Calendar of Programs and Events

Saturday, February 15th
Great Backyard Bird Count
9 AM – 4 PM – Anita Purves Nature Center
Become a citizen scientist by helping to count birds. Anyone can participate–count for as little or as long as you wish! Record the birds you see through the windowed Wildlife Observation Room and during guided hikes (at 10am & 3pm), and take home a Citizen Scientist button! Champaign County Audubon Society members will provide instruction in bird identification. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if you have them or borrow a pair at the nature center. Free activity stations will also be available, and the Nature Store will have it’s Grand Re-Opening event on this day!

To learn more about this annual four-day-long nationwide event, visit

Saturday, February 22nd
Birding Clinton Lake
Meet at APNC Parking Lot at 8:00am to carpool or meet us there.
Bring lunch. The power plant keeps the lake open so we hope to see waterfowl during this trip. Field Trip is FREE and open to the Public. Please keep an eye on event details in the case of inclement weather for postponement or cancellation. 

Sunday, March 1 – May 31st
Sunday Morning Bird Walks
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Meet at the APNC Parking Lot
Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park

Saturday, March 28th
Birding for Beginners
9 AM – 11 AM – Anita Purves Nature Center

This workshop is for people with little or no birding experience. Learn how to use binoculars, spot and identify common local birds, and discover a bit about each bird’s natural history. We will spend time indoors getting acquainted with bird watching and then try out new skills during a hike in the woods. All equipment will be provided, including a trail snack. Ages 8 and up; under 15 with registered adult

Early Bird Cost: $10 R/$15 NR by March 14th
Cost: $13 R/$18 NR by March 21st

Pre-registration is required: or call 217-367-1544.



Recurring Events

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, 7:00pm
Champaign Public Library – Friends Conference Room
(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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