Decatur Audubon Society
Activities and Partnerships
Decatur Audubon has worked with other groups on Bird counts, Bird Walks, the Greenway Project, Festival of Spring, Sangamon River Cleanup Days, a Raptor Focus educational series, and many other activities. We partner with the Macon County Conservation District, the Community Environmental Council, Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park, Sustain Our Natural Areas (SONA), the Illinois Raptor Center and other groups and organizations to enhance programming and reach more people.
'Festival of Spring Activities' photos by Delores Rice Logue
Festival of Spring
One of Decatur Audubon's most important events is the Festival of Spring held each April in cooperation with the Macon County Conservation District. This festival features activities for all ages, including a live-bird show, storytelling, make-it and take-it activities, displays, food, performances by school groups, and much more. The Festival of Spring is held at the Rock Springs Center southwest of Decatur.
Here's a sampling from the 2018 Festival of Spring. There is much to see and do for visitors of all ages!
Bird Counts and Hummingbird Festivals
In addition to the Festival of Spring, Decatur Audubon participates in other activities throughout the year including the Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb.), The Spring Bird Count (May), Audubon Christmas Bird Count (Dec.), Hummingbird Festivals and other events.
Would you like to help?
If you would like to help with the Christmas Bird Count call Norm Jensen at 217/429-3400. If you would like to help with the Spring Bird Count call Melody Arnold at 217/692-2084 or 217/972-0587. If you are a member of Decatur Audubon and you'll be counting for the Great Backyard Bird Count (February – Cornell Lab), please let Melody know because it helps us meet our annual certification requirements to have members who participate in this Citizen Science project. Remember, you don't have to be an expert birder to help with Bird Counts. You will be with (and helping) good birders, and that in itself is fun and a learning experience!
Audubon birders in the 1980s -- photos from the Herald & Review. Archived in Decatur Audubon scrapbooks
Bird Study Sessions
During our indoor season (September through April) we hold a bird study session or a presentation on birds/birding preceeding each regular monthly membership meeting except our December holiday party. We also have knowledgeable members who are willing to help others learn to identify the various species of birds. We'd love to have you join us!
Greenway Project and River Cleanup
Decatur Audubon cooperates with the City of Decatur, the Decatur Park District, the Macon County Conservation District, the Decatur Sanitary District, the Macon County Solid Waste Department, Macon-Piatt County Soil and Water Conservation District, neighborhood groups, local scout troops, and other organizations and agencies in a Sangamon River Greenway project. This long-term project includes clean-up of the Sangamon River, sponsorship of Sangamon River canoe trips to showcase the potential of the Sangamon River for recreational activities, and expansion of Sangamon River Greenways and trails.
These groups are working to create an awareness of the river corridor as a community resource for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, jogging, and canoeing. Each year a riverbank cleanup day is held, in which Decatur Audubon members participate.
For more information on any of our activities
Contact us at .. decatur'dot'audubon'at'gmail.com
Decatur Audubon Society
P.O. Box 591
Decatur, IL 62525