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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

 

 

 

 

2018 Calendar of Events

Keep watching, as events will be added throughout the year

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 AND, all the stories! 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
Sat. Mar. 3    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; $40/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. 14   7:00 PM @ FPNC

 

Membership Meeting - Birding and Blogging Through Texas

Brian Doerfler, an avid birder and wildlife photographer, who is also a longtime blogger on wildlife encounters and social behaviors  will be with us to talk all about birding and blogging through the Texas gulf coast region.

Brian’s wildlife work can be perused in their gallery at EddieSoft.smugmug.com along with the related blog at WildlifeIntrigued.com 

April 2018
Wed. Apr. 11   7:00 PM @ FPNC

 

Membership Meeting - Pete Fenner: Costa Rica Extravaganza

Pete Fenner made it back from a birding trip to Costa Rica where he took "zillions" of pictures and stories to share.  Pete promises to share in the enthusiasm.

Sat. Apr. 14 7:30 AM -9:30 AM  @ FPNC Morning Bird Hike - FPNC

All ages are welcome to come as you are for an Early Morning Bird Hike at Forest Park.  Bring your binoculars, or borrow a pair from Peoria Park District Nature Center.  All levels of experience are welcome.  The hikes are leisurely and last 1.5 to 2 hours. 

Sat. Apr. 21  7:30 AM Nature & Birding Hike: Moffitt Park in Chillicothte

Join us for a birding and nature hike through Moffitt Park and Chillicothe Bottoms.  Maury Brucker will lead the hike starting at 7:30 AM from the parking area at Moffitt Park in Chillicothe.  Since the area is adjacent to the Illinois River and consists of floodplain forest and wetlands a wide range of bird and plant species are likely to be found. 

Click for Google Map and directions to Moffitt Park

Sat. Apr. 28  7:30-9:30 AM Morning Bird Hike - Tawny Oaks Field Station

Ages 10+ suggested for a morning bird hike at Tawny Oaks.  Note that April and May are prime months for migrating songbirds and we get ‘em in droves here at Tawny Oaks. We’re starting early but these little birds came from Central America to see us, and morning is when we hear their lively songs. It’s a great time to dust off the binos and brush up on the bird songs. No registration required, Donations requested

May 2018
Sat. May 5 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 9   7:00 PM @ FPNC

 

Membership Meeting: Ethical Birding and Conservation

We will be hosting a panel discussion with experts on Ethical Birding and Conservation. Rick Fox will serve as the moderator by posing controversial questions to a number of local birding experts who will have brief responds with their opinions.  With controversial issues, we may poll the audience to assure that all opinions are covered. 

We thought this forum would be a good way to get some answers and to provoke an intelligent, thoughtful, discussion. 

Sat. May 12   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM Morning Bird Hike - Tawny Oaks Field Station

Ages 10+ suggested for a morning bird hike at Tawny Oaks.  Note that April and May are prime months for migrating songbirds and we get ‘em in droves here at Tawny Oaks. We’re starting early but these little birds came from Central America to see us, and morning is when we hear their lively songs. It’s a great time to dust off the binos and brush up on the bird songs. No registration required, Donations requested

Sat. May 19  7:30 AM @ FPNC Morning Bird Hike - FPNC

All ages are welcome to come as you are for an Early Morning Bird Hike at Forest Park.  Bring your binoculars, or borrow a pair from Peoria Park District Nature Center.  All levels of experience are welcome.  The hikes are leisurely and last 1.5 to 2 hours. 

June 2018
Sun. Jun. 24 7:30 AM @ FPNC Nature and Birding Hike - Pimetoui Trail

Susie Ingram volunteered to lead a Nature and Birding Hike of the Pimetoui Trail to a hill prairie and back.  The trail is about 1.5 miles long and should take about 2 hours.  Meet at the Forest Park Nature Center at 7:30 AM 

August 2018
Sat. Aug 11  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.18 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 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. (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 $40 fee.  Trip will leave Peoria at 7:00 AM from Forest Park Nature Center.  We will return by 5:00 PM. 

September 2018
Sat. Sept. 1  9:00-10:30 AM Mid-morning Warbler Walk - Tawny Oaks

Ages 10+ suggested for a for a mid-morning walk at Tawny Oaks Field Station to look for warblers.  We’ll set a leisurely pace along some level paths in hope of finding wood warblers and additional songbirds during Illinois’ fall migration. Bring along some binoculars if you have them and maybe a few friends as more eyes are better when trying to spot these quiet, tiny birds. If you lack binoculars we will have some on hand to lend and of course, all levels of experience are welcome. No registration - come as you are.  Donations are appreciated. Google Map to Tawny Oaks

Sat. Sept. 8  9:00-10:30 AM Mid-morning Warbler Walk - Tawny Oaks

Ages 10+ suggested for a for a mid-morning walk at Tawny Oaks Field Station to look for warblers.  We’ll set a leisurely pace along some level paths in hope of finding wood warblers and additional songbirds during Illinois’ fall migration. Bring along some binoculars if you have them and maybe a few friends as more eyes are better when trying to spot these quiet, tiny birds. If you lack binoculars we will have some on hand to lend and of course, all levels of experience are welcome. No registration - come as you are.  Donations are appreciated. Google Map to Tawny Oaks

Wed. Sept 12     7:00 PM @ FPNC

 

Membership Meeting - Inside the Nestbox

Cindy Owsley of Western Prairie Audubon from Macomb, IL will be with us for a fun presentation on Inside the Nestbox!

Sat. Sept. 15  9:00-10:30 AM Mid-morning Warbler Walk - Tawny Oaks

Ages 10+ suggested for a for a mid-morning walk at Tawny Oaks Field Station to look for warblers.  We’ll set a leisurely pace along some level paths in hope of finding wood warblers and additional songbirds during Illinois’ fall migration. Bring along some binoculars if you have them and maybe a few friends as more eyes are better when trying to spot these quiet, tiny birds. If you lack binoculars we will have some on hand to lend and of course, all levels of experience are welcome. No registration - come as you are.  Donations are appreciated. Google Map to Tawny Oaks

Sat. Sept 22  8:00 AM Field Trip to Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes

We will meet at the boat ramp at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin and Hopper Lakes which is about 1/2 mile south of the 30-foot Observation Tower at the refuge.  Hiking trails and and waterfowl viewing areas are located at this location. 

Click for Google Map directions to Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes

Sat. Sept 29 7:30-8:30 AM Morning Bird Hike - Forest Park Nature Center

The early bird may get the worm, but the early rising birdwatcher gets to see the best assortment of our feathered friends. Bring your own binoculars, or we have pairs to lend out. All levels of experience are welcome. Donations appreciated

October 2018
Sat. Oct. 6 Special Fundraiser Event

Dawn to Dusk

The "Big Sit" - Tawny Oaks

Join us for a Big Sit! at Tawny Oaks.  This will be a dawn to dusk fun birding event - that is part of a worldwide bird monitoring project organized by Bird Watcher's Digest - whereby a birders stay within a single designated area and document all the bird species seen and/or heard.  It's that simple!  Anyone can participate for however long you desire.  Contact Mike Ingram for more information and to sign up for a time slot.  

This is a fundraiser for us, so the more birds we see, the more we earn. The more we earn, the more programs and services we can bring to you. You can participate by signing up to take a shift for a few hours as an observer.

Sat. Oct. 6 9:00-10:30 AM Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow - Tawny Oaks

Ages 10+ suggested, donations appreciated.  While often abundant, native sparrows are notorious for being some of the most difficult birds to spot and identify, so here’s your chance to learn them. Bring along your binoculars and field guides to the Tawny Oaks Field Station as we head out into the prairie with the goal of finding 10 species of native sparrows. If you lack binoculars we will have some on hand to lend and of course, all levels of experience are welcome. 

1:00-3:00 PM Hawk Watch - Tawny Oaks

Ages 10+ suggested, donations appreciated.  Early autumn is a traditional time for hawk migration in central Illinois and we’ll scan the skies for red-tailed, broad-winged and sharp-shinned hawks, falcons, eagles and other birds of prey. Situated on top of the Illinois River bluffs, Tawny Oaks Field Station is an ideal spot for soaring birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, or use some we have on hand.

Wed. Oct. 10    7:00 PM @ FPNC

 

Membership Meeting - Nurturing Wildlife in Your Garden

John Cebula, who describes himself as a Nature Therapist, will be presenting a program titled: I've Seen a Hundred Species in My Yard: Nurturing Wildlife in Your Garden.  John, who joins us from the Chicago area, provided the following handouts: Ideas for a Backyard Habitat and Nestbox Tips

Sat. Oct. 13 &

Sat. Oct 20

(Both Programs on Both Dates)

9:00-10:30 AM Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow - Tawny Oaks

Ages 10+ suggested, donations appreciated.  While often abundant, native sparrows are notorious for being some of the most difficult birds to spot and identify, so here’s your chance to learn them. Bring along your binoculars and field guides to the Tawny Oaks Field Station as we head out into the prairie with the goal of finding 10 species of native sparrows. If you lack binoculars we will have some on hand to lend and of course, all levels of experience are welcome. 

1:00-3:00 PM Hawk Watch - Tawny Oaks

Ages 10+ suggested, donations appreciated.  Early autumn is a traditional time for hawk migration in central Illinois and we’ll scan the skies for red-tailed, broad-winged and sharp-shinned hawks, falcons, eagles and other birds of prey. Situated on top of the Illinois River bluffs, Tawny Oaks Field Station is an ideal spot for soaring birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, or use some we have on hand.

November 2018
Sat. Nov. 10 10:00 am - Noon Identifying Illinois Birds - Forest Park Nature Center

Hands-on instruction on identifying Illinois birds that is geared toward beginning birders. Learn to identify native birds by sight and sound. An indoor presentation will be followed by a hike in the woods to put your newfound knowledge to use. Age: 16+  Fee: Donations appreciated

Wed. Nov. 14   7:00 PM @ FPNC

 

Membership Meeting - Not Yet Finalized

Details are not yet finalized.  Please check later.   

December 2018
Wed. Dec. 12   7:00 PM @ FPNC

 

Membership Meeting - Photographing Owls of Illinois

James McGhee will be with us to showcase his photography of the Owls of Illinois.  Not just the photos, but all the stories.

Sat. Dec. 15

 

Christmas Bird Count - Peoria

Contact Mike Miller (309) 681-2825 to participate 

Sat. Dec. 22 Christmas Bird Count - Chautauqua

Contact Sig Bjorklund (309) 968-6502 to participate

Sat. Dec. 29

Christmas Bird Count - Chillicothe

Contact Tracy Fox (309) 369-2017 to participate

 

 

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