The Illinois Audubon Society’s mission is to preserve, protect and promote native plants and animals in Illinois. Our sanctuaries provide much needed habitat and opportunities for everyone to experience nature.
But that takes work …

Springfield Audubon Society’s volunteer stewards carry out the mission of habitat protection and education and recognize that natural areas land management is a constant and never-ending job.

That is why we’re asking our members and partners of Springfield Audubon Society to join with us in raising funds that will support stewardship at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary where at this time a priority need is to purchase an all terrain vehicle (ATV).

With the removal of most of the invasive species, the stewards have begun the process of planting replacement trees and bushes throughout the Sanctuary’s 40 acres. These plants have to be watered regularly for the first growing season. Each plant requires two gallons of water per watering. Currently the stewards have to use wheelbarrows filled with tubs of water to accomplish this time-consuming task.

The ATV would make this job require less manpower, be less physically demanding and quicker to accomplish. In addition, the ATV will provide an efficient way to move the large amount of mulch needed to maintain the 2.1 miles of Sanctuary trails as well as volunteers and equipment to work the site. The ATV will also be used to accommodate visitors to Adams who have limited mobility. 

Please consider a contribution to this effort. Make a tax-deductible gift to the Illinois Audubon Society by check or online at illinoisaudubon.org using the Donate button. Indicate that your donation is for Adams Stewardship in the Additional Information box on the checkout page. Checks should be mailed to Illinois Audubon Society, PO Box 2547, Springfield, Illinois 62708. 

Stewardship Fundraiser Update – $1000 Challenge Grant Underway

We are excited to announce that the Illinois Native Plant Society-Central Chapter has put forward a challenge grant to help Illinois Audubon Society raise funds for sanctuary stewardship. The Chapter, an IAS Affiliate Member, will match new donations to the campaign, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000.

“Our members want to support projects that promote the conservation of Illinois native plants and natural communities,” explained Trish Quintenz, President of the Central Chapter. “We are pleased to offer this challenge and encourage everyone to consider making a donation. This campaign will benefit our friends and partners who give so many hours of their time volunteering at Adams and Bremer, as well as Illinois Audubon Sanctuaries across the state,” she added.

“Everyone has a chance to double their gift through this generous initiative,”
commented Jim Herkert, Executive Director.

Please consider making a contribution during this generous challenge. Give a tax-deductible gift to the Illinois Audubon Society by check or online at illinoisaudubon.org and use the Donate button. Indicate that your donation is for Adams/Bremer Stewardship in the “Additional Information” box on the checkout page. Checks should be mailed to Illinois Audubon Society, PO Box 2547, Springfield Illinois 62708.

 

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Our next presentation is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. Tony Rothering, Professor of Biology at Lincoln Land Community College and licensed bird bander, will conduct a guided bird walk at 6 pm, and will then give a presentation at 7 pm on discussions about the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders (LLABB), the LLCC Bird Banding Station and MAPS bird banding.
The MAPS Program is a continent-wide collaborative effort to assist in the conservation of birds and their habitats through demographic monitoring. Since 1989, more than 1,200 MAPS stations spread across nearly every state and Canadian province have collected more than 2 million bird capture records. MAPS data helps to answer important questions such as what factors drive avian population declines, where are problems most acute, on the breeding or non-breeding grounds, what drives differences in trends between particular regions or habitats, what is the relationship between population change and weather, climate, or habitat loss, and what can we do to reverse declines?
This will be a very, very interesting program and everyone is encouraged to attend. Professor Rothering will also provide details on how to enroll in his “Bird Identification” course scheduled for the spring semester at LLCC.
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Stewardship Fundraiser Update - $1000 Challenge Grant Underway

We are excited to announce that the Illinois Native Plant Society-Central Chapter has put forward a challenge grant to help Illinois Audubon Society raise funds for sanctuary stewardship. The Chapter, an IAS Affiliate Member, will match new donations to the campaign, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000.

"Our members want to support projects that promote the conservation of Illinois native plants and natural communities," explained Trish Quintenz, President of the Central Chapter. "We are pleased to offer this challenge and encourage everyone to consider making a donation. This campaign will benefit our friends and partners who give so many hours of their time volunteering at Adams and Bremer, as well as Illinois Audubon Sanctuaries across the state,” she added.

"Everyone has a chance to double their gift through this generous initiative,"
commented Jim Herkert, Executive Director.

Please consider making a contribution during this generous challenge. Give a tax-deductible gift to the Illinois Audubon Society by check or online at illinoisaudubon.org and use the Donate button. Indicate that your donation is for Adams/Bremer Stewardship in the "Additional Information" box on the checkout page. Checks should be mailed to Illinois Audubon Society, PO Box 2547, Springfield Illinois 62708.
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Stewardship Fundraiser Update - $1000 Challenge Grant Underway

We are excited to announce that the Illinois Native Plant Society-Central Chapter has put forward a challenge grant to help Illinois Audubon Society raise funds for sanctuary stewardship. The Chapter, an IAS Affiliate Member, will match new donations to the campaign, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000. 

 Our members want to support projects that promote the conservation of Illinois native plants and natural communities, explained Trish Quintenz, President of the Central Chapter. We are pleased to offer this challenge and encourage everyone to consider making a donation. This campaign will benefit our friends and partners who give so many hours of their time volunteering at Adams and Bremer, as well as Illinois Audubon Sanctuaries across the state,” she added.

 Everyone has a chance to double their gift through this generous initiative,
 commented Jim Herkert, Executive Director. 
 
 Please consider making a contribution during this generous challenge.  Give a tax-deductible gift to the Illinois Audubon Society by check or online at illinoisaudubon.org and use the Donate button. Indicate that your donation is for Adams/Bremer Stewardship in the Additional Information box on the checkout page.  Checks should be mailed to Illinois Audubon Society, PO Box 2547, Springfield Illinois 62708.

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Springfield Audubon Society

Springfield Audubon Society’s volunteer stewards carry out the mission of habitat protection and education and recognize that natural areas land management is a constant and never-ending job.

That is why we’re asking our members and partners of Springfield Audubon Society to join with us in raising funds that will support stewardship at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary where at this time a priority need is to purchase an all terrain vehicle (ATV).

With the removal of most of the invasive species, the stewards have begun the process of planting replacement trees and bushes throughout the Sanctuary’s 40 acres. These plants have to be watered regularly for the first growing season. Each plant requires two gallons of water per watering. Currently the stewards have to use wheelbarrows filled with tubs of water to accomplish this time-consuming task.

The ATV would make this job require less manpower, be less physically demanding and quicker to accomplish. In addition, the ATV will provide an efficient way to move the large amount of mulch needed to maintain the 2.1 miles of Sanctuary trails as well as volunteers and equipment to work the site. The ATV will also be used to accommodate visitors to Adams who have limited mobility.

Please consider a contribution to this effort. Make a tax-deductible gift to the Illinois Audubon Society by check or online at illinoisaudubon.org using the Donate button. Indicate that your donation is for Adams Stewardship in the Additional Information box on the checkout page. Checks should be mailed to Illinois Audubon Society, PO Box 2547, Springfield, Illinois 62708.
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Springfield Audubon Society’s volunteer stewards carry out the mission of habitat protection and education and recognize that natural areas land management is a constant and never-ending job.

That is why we’re asking our members and partners of Springfield Audubon Society to join with us in raising funds that will support stewardship at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary where at this time a priority need is to purchase an all terrain vehicle (ATV).

With the removal of most of the invasive species, the stewards have begun the process of planting replacement trees and bushes throughout the Sanctuary’s 40 acres. These plants have to be watered regularly for the first growing season. Each plant requires two gallons of water per watering. Currently the stewards have to use wheelbarrows filled with tubs of water to accomplish this time-consuming task.

The ATV would make this job require less manpower, be less physically demanding and quicker to accomplish. In addition, the ATV will provide an efficient way to move the large amount of mulch needed to maintain the 2.1 miles of Sanctuary trails as well as volunteers and equipment to work the site. The ATV will also be used to accommodate visitors to Adams who have limited mobility. 

Please consider a contribution to this effort. Make a tax-deductible gift to the Illinois Audubon Society by check or online at illinoisaudubon.org using the Donate button. Indicate that your donation is for Adams Stewardship in the Additional Information box on the checkout page. Checks should be mailed to Illinois Audubon Society, PO Box 2547, Springfield, Illinois 62708.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Saw this guy today on Hilton Head Island, SC.   Can anyone identify it?

 

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Black-crowned night heron, it appears to be.

Nice! That's a Yellow-crowned Night Heron. www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-crowned_Night-Heron/id

Awesome!

Agree on the yellow-crowned night-heron id

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Adams Wildlife Workdays
Thursdays ~ 9am to 11am

Hosted by Friends of the Sangamon Valley

Work gloves and boots recommended, all other equipment provided.
544.2473 ~ Adams Wildlife Sanctuary

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Tribute to Marilyn Campbell

1941-2017

Saturday, September 15, 2018

3 to 5 pm

Illinois Audubon Society

2315 E Clear Lake  Avenue

Springfield, IL 62703

Please RSVP to treacytt@gmail.com or 217.544.2473

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3rd Thursday Program ~ September 20th

Tony Rothering (Lincoln Land Community College Biology Professor and licensed bird bander) will lead a bird hike at 6pm. At 7pm, Tony will present on the history, importance and processes of bird banding including discussions about the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders (LLABB), the LLCC Bird Banding Station, and MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship – a continent-wide breeding bird initiative). Tony does offer an Introduction to Bird Identification course each spring semester at LLCC.

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Monitoring Owls and Nightjars in Illinois
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
7 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Join us for a presentation by INHS avian ecologist Tara Beveroth on Project MOON (Monitoring of Owls and Nightjars), a volunteer-based program that occurs throughout the state annually from April to June. Learn how the data collected can provide additional insights into the life histories of Illinois owls and nightjars.
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Save the Dates

~ Owl Prowl ~

Friday ~ October 26th ~ 6:30

 Raptor Focus Series  ~ 3rd Thursday Program  

February 21st & March 21st

Prairie State Conservation Coalition (PSCC) is a non-profit organization created to assist conservation land trusts, land owners, and communities in their efforts to protect land and water resources in Illinois. This Hike App was created with the support of PSCC, the Donnelley Foundation, and the Grand Victoria Foundation to further enhance public awareness and foster community interactions with Illinois natural areas and open lands. With this App, land trust organizations in Illinois now have an outlet to provide interactive tours of their project sites. These tours are guided by GPS and conveniently available on your mobile devices. The Hike App leads you through an interpretive hike in a natural area of your choosing. Limited hikes are currently available; more hikes are coming soon. This app features the history of Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as, detailed maps of the property.