Welcome to Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society

Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society, serving members across the southernmost region of Illinois. We are dedicated to the conservation and preservation of Illinois habitat and its diversity of native birds, animals and plants. We offer bird watching and nature-related field trips, workshops and presentations in southern Illinois.


Open House Saturday November 11, 2017

Open house

All afternoon and into the evening
Bring your binoculars – birds are everywhere with the change in weather
Explore the trails, on your own or with Audubon members
Look for all Seven ponds
Discover the beauty of Simmons Creek
Visit with friends, old and new
Hot cider and other treats available
Pot-luck chili supper – Bring your version and we’ll have a Cook-off!!
Campfire and Stargazing

Stewardship Day

Volunteers will gather at 10 AM to work on sanctuary projects, such as maintaining trails and buildings, cleaning nest boxes and other tasks.
Stewardship Day at War Bluff is held on the second Saturday of each month.

What do you need to volunteer? – Just dress for the weather, wear boots, bring work gloves, lunch and a drink, and be ready to have some fun! To volunteer or for more information, call Randall at the sanctuary 618-683-2222.

In 10 days, on Saturday, August 26, the Shawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society will host Insect Awareness and Appreciation Day

(IAAD) to celebrate Bugs!!! The fun will begin at 3:30pm and take place at beautiful War Bluff Wildlife Sanctuary (228 Bushwack Road) 3.5 mi north of Golconda on Rt. 146, left onto Bushwack Road 2.3 mi.

IAAD will feature afternoon “Aquatic Adventures” with SIU Freshwater Ecologists, Sophia Bonjour, Jared Bilak, Kasey Fralick and Katie Heiden. They will be exploring pond and stream habitats to look for the insects that live there. Join them to learn about these underwater critters and how they make their living.

Following the afternoon activities, guests are welcome to join Shawnee Audubon members for a delicious potluck dinner. Shawnee Audubon will provide the meat and vegetarian entrées. Please bring a side dish to share.

The “Really Cool Raffle” will follow dinner and feature really cool stuff including many kid friendly insect related items. Insect posters and booklets (Wings, Things, and Stingy Things) will be given away before dinner.

Please join us for a fun filled day all about insects! We hope to see you at the sanctuary. For more information,

Email:   Education & presentations chair – Karen, at featherfoil1@yahoo.com

or call: Sanctuary Chair – Randall (618.683.2222)