Calendar

News
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.

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Sunday, Sep. 28, 2014
Prairie Seed Collecting at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve... >

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Order Deadline for NIAS Birdseed Sale... >

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
NIAS Monthly Meeting... >

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, to Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Kickapoo River Paddling Field Trip... >

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

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News Releases

September 8, 2014 — Birdseed Order Deadline Approaches

The deadline for ordering NIAS birdseed is October 3. A wide variety of high-quality seed is available at bargain prices – and part of your costs are tax deductible.

March 14, 2014 — Local Foods Brochure

A useful guide to locally grown foods in northwest Illinois is attached for your use. If you'd like to distribute additional copies, they may be picked up from the University of Illinois Extension office at Highland Community College.

May 17, 2013 — Local Foods Brochure

A useful guide to locally grown foods in northwest Illinois is attached for your use. If you'd like to distribute additional copies, they may be picked up from the University of Illinois Extension office at Highland Community College.

February 13, 2013 — Northwest Illinois Audubon 32nd Annual Banquet and Program on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The movie The Big Year hit the box office in 2011. Sanford Komito, played by Owen Wilson in The Big Year, actually had his big year in 1998 when he spotted 748 birds from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31. This is the highest number of bird species spotted by any birder in one year. Our banquet program will feature Sanford Komito, who will talk about the history of the American Birding Association’s Big Year and share pictures of the highlights of his Big Year. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Sanford questions about his birding experiences.

November 1, 2012 — Northwest Illinois Audubon Society Accepts Gift of Land

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society is pleased to announce the acceptance of a generous gift of land from Mrs. Joanne Styles. The nearly 50 acres of land located at the headwaters of Silver Creek two miles south of the town of Leaf River will be maintained as a bird sanctuary and will be used to educate people of all ages about nature.

September 14, 2012 — Birdseed Order Deadline Approaches

The deadline for ordering NIAS birdseed is October 5. A wide variety of high-quality seed is available at bargain prices – and part of your costs are tax deductible.

September 12, 2011 — Birdseed Order Deadline Approaches

The deadline for ordering NIAS birdseed is September 30th. A wide variety of high-quality seed is available at bargain prices – and part of your costs are tax deductible.

Saturday, July 30, 2011 — Elkhorn Creek Butterfly Festival

1-5 p.m., Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

July 10, 2011 — Local Foods Brochure

A useful guide to locally grown foods in northwest Illinois is attached for your use. If you'd like to distribute additional copies, they may be picked up from the University of Illinois Extension office at Highland Community College.

September 15, 2010 CHEEP! Birdseed Order Deadline Approaches

The deadline for ordering NIAS birdseed is October 2. A wide variety of high-quality seed is available at bargain prices – and part of your costs are tax deductible.
Audubon coffee can also be ordered at this time.

May 20, 2010 — Local Foods Brochure

A useful guide to locally grown foods in northwest Illinois is attached for your use. If you'd like to distribute additional copies, they may be picked up from the University of Illinois Extension office at Highland Community College.

October 12, 2009 — ‘350!’ – Get in the Picture to Save the Planet

On Saturday October 24, concerned citizens from Northwest Illinois are invited to gather at Highland Community College in Freeport to be part of a world-wide effort to save the planet. The theme of the gathering, locally co-sponsored by the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society and the Highland Environmental Awareness Club, is ‘350!’

August 20, 2009 — Whooo’ Are These Owls?

Mark Spreyer, a Midwestern expert on owls, will present the program at the September meeting of the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society on Tuesday evening September 1 at Oakdale. This opportunity for a face-to-face visit with our hooting friends will be certain to amaze you and entertain your family.

August 17, 2009 — A Butterfly Festival!

On Saturday afternoon, August 29, the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will sponsor a ‘Butterfly Festival’ at its Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve south and east of Freeport. The public is welcome – especially families who are looking for a fun and educational event in the out-of-doors.

April 20, 2009 — Local Count of Sandhill Cranes Hits Record High

A record high number of Sandhill Cranes was recorded in Stephenson County on Saturday, April 18 when 28 members of the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society participated in the 34th Annual Midwest Crane Count. Included in the count of 31 cranes were 7 nesting pairs.

March 31, 2009 — Audubon Banquet Open to All — Even Hummingbirds

The 28th annual banquet of the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will be held Wednesday, April 15 at 6pm at Embury United Methodist Church in Freeport.

“Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them” will be the topic of the program which begins at 7pm. Both the banquet and the program are open to the public.

March 9, 2009 — Use a 'Kill-a-Watt Meter' to Save Energy and Save Money

Local citizens will be able to save money on their electric bills thanks to recent gifts to the Freeport Public and Highland Community College libraries. The devices, called 'Kill-a-Watt meters,' were distributed to the libraries by students in the Aquin and Freeport High School Student Servant Leadership programs ...

February 21, 2009 — Ten Years of Biodiversity Conservation

The tenth anniversary of the local Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve will be celebrated at the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society’s public meeting in Freeport on Tuesday, March 3. Located just ten miles south of Freeport...