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Audubon Society forms new chapter; protects 272 acres of Amboy Marsh

Posted: Monday, Dec 24th, 2012

A look at part of the Amboy Marsh located south of Amboy now protected by the Illinois Audubon Society. (Photo contributed)

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Audubon Society announces the formation of its 21st chapter. Located in Lee County, the new chapter was unanimously approved and welcomed by the Society's Board of Directors at its Dec. 8, meeting in Springfield. The formation of the chapter comes on the heels of the Society's protection of the 272-acre Amboy Marsh, also located in Lee County.

"We could not be more pleased by the formation of this chapter," said Tom Clay, Executive Director of the Illinois Audubon Society. "As a land trust, having chapters near our properties is critical," Clay said. "Our chapters share a sense of ownership responsibility of our properties and for that reason they are tremendous stewards of the land."

The Birdsong Chapter is a joint effort of the Dixon Park District and the Lee County Soil & Water Conservation District. Individuals and families with an interest in bird observation and the preservation and management of habitat for all native wildlife and plant species are welcome to join. Membership will not be limited to any specific county.

"We're excited to provide opportunities to observe and learn about all the natural resources in our area," said Deb Carey, Director, Dixon Park District. "There will be plenty of need for volunteers to help steer the chapter and participate in stewardship activities."

The first meeting of the Birdsong Chapter is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 10 a.m., at Lowell Park Nature Center, 2114 Lowell Park Road, Dixon. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count. For more information about joining the Birdsong Chapter, contact Greg Hunter, Director of Natural Resources, Dixon Park District, 815-284-3306 or gphunter273@yahoo.com.

The mission of the Illinois Audubon Society is to promote the perpetuation and appreciation of native plants and animals and the habitats that support them. The Illinois Audubon Society is a member supported, not-for-profit, statewide organization. Founded in 1897, the Society is Illinois' oldest private conservation organization with over 2300 members, 21 chapters and 13 affiliate groups. Illinois Audubon Society has protected over 3000 acres by investing more than $6 million to protect land and water throughout Illinois.

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