Will County Chapter has a very encouraging, down-to-earth membership that embraces the beginning birder. Joining the group and participating in field trips and meetings can open a whole new world to those who want to get outdoors and learn more about birds and nature.
We are fortunate to have a great system of forest preserves in Will County as well as in surrounding counties. The Des Plaines and Kankakee Rivers join to form the Illinois River just a short distance away and together with the Des Plaines Conservation Area, Goose Lake Prairie, and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie offer abundant birding opportunities. Lake Renwick Rookery Nature Preserve near Plainfield, IL is also a favorite.
We also have a long history of those who came before us and the desire to carry on the tradition of introducing the public to the joys of birding. Also, because of past achievements, the realization that we can make a difference in conservation causes.
Most recently, our Chapter worked to connect the Joliet Park District with Illinois Audubon Society to successfully add 80 acres of property to Pilcher Park. Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and Illinois Audubon made it all possible and people in our community are excited about the long-sought after addition to this Illinois Natural Areas Inventory site.
We were proponents for the preservation of the Lake Renwick Rookery and every breeding season about 25 of our members act as interpreters at the site. We have been volunteering there since 1990 and both our group and many of our members have been recognized by the Forest Preserve District of Will County for their service. We have supported Scouts in projects, providing funds for wood duck boxes along Lily Cache Creek near Lake Renwick and a new bird viewing blind at Pilcher Park. We also belong to the Bird Conservation Network in the Chicago Region.