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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. and other content
Dear JWP Audubon Members,
Did you know that you can birdwatch from your armchair? The 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count will be held Friday, February 13, through Monday, February 16, 2015. Please visit the official website at www.birdcount.org for more information. Anyone can take part whether you are an expert, novice,
or feeder watcher. The results of your peek out the window are sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society to help researchers determine how the birds are doing.
JWP Audubon has had an exciting fall. Our long-time president, Rhea Edge, left a wonderful legacy of 16 outstanding years of service. We welcomed Shanin Abreu (Fundraising) and Paula Wager (Publicity) to the Board. The Ornithological Records Committee produced a new checklist for Illinois Birds. These free pocket-size cards are popular for bird counts, nature walks, and field trips. The new Facebook Group, JWP Audubon, has become the go-to spot for bird alerts and photos. Fall programs on the centennial of the passenger pigeon’s extinction and on cougars were well attended. Participants enjoyed a field trip to Peoria Lake.
Financially, we are at a low point due to the loss of the annual seed sale, which became no longer economically feasible. Our checking account is $3,794.42 and our CD has $8,615.45. Happily, you are responding generously to fund specific projects such as the purple martin colony houses at Tipton Trails and White Oak Lake. Each one costs $1,080 for the house, owl guards, and total installation -- worth every penny. The three barn owl boxes have had no activity last year, but we are hopeful for this year. Your chapter contributed to a local program for at-risk youth to build and put up bird boxes. Bluebird boxes are on the list of hoped-for projects, but will have to wait.
Your dues also help make our programs at Illinois Wesleyan University possible. Last year Pulitzer Prize finalist and award-winning scientist David George Haskell gave a wonderful presentation on a year’s observation of a square meter of old-growth forest. On February 2 you’re invited to a talk about the Greater Prairie Chicken’s translocation to Illinois, and on March 17, we’ll learn about the amazing Emiquon Project along the Illinois River. We look forward to seeing you.
Looking forward to spring,
Gretchen Knapp, President