Decatur Audubon Society
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!
Our group is affiliated with the National Audubon Society, the Audubon Council of Illinois, and 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. We offer 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.
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, and threatened and endangered species.
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.
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Decatur Audubon Society
P.O. Box 591
Decatur, IL 62525
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