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Meetings
Peoria Audubon meets at 7:00 on the second Wednesday of every month, September through May. There are no meetings in June, July, and August. Meetings are held at Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights, Illinois. (Directions are available.)


Peoria Audubon Newsletter: The Bird's Eye View


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Organizational Associations
Founded in 1930, Peoria Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society with memberships in the Audubon Council of Illinois and the Peoria Academy of Sciences. It is also an affiliate of the Illinois Audubon Society. All National Audubon Society members are automatically members of the Peoria Audubon Society.

We encourage you to become a Peoria Audubon member.

 

Favorite Links

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Local Birding Forum

Central Illinois Birding Forum --  Highly Recommended by Peoria Audubon. Local birding postings.  Sign up for free daily email reports.  Numerous reports from from local birders.  

Illinois Birder's Forum -- Statewide forum for bird postings. 

IBET (Illinois Birders Exchanging Thoughts) -- Statewide forum for rare bird alerts and other birding discussions 


Local Birding
Emiquon Audubon Society -- Havana, Illinois
Illinois State Parks --  Listing of Illinois State Parks
McLean County Bird Page  --  McLean County birding sites

John Wesley Powell Audubon -- Birding McLean County, Bloomington/Normal, Illinois

Quad Cities Audubon Society -- Birding around the Quad Cities
Forest Park Nature Center -- Peoria Park District: outings and activities -- Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights

Rock Island Trail -- 26 mile long state park heading NW from Peoria

Illinois Birding Map -- Interactive Google map that shows show birding hot spots and other info. 

Fatbirder-Illinois -- Illinois birding resources

Peoria Academy of Sciences -- Peoria Audubon is a member of this local organization whose mission is to foster the appreciation of science, to spread scientific knowledge, and to promote scientific research.

Birding Basics - Learning Pages for the Novice

Audubon Birding Basics - Advice for the beginning birder; Online guide on becoming a better birder

Beginners Guide to Birdwatching - Basic birdwatching guide by HomeAdvisor

Cornell All About Birds: Birding Basics - Several lessons on building birding skills including song identification

 

Birding and Conservation Organizations
National Audubon Society -- Peoria chapter was founded in 1930.
Illinois Audubon Society -- Peoria Audubon is an affiliate
Cornell Lab of Ornithology -- Up to date birding resource and birding information

Illinois Ornithology Society -- Website dedicated to Illinois birding
Birding.com -- American Ornithologists Union
The Nature Conservancy -- National organization dedicated to preservation

National Wildlife Federation -- Protecting wildlife

Project Feederwatch -- Annual survey of birds that visit feeders

American Birding Association: Birding Magazine - Online Birding Magazine

Audubon Magazine -- Online content of National Audubon Society magazine

Indiana Audubon Society -- Includes Online birding guide

International Crane Foundation -- Research & conservation of cranes including reestablishment of breeding populations

Bird Conservation Network -- Coalition of organizations in Northeast Illinois dedicated to bird conservation

 

Local Environmental and Conservation Groups

Friends of Rocky Glen -- Local group working to create a public park of a geologic wonder in Peoria County

Global Warming Solutions Group of Central Illinois -- Local focus on global warming information and solutions

Illinois Environmental Council -- Statewide focus on environmental issues

Heartland Water Resources Council of Central Illinois - "At the heart of saving the Peoria & Pekin Lakes"

 

Promoting Birds and Wildlife in the Home

Audubon at Home -- Information useful at home; Healthy yard; Bird feeding ...

Bird Gardens - Flowers and Plants to Attract Wildlife -- Commercial site with backyard conservation tips
Invasive Species in Illinois -- National Invasive Species Center

 

Optics and Equipment Reviews & Recommendations - Includes Retail Sites
Audubon Binocular Buying Guide - Guidelines on choosing and buying binoculars

Birdwatching.com -- Equipment reviews
Better View Desired -- Equipment reviews; Extensive info
Optics 4 Birding -- Equipment reviews & Commercial supplier

Birding Binoculars Guide -- Binoculars guide & reviews with links to commercial sites

The Binocular Site -- Independent guide for things related to binoculars; Links to retail site.

Eagle Optics Buying Guide -- Buying guide for optics; Retail purchase available

B&H Photo-Video -- Binoculars Buying Guide; Retail purchase available

Note: Peoria Audubon Society does not make commercial endorsements; the above links serve as examples of information provided by retail businesses.  

Electronic Field Guide Applications
Audubon Guides - Interactive Field Guide Apps for Smart phones, iPhone and iPod Touch - Free to try on Internet

iBird - Interactive electronic bird guide to all bird species of North America for the iPhone and iPod Touch

 

Field Guides and References
Audubon Adventures -- Environmental education materials for schools and teachers

All About Birds - Cornell Bird Guide -- Highly Recommended - All about birds; Definitive online guide

Audubon Online Guide to North American Birds -- Highly Recommended -- Excellent online guide

WildBird: Bird Identification Guide -- Excellent interactive attribute bird selector; 891 bird species database

Living Bird Magazine -- Free, Cornell magazine: Conservation updates, birding tips, web exclusives, multimedia

Bird Watchers Digest - Backyard Bird Identification -- Photo & audio guide to 80+ common birds

Birds of Illinois -- Several birding articles including identification photo galleries

eBird - Real-time, online, checklist program - Connects your birding lists to provide a rich source of data
eNature.com -- Birding field guides from National Wildlife Federation

Illinois Bird Species - Endangered -- Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
Illinois Raptors -- Pictorial Guide from Illinois Raptor Center, Decatur, IL

Sun Foundation -- Illinois Central College for Environmental Sciences and Arts

Hawks in Flight Gallery - Virtual Birder photo guide; View side-by-side raptors

Ducks at a Distance -- US Fish & Wildlife Service guide to duck identification

Backyard Bird Problems -- Birding FAQs and answers from the US Fish & Wildlife Service

Avibirds -- European & Suriname on-line birding guide; Recent birding news from around world

North American Butterflies - North American Butterfly Association
 

Bird Feeding - Includes Retail Sites

BirdFeeders.com - Commercial site with information to learn about bird feeding

Wild Birds Unlimited - Commercial site with a number of learning resources

Kelly Seed - Peoria business which partners with our chapter for an annual bird seed sale

Note: Peoria Audubon Society does not make commercial endorsements; the above links serve as examples of information provided by retail businesses.  


Other Favorites Submitted to Peoria Audubon

Hummingbird Migration Map -- Follow annual migration of Ruby-throated hummingbirds
Great Backyard Bird Count -- Learn about birds

Bird Watching for Couch Potatoes - Getting started + links to more advanced birding guides
Bird Cinema -- Video website for bird enthusiasts to watch and share bird videos worldwide

Giff Beaton Warbler Page -- Private warbler page (Over 200 photos on page)
Sialis.org -- Detailed website dedicated to the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Nabluebirdsociety.org -- North American Bluebird Society

Bluebird - Missouri's State Bird - Facts, trivia, and activities related to the bluebird
Nestbox instructions -- Compiled by Audubon Society of Omaha
Bluebird nut cafe -- Forum for bluebird enthusiasts to discuss all things bluebird

 

Local Conservation Oriented Blogs and Websites
Jasons Journal -- Jason Beverlin, Deputy Director of Illinois Rivers Program; Emiquon Project

Peoria Wilds -- Local grassroots group dedicated to restoration of biological diversity in Peoria area

Walkwithme -- Local photography blog by Jane Ward


Fun, Games, & Diversions
Universal Laws of Birding -- Birding laws of the universe
Cornell Nest Box Cams -- Several bird cams to watch
Puzzle Aerie -- Bird related puzzles from Ogden, Utah
Birding Humor -- Assortment of birding humor


About Local Birding Forum
Peoria Audubon was invited to join the John Wesley Powell Audubon chapter in Bloomington, IL to post and read about new and unusual bird sightings in Central Illinois on this interactive website.  

The forum provides information about which and where birds are being seen.  It's also a way to share a sense of community and camaraderie with other local birders.  

Visit the Central Illinois Birding Forum to find out how it works.  Birding enthusiasts can opt to get a single abridged (recommended) or single digest style e-mail update each date which summarizes all the postings.

If posting, Matthew Winks, webmaster for the site, asks that we include -- in the subject line -- the county where the birds were sighted.
 

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