Welcome to Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society

Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society, serving members across the southernmost region of Illinois. We are dedicated to the conservation and preservation of Illinois habitat and its diversity of native birds, animals and plants. We offer bird watching and nature-related field trips, workshops and presentations in southern Illinois.

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From War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail at War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

After the Presentation last night by Mike Jeffords and Susan Post I decided to try and capture the first butterfly I saw today. With a camera of course. Fortunately, right out the kitchen door, I found this Zebra Swallowtail which lingered long enough for me to save this image.

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From War Bluff Valley Sanctuary

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Rainbow at War Bluff

Speckled King Snake near maple

Speckled King Snake near maple

Box Turtle Near Pond

Box Turtle Near Pond

A visitor and I shared this rainbow with the emerging wildlife at War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary last Friday. I’ve been pretty busy as I’m sure most everyone is this time of year. So busy I might not have taken time to remember these images had I not captured them with my camera. Sometimes I wish I had recorded those bird songs I tried to chase down from the treetops but with persistence I’ll find a name for those songsters.

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Spring Continues

Bluebirds getting down to business.

Bluebirds getting down to business.

Prairie Trillium and Virginia Bluebells

Prairie Trillium and Virginia Bluebells

Summer Phlox beside Flicker Creek.

Summer Phlox beside Flicker Creek.

This first picture taken Friday from a bluebird box repaired last winter shows these bluebirds are getting down to business. At last check there were 4 Bluebird houses with eggs.

 

 

 

 

On Sunday I walked to Simmons Creek and found these Prairie Trillium and Virginia Bluebells growing together.

 

 

 

 

Then a little farther along I found Summer Phlox already in bloom along Flicker Creek.

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