January 2014

AnchorageAlaska240wJanuary 23rd presentation by Jim Smith
Join us Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Danville Public Library to hear Jim Smith share about his trip to Alaska. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided.

Jim Smith, long time member of the Middlefork Audubon Society, has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the conservation of birds and plants, and the land itself. In 2012, Smith was named Conservationist of the Year by the Illinois Audubon Society (IAS). His conservation efforts include maintaining the 100-box bluebird trail at Edgewood Farm, coordinating volunteers for other bluebird trails in Champaign and Vermillion counties, coordinating and participating in various annual bird counts, and educating the public about the importance of protecting and preserving natural areas in Illinois.

January 9th Board Meeting
The first board meeting of the 2014 year will be held Thursday, January 9th, 7:15pm at the Danville, Public Library. The meeting is open to the public. If you are interested in having a bigger role in the Middlefork Audubon Society, please feel free to attend any board meeting.

Bald Eagle Watch
Don’t forget about the Bald Eagle Days. This year the annual event at Starved Rock in Utica, IL will be held the weekend of January 25-26. For more information, download the event brochure (pdf).

December 2013

Christmas_Cardinal_by_GypsyAlexJoin us at 6:30pm, Thursday, December 12th for our annual holiday potluck and program at the Danville Public Library. The evening will begin with dinner so bring a favorite food to share.
Marilyn Campbell is the evening’s presenter with her program on the Manitoba Prairies and Churchill. The business portion of the meeting will include the election of officers for 2014. The evening will conclude with a gift exchange. If you’d like to participate in the gift exchange, bring a small unwrapped gift.

The slate of officers for 2014 are as follows:
President: Sue Smith
Vice-President: Connie Cunningham
Secretary: Marilyn Campbell
Treasurer: Bob Schifo
IAS Delegate: Jim Smith
Directors: Bud Lewsader, Brenda Tellier, TBA
Website: Susan Stearns

Please contact Marilyn Campbell at 662-6460 if you are interested in serving as a director. Board meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of most months.

November 2013

http://blog.openhelix.eu/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/turkey.jpgHappy Thanksgiving.  There will be no program meeting in November. Our next event is the holiday potluck and program on December 12th.  More details will be forthcoming in our December news.

Thank you to all of you who ordered bird seed during our Fall Bird Seed Fundraiser.  It was a success! There are a few 10 pound bags of Thistle (Niger) left over. Contact Bob Schifo at 217-427-5563 if you’d like to purchase a bag for $9.50.