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

Garden of The Gods Wilderness websized

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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Harbinger Of Spring, War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Harbinger of Spring_2015A rare tiny beauty, Harbinger of Spring, is now blooming in Southern Illinois.  I found this one at War Bluff this morning.  Yes, Spring is coming.

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Eastern Bluebirds arrive at War Bluff on Saturday.

2bluebirds-on-fenceI snapped these pictures today after seeing the first bluebird of spring yesterday.  I’m sure they’ll soon be checking out the new houses we fixed up for them this year.




Play for now but business is just a few days away.

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