2020 Letter from Executive Director

Each year when I reflect back on what the Illinois Audubon Society has accomplished over the previous 12 months, I am reminded of one very important fact: none of the Society’s work would be possible without the generous support and loyalty of members like you.

Because of members like you our Society has thrived for over a century and has made a lasting impact on conservation within the state – and this year has been no different.  Despite the significant effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our world, the Society has, in the last 12 months, made acquisitions that have enlarged three of our sanctuaries – War Bluff Valley Sanctuary, Prairie Ridge State Natural Area and Adams Wildlife Sanctuary.

At our sanctuaries our volunteers and staff have continued (with appropriate social-distancing) our stewardship work, restoring our lands and combating invasive species. Our Board has learned how to meet and conduct business virtually, and we have continued to produce what I consider to be the best conservation publication in the state, our flagship magazine – Illinois Audubon.  We have expanded our social media presence with our new Migration Dashboard that tracked the progress of bird migration in the state this year and also launched our new online Nature Quizzes. Despite our ‘lock down’ we have accomplished a lot.

So, on behalf of our staff, Jo, Kaleb, Jodie, Kathy and me, I’m asking that you continue to support our conservation work by making a tax-deductible donation to the Illinois Audubon Society today. With your ongoing support we can continue to be a strong conservation leader in the state of Illinois, providing a variety of ways and places for people to see, hear, feel, smell, appreciate, and explore the wonderful natural world around us.

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