2021 Bluebird Gathering

The annual BLUEBIRD GATHERING is on for 2021!

When: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, Thursday, August 26

Where: White Oak Barn,

Kennekuk County Park

What: see details below

Greetings all bluebird nest box monitors!

Middlefork Audubon thanks you once again for another year of hard work and dedication to the nest box monitoring in Vermilion County!

We hope you can join us for an evening together – a little different than usual due to the ongoing concern with COVID-19. We will be meeting outside under the big oaks at the White Oak Barn (near the Education Center) at Kennekuk. We also have the option of opening up the barn and using the shelter in case of inclement weather. Instead of the usual potluck, please bring your own picnic dinner and drinks and we’ll provide water for the meal and locally made cupcakes for dessert! There will be the standard picnic tables and benches, but if you prefer something more comfortable, bring your favorite lawn chair.

As we wrap up a rather sparse 2020 bluebird nesting season and anticipate the return of more Eastern bluebirds next year, I thought you might enjoy this delightful poem by Henry David Thoreau taken from the online companion to Watching Backyard Birds.  Enjoy!


Happy trails all~

Suzanne Smith

Middlefork Audubon- a chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society

bluebird nest box monitoring volunteer coordinator

Illinois Audubon Society is hosting a BIG DAY EVENT Saturday, May 1st, 2021

Join the fun and register with Illinois Audubon for the Middlefork chapter!

Due to the pandemic, the Illinois Audubon Society 2021 Spring Gathering was cancelled. However we are inviting everyone to take part in a Chapter Big Day on May 1 followed by a zoom program that evening. (Scott Robinson will be the presenter – more information to come on that.) The Chapter Big Day is a competition between participating chapters of the Illinois Audubon Society for the most species observed in a 16-hour period (12:00 am to 4:00 pm). Registration is open to members and non-members and both a Chapter and an Individual Big Day Champion will be awarded. Competitors may bird alone or with others anywhere within the boundaries of the State of Illinois.

Registration is available on the Illinois Audubon Society’s website. All participants must register online and choose their Chapter “team.” Each chapter will have a coordinator who will receive, tally and report their final numbers no later than May 4. Winners will be announced shortly after.

Register here (Make sure to register under Team Middlefork Audubon!):



Date:  May 1, 2021

Registration opens on March 1, 2021; closes on April 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Start time:  12:00 am

End time:    4:00 pm

All counts must be turned in no later than 5:00 pm on May 4, 2021 (3 days) to be eligible

Winners will be announced shortly after May 5, 2021