Program: May 25

The Middlefork Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society invites you to join us for our monthly meeting with Tyler Hedlund to learn about the natural history and habits of nature's much maligned groups, focusing on Illinois spiders and ticks of Illinois and Kenya.  He will talk about taxonomy, myths, disease spread and more. Lots of pictures, too!  We will meet at 7:00 PM, Thursday, May 25 at the Danville Public Library for Tyler's program: Arachnophilia: An Unconventional View of the Eight-Legged.   Tyler graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master's degree in Entomology studying ticks and Lyme disease in the Chicago region. He currently works at the Illinois Natural History Survey for the U of I Committee on Natural Areas, assisting with the management and maintenance of U of…
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Program: April 27

The Middlefork Chapter of Illinois Audubon is pleased to announce that the new state director for the Illinois Audubon Society, Dr. Jim Herkert, is coming to Danville for a meet and greet and to bring his vision and updates for the Illinois Audubon Society statewide. Illinois Audubon is Illinois' oldest non-profit, independent conservation organization, founded in 1897 as an advocate for wildlife. Since the 1970's Illinois Audubon has also been a land trust, stewarding high quality lands and waters throughout Illinois and buying endangered natural lands to be resold to state and federal organizations for further protection. With local IAS chapters throughout the state, the organization continues to offer natural land stewardship and advocacy as well as local hikes, programs, and work days for the general public and its members.…
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Bluebird Monitoring Season is Here!

It is spring and bluebirds are in the area selecting nesting territory, and that means it’s time to get your nest boxes ready! Now is the time to walk your trails and check all the boxes to ensure they are all in good condition and cleaned out for the incoming nesters. Middlefork Audubon has a bluebird fund for upkeep of the trails, and replacement boxes and other materials are available. Middlefork Audubon appreciates your time and dedication to this important and valuable program that helps our local nesting bird populations while, at the same time, providing important data that tracks the status of these bird populations from year to year. With nearly 40 monitors overseeing 390 boxes in Vermilion County through the Middlefork Audubon bluebird monitoring program, we want to…
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