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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

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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