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You can now join or renew your IAS/WCAS annual membership online! It's easy and convenient.
 
 
 
Do you enjoy attracting wildlife to your backyard?   Do you maintain the four elements of habitat or would like to improve your backyard habitat?   Your backyard can become a Certified Illinois Audubon Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary.   Qualify and receive a certificate and a sign for posting in your yard.
 
 
Click here for more information
 
Please call the IAS office for questions regarding Certification or Re-Certification at 217.544.2473
 
Looking for a birding activity in Illinois? Check out the Illinois Audubon Society's Birding Calendar
 
 
 
 
Are you interested in learning more about birds and birding in and around Will County? Would you like to meet others that enjoy birding? Join us at one of our upcoming activities and find out what the Will County Audubon Society is all about. We hope to see you there!
 
Next Meeting
Thursday March 8, 2018
 
Social time 6:30pm
Business meeting 6:45pm
Program 7:00pm
 
WILL COUNTY AUDUBON HOSTS
 
Cryptic Birds of the Night 
A look into the natural history of some of Illinois’ nocturnal birds and the importance and challenges of population trend monitoring
 
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL 60432
 

Not a lot is known about nocturnal birds, particularly nightjars and some species of owls. Their cryptic appearances and specific habitat types can make them hard to study. That being said these, birds have some unique characteristics and behaviors that we do have knowledge of. In addition, historically long term avian monitoring programs have been primarily during the day, therefore we don’t have a good estimate of nocturnal bird population trends. We suspect some species are declining, which is why many states have initiated nocturnal bird monitoring programs for nightjars and owls, Illinois being one of them. Monitoring of Nightjars and Owls (MOON) in Illinois was piloted in 2008. Come learn about these nocturnal birds and what you can be doing to help with their
 
Tara Beveroth earned her Associates in Science from Sauk Valley Community College. From Western Illinois University, she earned her B.S. in Biology and then her M.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology. Shortly after graduate school Tara joined the Illinois Natural History Survey as an Avian Field Specialist.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public.
 
Download the March 2018 program here.

 
Download the 2017/18 WCAS activity brochure here.