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You can now join or renew your IAS/WCAS annual membership online! It's easy and convenient.
 
 
 
Do you enjoy attracting wildlife to your backyard?   Do you maintain the four elements of habitat or would like to improve your backyard habitat?   Your backyard can become a Certified Illinois Audubon Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary.   Qualify and receive a certificate and a sign for posting in your yard.
 
 
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Please call the IAS office for questions regarding Certification or Re-Certification at 217.544.2473
 
Looking for a birding activity in Illinois? Check out the Illinois Audubon Society's Birding Calendar
 
 
 
 
Are you interested in learning more about birds and birding in and around Will County? Would you like to meet others that enjoy birding? Join us at one of our upcoming activities and find out what the Will County Audubon Society is all about. We hope to see you there!
 
Next Meeting
Thursday March 9, 2017
Social time 6:30pm
Business meeting 6:45pm
Program 7:00pm
 
What Birds Can Tell Us
Conservation Successes and New Insights into Remarkable Bird Behavior
 
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL 60432
 

Jeff Hoover earned his B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. He received his M.S. from Penn State where he studied the effects of forest fragmentation on the nesting success of forest birds specifically Wood Thrush and Ovenbirds. His PhD was earned under the direction of Scott Robinson at the University of Illinois where Jeff studied factors affecting lifetime reproductive success in Prothonotary Warblers. He currently holds the position of Avian Ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey which is housed within the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Hoover’s presentation will highlight what birds have to tell us about how human activities, including habitat degradation, land conservation, and habitat restoration all affect bird populations. He will also highlight how long-term studies of birds in Illinois have given us new insight into some remarkable bird behaviors that include birds making decisions to return to “good” sites and move away from “bad” sites, as well as “mafia” and “farming” behavior in Brown-headed Cowbirds.  He will also show how long-term bird research is providing new and more accurate information on life-expectancy and lifetime reproductive success in migratory warblers, and on the ability of birds to respond to global climate change.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public.
 
Download the March meeting flyer here.
 

Learn more about the IAS Spring Gathering here
 
WCAS Activity Brochure
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Note: Information is subject to change. Please check back here for the latest info on the next upcoming meeting or activity. Download here.