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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

January 2017

Wed. Jan. 11 6:30 PM 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 welome! 

 Jan. 28 & 28 Bald Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock

Illinois Audubon Society is hosting a Bald Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock State Park.  This event is also a volunteer opportunity for those who would like to help with the program.  To volunteer, contact Jo Fessett at (217) 544-2473

February 2017
Sat. Feb. 4 Eagle Daly Events - Havana, Chautauqua NWR, Dickson Mounds...

Multiple events at Havana Nature Center 10am-2pm; At Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge an auto tour across areas that are generally closed to the public will be open.  Call 309-535-2290 for information regarding the tour.  Dickson Mounds and Lewiston are also hosting special events

Wed. Feb. 8 7:00 PM Membership Meeting - Doug Blogett: Emiquon Water Management

Doug Blodgett, Director of River Conservation at the Emiquon Preserve, will be on hand to talk about the new water management structure that was recently installed at the facility.  This controversial structure provided a direct connection to the Illinois River.  Doug will discuss all the issues and successes that relate to the change in the water management. 

March 2017
Sat. Mar. 4  7:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Birding the Illinois River - Waterfowl Trip

Join us as we hit the hotspots along the Illinois River in search of waterfowl. Transportation, snacks, and lunch included. This field trip also includes special access to an area of Emiquon that is closed to the public. 

Pre-registration Required.  Fee; $40/person (Audubon and Nature Center members receive a $5 discount) Call Forest Park Nature Center at (309)686-3360 for more information.

Wed. Mar. 8 7:00 PM Membership Meeting - Pete Fenner: eBird

Peoria Audubon's own Pete Fenner will be on hand to discuss eBird and describe why it is as an essential birding tool. He will demonstrate the eBird web application, but will focus most of his time on the eBird mobile application (since his talk in 2016 focused mostly on eBird web).  Pete would like interested members bring their mobile phones to the meeting, download the free eBird app in advance (if they haven't already) and he will be prepared to answer questions members have about eBird.

April 2017
Wed. Apr. 12 7:00 PM Membership Meeting - Attracting & Keeping Purple Martins & Bluebirds

Jim Parrott, from the local Wild Birds Unlimited, will be on hand to tell all about attracting and keeping purple martins and bluebirds. Find out what makes a good house. What is a good habitat and what do I need to do to be successful?

And, he will be answering lots of questions. 

Sat. Apr. 15


Field Trip: MWRD Wetlands near Canton, IL

Join us on a spring birding trip to the 14,000-acre Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago, located SW of Canton, IL.  This large wetland which has numerous lakes and excellent bird habitat, is closed to the public. Bring your lunch. Advanced reservations are required.  MWRD requires that a Facility Visit Release waver be submitted before March 31.

We plan on car pooling to the site.  Contact Dennis Endicott 309-807-3874 for more information on the trip and instructions.

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


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


Membership Meeting - Not Yet Finalized

Details are not yet finalized.  Please check later.   

November 2017
Wed. Nov. 8   7:00 PM


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.   



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