Photo by Tonya Guo
From Right: Board Members Dale, Les, Lenore, and Matt at left inspiring the next generation of birders.
Mark your calendars. Bird Walk at 7:30am, Breakfast at 8:30am, Program at 9:15am
Location: Sugar Grove Nature Center
Please see details under "Programs". RSVP requested
By Dale Birkenholz, JWP Stewardship Co-Chair
Audubon members, with few exceptions, enjoy the outdoors and wish to learn more about it as they gain experience from walks, hikes, and study. An often quoted axiom in nature writing is “the more you learn, the more you enjoy something”. For example, each time you observe and study an area like Ewing Park, Comlara, or ParkLands, you most likely will observe and learn something new!
When studying different places, an observable characteristic that often becomes apparent is that the number of species, plants, birds, insects, in different habitats often varies. A mature forest harbors more species of birds than a grassland. The number of species an area supports is referred to as its biotic diversity. An area with a high diversity is also more likely to support some plants or animals that are less common or even rare.
This year, on our nature hikes, we plan to visit local areas where we are most likely to encounter something that is less common or at least somewhat unique. Blue grosbeaks and pileated woodpeckers can now be found in McLean County if one is lucky! Bald eagle nests, Kirtland’s warblers, and milk snakes have been observed recently.
Our theme for the forthcoming year will be “rediscovering biodiversity”. Our updated website will provide an avenue for regularly communicating with the membership. Come join us!
Welcome to John Wesley Powell Audubon, a Chapter of National Audubon Society
The mission of the John Wesley Powell Audubon is to engage and promote activities that foster an understanding and appreciation of our natural world and that encourages others to join in this cause.
We also act as a watchdog and bellwether for our environment so that citizens can be informed and empowered with a desire to become effective advocates and stewards and to help restore, maintain and manage our natural communities and ecosystems. By meeting, working and communicating together we hope to enhance the welfare of wildlife and its habitat as well as our own.
We offer programs and field trips to learn about and enjoy nature, its complexity and its beauty and to promote collegiality in working and socializing toward our common goals. We agree to collaborate with National Audubon and adhere to its policies so that together our programs can contribute most effectively to the welfare of our world.