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COVID-19 Notice

At the present time, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Peoria Audubon Society membership meetings, that would normally be held at Forest Park Nature Center, are being held virtually via Zoom. 

To participate, or simply watch, send an email request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for a link to the meeting.

All programs are open to the public and free.

 

 

Tara Beveroth:  

Avian Research and Project MOON

(Monitoring Of Owls and Nightjars)

 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Virtual Presentation @ 7:00 p.m.

 

Send email Request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com to attend.

 

Join us for a virtual chat and presentation with Tara Beveroth of the Illinois Natural History Survey in Champaign as as she highlights her avian research and Project MOON (Monitoring Of Owls and Nightjars) in Illinois. 

 

Project MOON: Monitoring Of Owls and Nightjars

Project MOON was initiated in 2008 as a volunteer-based program through the state of Illinois.  Volunteers monitor routes located along suitable habitat for owls and nightjars from April to June.  The Routes are 9 miles long with 10 stops per route. 

 

The unique thing about MOON is that volunteers are encouraged to monitor for all species they hear during the listening period.  This additional data provides insight into the life histories of other species. 

 

Common Nighthawk - a Nightjar - Nesting in Peoria

 

Join us, as Tara also discusses other current monitoring programs, such as Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), Spring Bird Count (SBC), and Christmas Bird Count.  These statistically powerful monitoring programs for nocturnal species will allow us to detect small population changes over a shorter period of time. 

Send email Request to peoriaaudubon@gmail.com for information and a link attend virtually on your laptop, desktop computer, tablet or smartphone.

Peoria Audubon meetings always feature timely topics and everyone is welcome.  And, the meetings are always FREE! 

 

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

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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   

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.

 

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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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