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Peoria Audubon Newsletter:

 The Bird's Eye View

Latest Copy

Winter-Spring 2018



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Birding Tour of the Illinois River




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Peoria Audubon Meetings


Vera Leopold:

Bio-Blitzing at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge


Wed., Nov. 14, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Forest Park Nature Center


Vera Leopold from The Wetlands Initiative will be sharing the results from the BioBlitz at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge.  "Teams of citizen scientists joined experts in surveying the 3000-acre site for as many species as possible among dozens of different organism groups - from fungi to birds, mammals to ants, and reptiles to plants."



BioBlitz 2018 at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge


Vera will explain how citizen scientists teamed up with experts to identify the species and measure biodiversity at the refuge - and have an enjoyable, gratifying time while doing so.  The event even included an "owl prowl" and a "bat hike."  


American White Pelicans: Group Fishing at Dixon Waterfowl Refuge


Above photo of is of American White Pelicans fishing while swimming as a group.  By working together as a group, the pelicans developed a strategy that maximizes the efficiency at their catching fish.  The photo was taken from the Observation Tower at the refuge during an October 2018 Peoria Audubon field trip. 



Keep watching our Calendar of Events for the latest updated information on meetings, field trips and special events. 


Public is Always Welcome

Meetings are free and open to the public


Monthly meetings of Peoria Audubon Society are held at 

Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights.

Peoria Audubon Society

Annual Seed Sale Fundraiser

  • Place Orders: September 12-30, 2018

  • Pick up at Trailhead Store at FPNC: Sunday, October 14

  • Call (309) 686-3360 to place order

  • All orders require pre-payment

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Peoria Audubon Society

May 9, 2018      

Press Release:

Local Natural Areas Open to Public for Birding

The Peoria Audubon Society is inviting members and visitors on to its conservation properties. The Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve and the Brimfield Railroad Prairie Nature Preserve are now birding hotspots open for public birding.


The Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve is a 22-acre high quality oak woodlands, savanna and hill prairie in Marshall County. It is located about 4 miles southwest of Henry, Illinois; 2 miles west of Route 29 on County Road 1150N. Dozens of warbler species may be found in the preserve during spring and fall migration. Resident birds such as Eastern Bluebird, Indigo Bunting and Baltimore Orioles can be found nesting on the site. Bird Surveys have shown over 150 species of birds utilize this natural area.


Oak Bluff Savanna Nature Preserve


The Brimfield Railroad Prairie Nature Preserve is a 6-acre restored native prairie in Peoria County. It is a ˝ mile long strip near Brimfield that was once railroad right of way, located at 18320 W Forney Road, Brimfield. The Jubilee Prairie Dawgs, a volunteer group dedicated to native prairie restoration, have partnered with Peoria Audubon Society to help maintain this prairie. It contains over 100 native prairie plant species, which are a critical part of the food web for many species of birds, butterflies and bees.


Black Swallowtail on Thistle at Brimfield RR Prairie Nature Preserve


Both of these high quality habitats are listed as protected lands by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission to assist with the protection of high quality natural areas and habitats of endangered and threatened species.  Peoria Audubon Society is committed to long term conservation of these areas and is excited to share them with the public.


Peoria Audubon Society encourages visitors to record their bird sightings on these properties at eBird.org. Both nature preserves are listed as public birding hotspots. The nature preserves are open for hiking, viewing and enjoying the natural areas. No camping, no fires, no hunting or fishing, no collecting, and no restroom facilities are available.


Visitors are asked to follow “Leave no Trace” principles when visiting Peoria Audubon properties, or any natural area.


Download Press Release (pdf)


Keep watching the Calendar of Events  for details on Peoria Audubon and other local activities.  The public are always welcome!  We would like to see you there!

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