Decatur (Illinois) Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. We are located in Macon County, in the heart of Illinois farmland. Decatur is known as the "soybean capital of the world," but in spite of being surrounded by cornfields and soybean fields, this region does have natural areas in which to "bird." The Sangamon River flows through the center of Macon County, creating havens for birds and other wildlife along its tree-lined corridor. Within Macon County and adjoining counties there are many parks, several conservation areas and even a few nature preserves. Trails and greenways are being expanded and will connect many of these natural areas. Hiking/biking trails will make birding and nature hikes accessible to even more people!
Stevens Creek in Fairview Park by Delores R. Logue
In addition to being a chapter of the National Audubon Society, Decatur Audubon is a member of the Audubon Council of Illinois, and an affiliate of the Illinois Audubon Society. Our members include hikers and other nature enthusiasts as well as armchair- and outdoor birders and those interested in tree-study (our group started as a bird and tree club in 1921). We schedule a number of nature walks each year, with most of the hikes taking place in the spring and fall.
We have members who are expert birders and many who are beginners or intermediates. At our fall-winter-spring monthly meetings we offer presentations by birders and/or informal bird study sessions for those who wish to increase their knowledge. Among our members we find birders, conservationists, environmentalists and many who love the natural world– the Earth and all its creatures.
'Birding Trip to Magee Marsh' by Betty Smith
Our regular membership meetings include a very short business meeting, a program, and refreshments. Recent programs have included presentations on: travel, nature and wildlife photography, Bluebirds, tropical rainforests, bats, Prothonotary Warbler research, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden and patio, conservation of Illinois birds, Illinois fish studies, fascinating Florida Scrub-jays, the Miracle of Migration, Birds and Mammals of South Africa, the relocation program of Prairie Chickens to Illinois, and information on threatened and endangered species. And that's just a small sample!
The Decatur Audubon Society offers educational opportunities and financial assistance to students and teachers in the Decatur and Macon County area. We publish a monthly newsletter which often carries locally-written articles. Decatur Audubon is involved in many activities in cooperation with other organizations and agencies.
The mission of the Decatur Audubon Society (and the National Audubon Society) is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth's biological diversity.
We envison a world where humankind accepts the obligations of being part of nature, especially the obligation of stewardship. We seek to shape a culture in which the violation of nature is socially, politically, and morally unacceptable. In short, we seek a culture of conservation and an environmental ethic.
Habitat help needed– all around the world
Contact us at .. decatur'dot'audubon'at'gmail.com
Decatur Audubon Society
P.O. Box 591
Decatur, IL 62525
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