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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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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2015 Shawnee Chapter Birding Trips

images2015 Shawnee Chapter Birding Trips

All trips meet at 8 a.m. and conclude around noon. Contact Ann Douglas at 618-564- 2079 for further information or at anderatd@yahoo.com


February 15 – Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the headquarters office on Rt. 148

March 15 – Mermet Lake. Meet at the Bluebird Trail parking lot

April 26 – Cave Valley. Meet in fire station parking lot next to old Pomona store and caravan to the old fire road.

May 9 (&10?) Spring Bird Count Pope County

June 7 – Oakwood Bottoms/Levee Road

July 25 – Hummingbird Fest Pope County

August 23 – Rend Lake. Meet at Illinois Artisan Center off Exit 77 of I-57

September 20 – Lusk Creek Trail to Indian Kitchen. Meet in parking lot across from trailhead on C.R. 5 off Eddyville Road 1.4 miles south of Eddyville.

October 18 – Michael Wolf Wetland Center. Meet in parking lot past the Ranger’s station north of Belnap.

December 19 – Christmas Bird Count in War Bluff Valley Circle

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“Hey, Leave Some Earth Alone!” A Presentation on Wilderness Preservation

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Garden of The Gods Wilderness, Illinois

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Gulf Island Wilderness, Mississippi

Jim Glover, Recreation Professor Emeritus, will speak Monday March 30 at 7 PM at the Carbondale Township Hall. The presentation, sponsored by the Shawnee Chapter Illinois Audubon Society will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Did you know there are eight Wilderness Areas in Illinois, all in Southern Illinois’ own backyard? Learn what Wilderness is, why it’s important and why some folks say it doesn’t matter.

Glover, author of the book A Wilderness Original: The Life of Bob Marshall, taught courses in wilderness leadership and ethics at SIU, and has published numerous articles on Wilderness.

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Cedar Roughs Wilderness, California

The Carbondale Township Hall (217 E. Main St., Carbondale) is located directly across Main St. from The Bank of Carbondale. Parking is available in the lot behind the Township Hall, which can be accessed via Monroe St. The entrance door is on the alley, near the parking lot. Watch for signs. The program is free and open to the public, everyone is welcome. For more information, call 618/457-6367 or check the Shawnee Chapter website at shawneeaudubon.org.

Shawnee Chapter is the local chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society. Founded in 1897, Illinois Audubon has been helping to preserve Illinois’ flora and fauna ever since. More information is available at illinoisaudubon.org.


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