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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, Dec. 5, 2023
Program: Hidden Prairie: Photographing Life in One Square Meter... >

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023
Christmas Bird Count... >

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023
Beginning Birder Club- Bird Movement - REGISTRATION CLOSED - Contact for waitlist... >

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024
Program: Birds and Beauty in Arizona... >


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


NEWS: 2023 Local Foods Brochure
Now available online, or pick up at the U of I Extension

NEWS: Birdseed orders taken through September 29, 2023.

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.

The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society values equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. Audubon is for everyone. We celebrate the biodiversity in our natural world and we celebrate the diverse members of the human species. We are dedicated to provide a welcoming and judgement-free atmosphere where members of all experience levels, identity groups, and cultural backgrounds are actively encouraged to participate. Conservation efforts are strengthened by diverse experiences, ideas, and knowledge, which will benefit nature and the humans who seek to protect it.

Conserve Mondarch Butterfly on Milkweed Wildlife Wednesdays

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

We also sponsor annual special events such as:
  • Bird Festival
  • Butterfly Festival
  • World Migratory Bird Day
  • Earth Day celebration
  • Birdathon fundraiser
  • Birdseed sales
  • Annual banquet

Help us conserve our world and enhance our own special piece of the planet, right here in northwestern Illinois. We invite all of our neighbors to join us and share the love of birds. No experience is necessary and many of our events are free.