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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 May 11, 2017
Social time 6:30pm
Business meeting 6:45pm
Program 7:00pm
 
WILL COUNTY AUDUBON HOSTS
John James Audubon: 19th Century Artist and Naturalist
Presented by Lee Witkowski
 
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL 60432
 


Many people have heard of the “Audubon Society” but do not really understand where the name comes from. John James Audubon was an artist who was born in the late 18th century and did most of his work in the first half of the 19th century. He traveled from his native France to the young United States. There he tried his hand at being an entrepreneur but due to circumstances, some of them beyond his control, he failed. During this time he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Eventually he found his calling and began to work on promoting his primary life’s work, The Birds of North America. This venture was fraught with ups and downs. Audubon persevered.
 
The presentation will take you through some of the highlights of this man’s incredible life.
 
Lee Witkowski earned his B.S. at Northern Illinois University. He majored in Biology and minored in Geography. Governors State University is where he earned his Master’s degree in Environmental Science. His vocation was to be a teacher and that’s how he started out. After several years of junior high school as well as high school, he turned his attention to the emerging computer industry.
During this career, he worked with technology but always seemed to gravitate to teaching technology. He worked as a sales trainer as well as a Certified Novell Instructor. This included “Train the Trainer” classes where he certified technicians to convey software knowledge to other technicians. Eventually, he returned to the formal classroom as an adjunct professor for Lewis University and Moraine Valley Community College.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public.
 
Spring Bird Count is Saturday May 6th!
Get more info and download forms here.
 
 
 

Learn more about the IAS Spring Gathering here
 
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