Calendar of Programs and Events

Sundays, March 4 - May 27, 7:30-9am
Sunday Morning Bird Walks: Our 75th year of Birding!
Meet in Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot. Join us at our longest-running program, the Sunday morning birdwalks! Walks run from 7:30 to about 9, but if the birds are good some birders will stay longer! Free and open to the public. 

Birds, Binoculars and Beverages: On Sundays April 7 to May 12, 7:15-9:45am, the nature center will be open to the public for Birds, Binoculars and Beverages, a program in celebration of the nature center’s 40th anniversary where you can enjoy FREE coffee and light snacks before or after the Sunday Morning Bird Walks.

Saturday, April 20
Field Trip to Heron Park
Meet at Anita Purves Nature Center at 7:30am to car pool. Heron Park has a board walk and observation tower with chances to see waterfowl, maybe the resident eagles, and also land birds.

Saturday, April 27, 8am
Allerton Park Field Trip
Meet at the Allerton park visitor’s center. Audubon members that wish to carpool should meet at Anita Purves Nature center and leave by 7:30am.

Thursday, May 2, 7pm
Monthly Program: 2018 Kendeigh Grant Recipients
Urbana Free Library
Samantha Capel, PhD student at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign: Translocated Greater Prairie Chickens
Daniel Goldberg,  PhD student from Illinois State University: Population distributions of rails and gallinules

Saturday, May 4
Spring Bird Count
This count is done county by county, and as Champaign County’s compiler we are recruiting birders to cover the county. Illinois Spring Bird Count has electronic data going back to 1975 which is used to estimate changes in population of bird species throughout the state. Birders in teams of 1 to 4 or so will be assigned to specific areas. Last year in Champaign County we recorded 165 bird species. Please let Beth Chato ( know if you are available and your preferred area.

May 5-12
Spring Bird-a-Thon
During our annual Bird-a-Thon fundraiser, teams search for as many bird species they can find. Pledge donations are based on the number of species seen by your selected team, or 
you may pledge a flat amount. Please participate or choose a team and pledge your support! For more info, contact Beth Chato by email or at 344-6803.
Donate Online to the Bird-a-Thon


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Sunday Morning Birdwalks
March-May & Sept-Oct
Sundays, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Our most popular event! Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway, Urbana, at 7:30 a.m. Walks in the nearby Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park officially last about 1 1/2 hours (though some intrepid birders stay later).

Feb-May & Sept-Dec
First Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.
Guest speakers present on a variety of topics throughout the year. Programs are usually located at the Urbana Free Library auditorium (no programs January, June, July, August)

Bird Counts
See Bird Count page.

Board Meetings
Third Monday of the month, 7:15 p.m.
(No meetings June, July, December) 

For more learning opportunities, please see programs and events offered at two local park districts:
Urbana Park District
Champaign County Forest Preserve District

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