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and Events

Check out our full calendar of activities, events, and educational opportunities. You're sure to find something to interest you. Please join us!

Events include:

  • Monthly educational programs and issues discussions
  • Local bird walks
  • Field trips
  • Preserve work days

For more details, see the current newsletter.


Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015
NIAS Monthly Meeting and The Migratory Birds of Magee Marsh... >

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
A Night of Exploring the Milky Way... >

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
Prairie Seed collecting at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve... >

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
"Talking About the Issues"... >


Northwest Illinois Audubon Society is a chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc.


One One earth, rich and bountiful./One life to live and wonder./One chance to make a difference./One last chance to avoid a tipping point./One time, some years ago/One could see clearly the/One hopeful and certain path./One can only hope we follow it. – Written by Keith Blackmore Keith Blackmore, 1940 - 2015, Photo by Dan Barron Keith Blackmore, ecologist and founding member of our Chapter, passed away on Tuesday July 21 at his home in Forreston. For many of us, Keith is the person who opened the gate and pointed us down the path toward better preserving and protecting our natural world. Every conversation with Keith could deepen and strengthen your understanding. Whether sitting across from him at an Audubon potluck, working by his side at Elkhorn Creek, or listening to his stories and insights at one of the campfires, spending time with Keith could give you a deeper appreciation of our Earth and a stronger sense of our membership in its natural community. Please take a few moments to consider Keith’s insights. Then go do something that would have made him smile.

NEWS: Aug. 6, 2015
Birdseed Order Deadline Is Oct. 2!

Conserving Our World

The good stewardship of planet Earth.
This cause compels and motivates us at the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society (NIAS). Of course we love birds, but since our founding in 1971 we have embraced a bigger picture, emphasizing the interrelatedness of resource protection, habitat conservation, and connecting people with nature.

With a membership of more than 300 families, our chapter owns, manages, and works to protect two local biodiversity preserves — each with more than 40 acres and hundreds of identified species of plants, animals, and birds.

Conserve Butterfly on Purple Coneflowers Environmental Display

We publish a bimonthly newsletter announcing regular activities and events, such as educational programs, bird walks, and field trips — all open to the public.

We also sponsor annual special events such as:

  • Butterfly and bird festivals
  • Christmas Bird Count
  • Bird-A-Thon
  • Birdseed sales
  • Annual banquet

Help us conserve our world and enhance our own special piece of the planet, right here in northwestern Illinois. Join us.