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10 hours ago

Springfield Audubon Society

The Birding Blitz is an event held where teams compete to see and hear the most species of birds in a 24-hour period, while raising money for conservation in southernmost Illinois. Michael Bowers, a board member and friend of our chapter, will participate in this competition on April 28. His team is named ‘The Black-capped Curmudgeons’.
Prior to the Birding Blitz competition, teams gather pledges for each bird species recorded. After the designated 24-hour competition period is completed, each team submits a list of birds documented to the Birding Blitz Awards Committee to determine winning teams. Winning teams in each competition category are announced and awarded prizes during the Birding Blitz Awards Brunch. After the awards event, each team is responsible for collecting pledge donations. Pledge donations are used to help support wetland restoration efforts in the Cache River Watershed.
The cause is worthy! If anyone would like to donate, please let us know!
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The Birding Blitz is an event held where teams compete to see and hear the most species of birds in a 24-hour period, while raising money for conservation in southernmost Illinois.   Michael Bowers, a board member and friend of our chapter, will participate in this competition on April 28.  His team is named ‘The Black-capped Curmudgeons’.
 Prior to the Birding Blitz competition, teams gather pledges for each bird species recorded. After the designated 24-hour competition period is completed, each team submits a list of birds documented to the Birding Blitz Awards Committee to determine winning teams. Winning teams in each competition category are announced and awarded prizes during the Birding Blitz Awards Brunch. After the awards event, each team is responsible for collecting pledge donations. Pledge donations are used to help support wetland restoration efforts in the Cache River Watershed.
The cause is worthy!  If anyone would like to donate, please let us know!Image attachment

1 day ago

Springfield Audubon Society

There is a wonderful opportunity for some “close-up birding” for those interested in visiting the Lincoln Land Community College Bird Banding Station (LLCC BBS).
This program is operated by Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders. Vernon Kleen is the Bander/Coordinator, and he receives assistance from a variety of volunteers, including Mel Breyer, Joe Gardner, Wayne Huckabee, Nick Klobuchar, Jim Mordacq, Nancy Redman, Tony Rothering, Kelsey Thornton, Andrew Sharp, and many others.
The purposes established for the station are to use bird banding as a tool to: a) document, quantify and monitor bird populations that permanently live in or visit the site during the spring and fall migratory seasons, and b) provide educational opportunities for students, staff and others interested in learning more about birds and their environments.
The station operates every morning (excluding Sundays) during a few months in the spring. Visitors are welcome and can be assured of an interesting experience. It’s magical to see these creatures close-up.
Also, be sure to “like” their Face Book page for daily accounts of their bandings and photos of their operation.
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6 days ago

Springfield Audubon Society

Hooray for the next generation of birders! And especially to those who encourage them!Today was the last session of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois “Bird Detectives” session led by Donna Holinga and Mary Grundel. The participants really enjoyed learning Bout birds, and leaving with their own bird identification guide and binoculars. Thank you Donna and Mary for all you do to pass along your passing for birding! ... See MoreSee Less

Hooray for the next generation of birders!  And especially to those who encourage them!

Be sure to come by the Old State Capitol on Saturday to see and enjoy all the exhibits and events planned for Earth Awareness Day! ... See MoreSee Less

Be sure to come by the Old State Capitol on Saturday to see and enjoy all the exhibits and events planned for Earth Awareness Day!

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 22-28 Illinois Bird Appreciation Week
 
May 5th – Celebrate Adams Wildlife Sanctuary: A Day in Urban Nature
 
May 17th – 3rd Thursday Program: Illinois Raptor Center Presents
 
 
 

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.