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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 free and open to the public. 



Jamie Ellis:

Growing Your Own Backyard Prairie


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Virtual Presentation @ 7:00 p.m.


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


Join us, as James Ellis, botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, and author of A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers, presents a program on all that goes into creating your own prairie and conservation area with native plants. 



A Backyard Prairie by James Ellis and Fred Delcomyn

James is the Natural Areas Coordinator for the Committee on Natural Areas, where he manages, maintains, and protects as well as coordinate access to about 1000 acres of lands and waters at 12 sites that are part of the University of Illinois's natural areas.

These mostly forested properties, in parts of Champaign, Vermilion, and McLean counties, are available to the University community for teaching and research.

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. 


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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