John Wesley Powell Audubon is a Chapter of National Audubon

John Wesley Powell Audubon, P.O. Box 142, Normal, Il 61761

ACTION Alert:     see conservation link at left

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ANNOUNCEMENT:  Dale Birkenholz Memorial on Saturday, June 25th, 2:00pm, ISU Alumni Center (see "In the news" at left)

Photo by Tonya Guo
From Right: Board Members Dale, Les, Lenore, and Matt at left inspiring the next generation of birders.

Mission Statement

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

Letter From the President

Dear Members,

On behalf of the Board, I invite you to celebrate Dale Birkenholz’s life and legacy at the Illinois State University (ISU) Alumni Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. As you know, Dale was an integral part of JWP Audubon, serving as President, bird and wildflower field trip guide, caretaker of Audubon Gardens, organizer of the bird seed fundraiser, Breeding Bird Surveyor, Christmas and Spring Bird count coordinator, mentor to all, and so on. He is sorely missed.

If you are interested in learning about native plants, consider taking an hour or two of your time this spring to maintain beautiful Audubon Gardens on our own Constitution Trail. Contact Gretchen Monti at for further information.

Would you like to know more about putting up bird boxes? How about keeping an eye on the Purple Martin houses at White Oak Lake Park or Tipton Trails?  It’s easy and rewarding to do. Contact Matthew Winks at

I encourage you to participate in the Ewing Park bird walks. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced birder, our friendly guides provide an enjoyable walk through the woods in the park. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

Membership News:

This is the last newsletter until the fall. Let me remind you again of the new membership policy set by the National Audubon Society (NAS). Your membership chair no longer can accept checks for NAS memberships. Instead, NAS prefers that prospective and returning members pay online at  NAS memberships are $20/year. If you wish, you may become a Friend of JWP Audubon and support your chapter directly by mailing a check made out to Friend of JWP to:


P.O. BOX 142

NORMAL, IL 61761

Dues are $20/year, $30 for two years, and $15 per year for senior or student.


May you enjoy spring migration, the beauty of butterflies and dragonflies, and the flowering of our native plants!

Gretchen Knapp



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