Who We Are
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 including both armchair- and outdoor-birders, as well as those interested in conservation.
The Decatur Audubon Society was founded as a bird and tree club in 1921. Regular nature walks, conservation volunteerism, committee, and social gatherings are scheduled throughout the year, with more activity in the spring and fall.
Our membership is made up of birders ranging in experience from expert to novice. As an inclusive organization we are proud to welcome all - regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status.
Monthly meetings include educational programming from area experts in conservation and wildlife and informal bird study sessions open to all who are interested.
Among our members, you will find birders, conservationists, environmentalists, and many who love the natural world.
The mission of the Decatur Audubon Society, reflecting that of 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 envision 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.