2018 SAS Board of Directors (l to r): Robin Reed, Nicholas Primm, Laurie Ward, Mike Holinga, Joe Gardner, Grace Norris, Mike Bowers and J. Paul Biggers. Not pictured: Vernon Kleen, Rick Lanham, Michelle Nicol and Christine Zeman.

The Springfield chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society began in 1932 as the Springfield Nature League. Under the leadership of Father George Link, the group was quite active in providing nature hikes, lectures, classes, and educational tours. It began sponsoring wildlife films in 1943. In 1960, the Nature League voted to affiliate with the National Audubon Society and changed its name to the Springfield Audubon Society. The group continued to sponsor field trips and nature films, participated in Christmas and spring bird counts, and began cooperative ventures with the Illinois Audubon Society including making a donation to the Save-the-Prairie-Chicken Fund. In 1979, after more than a year of discussion and preparation, the Springfield Audubon Society adopted new by-laws and voted to seek chapter status in the Illinois Audubon Society.

These days, the Springfield Chapter currently:

Presents programs on natural history and conservation – Programs are held at the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 Clear Lake Ave., on the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm, October through December and February through May.
Works with other conservation groups to protect local habitats.

Monitors the legislative and administrative actions of government. Sponsors letter writing campaigns to affect local issues.

Offers a wide range of activities for birders of all levels: Birding 101; field trips to exceptional birding areas; national bird counts.

Annual meeting in January features a program and potluck.

Assists the Illinois Audubon Society with projects and programs at the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary.


President:  Mike Holinga

Vice-President: Grace Norris

Secretary: Nicholas Primm

Treasurer: Robin Read

Board Members:

J. Paul Biggers

Mike Bowers

Anthony Dalka

Joe Gardner

Matt Hayes

Vern Kleen

Rick Lanham


In 1869, Justice of the Peace, L. B. Adams purchased a home and surrounding acreage in Springfield, Illinois, from Rev. Simeon W. Harkey, President of Illinois State University. Miss Margery Adams was born in 1897 to L. B. Adams’ son James and would continue to live on this property for the next 86 years until her death in 1983.

Upon her death, Miss Margery Adams donated her homestead and surrounding woodlands to the Illinois Audubon Society.

The Society’s goal at the Margery Adams Wildlife Sanctuary is its use as an urban nature center. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset and there is no charge for admittance.

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