will be with us to talk about the successes and challenges facing conserving cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways that cranes - in particular endangered Whooping Cranes - depend on. 

March 2018
Wed. Mar. 14   7:00 PM @ FPNC


Membership Meeting - Not Yet Finalized

Details are not yet finalized.  Please check later.



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