Shawnee Chapter Illinois Audubon Society was formed in 1995. Membership in Shawnee Chapter includes membership in Illinois Audubon Society. There are currently 19 Illinois Audubon Society chapters — Shawnee Chapter serves the southernmost counties in Illinois.
We focus on issues of environmental significance to Southern Illinois, with special emphasis on those issues that pertain to the conservation and preservation of our native fauna and flora. We are also the stewards of War Bluff Valley Sanctuary — a 500 acre wildlife sanctuary located in Pope County, as well as Lusk Creek Sanctuary — a 56 acre sanctuary also in Pope County.
Shawnee Chapter meets 6 times a year for short business meetings and special presentations on topics relating to nature and the environment. We alternate our meetings between Carbondale and War Bluff Valley Sanctuary in Golconda. We also host several field trips throughout the year, participate in the annual Spring and Christmas Bird Counts, provide education programs for clubs/schools/garden centers, and participate in the Southernmost Illinois Nature Fest.
We publish and print electronic newsletters several times a year in which we inform our membership of chapter activities, important environmental issues, and special programs.
Our mailing address is:Shawnee Chapter Illinois Audubon Society PO Box 73 Carbondale, IL 62903
Officers and board members are elected at the Annual Meeting in May/June. Current officers and board members are:
- President: John Wallace
- Vice-President: Kevin Nagele
- Secretary: Henry Mulder
- Treasurer: Debbie Hogg
- Conservation: John Wallace
- Birding: Ann Douglas
- Programs & Education: Karen Frailey
- Sanctuary: Randall Thomas
- IAS Board Representative: John Wallace
- Newsletter: Karen Frailey