Vermilion County Audubon Society

Danville/Vermilion County, Illinois

Mission Statement

The Vermilion County Audubon Society is members of the community dedicated to promoting environmental awareness. We work to preserve and restore natural habitats for birds and other wildlife. We support conservation and education programs locally, nationally, and internationally.

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History and National Audubon

The Vermilion County Audubon Society was established in 1951 as a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. As a member of the Vermilion County Audubon Society, you will automatically become a member of the National Audubon Society.

There are over 500 Audubon chapters nationwide working on wildlife conservation and environmental protection.

Our belief that a healthy economy depends on a healthy environment is an example of our balanced approach. This balance is the reason we are considered "the voice of reason" on environmental issues.


Your chapter membership will provide you with an opportunity to join in field trips, attend films and lectures, and work on current issues. Whichever activities you choose, you'll enjoy the camaraderie of friendly people who share your views and concerns.

Six times a year, you'll receive the Society's award winning magazine, AUDUBON, considered one of the most beautiful and informative periodicals on wildlife and environmental topics.

In addition to the regular membership benefits, members who join the Activist Network receive the Audubon Activist, our monthly newsjournal which tracks late-breaking environmental issues. To become an activist, simply pledge to write two letters or make two phone calls to legislators or other public officials.

Local Activities

  • Bluebird Project

Volunteers set up nesting boxes and monitor the Bluebird population in County Parks and the surrounding areas. The Bluebird population has increased dramatically county-wide.

  • Kennekuk Marsh Project

In connection with the Vermilion County Conservation District, Vermilion County Audubon has helped financially and with volunteer efforts to make the Kennekuk Marsh a reality. Waterfowl and other wildlife are actively frequenting this important resting and nesting habitat.

  • Outdoor School

Vermilion County Audubon finances the workbooks for the children participating in this Conservation District program, which brings nature closer to the next generation.

  • Minigrants for Educators

Moneys for special projects are made available to area teachers.


Your membership with the National Audubon Society ensures support for local projects through your local chapter.

Our biggest fund-raiser, however, is a birdseed sale held twice a year. ANYONE interested in supporting the above programs can contribute by simply buying their yearly supply of bird seed and feeders from the Vermilion County Audubon Society.

How YOU can get involved...

National Audubon Society
Introductory Membership Application $20.00

To become a member of the National Audubon Society and of the Vermilion County Audubon Society (local chapter G54), fill out the form below and we will send you the required forms. You will send your check in the amount of $20.00 to National Audubon Society, Chapter Membership Data Center, P. O. Box 2664, Boulder, CO, 80321. You will receive Audubon Magazine, and you will be able to join the Activist Network. It is also possible to send a gift membership to a person of your choice.

Need more information?

If you want to find out more about the local Vermilion County Audubon Society, we will make you a special offer:

You can receive our monthly newsletter FREE OF CHARGE, to give you an opportunity to get to know us. You will be able to find out who we are, our meeting dates, programs, and field trips.

If you don't want to participate actively, but would like to contribute to our programs, we can put you on our mailing list for our bird seed sales. You will be contacted in the fall and late winter and sent an order form.

Please, give us a call @ 217-427-5563 and ask for Susie or Bob Schifo or e-mail us. To find out more about local events, check our web page at

For more information on the National Audubon Society, please see their home page.

About our meetings

We meet every fourth Thursday of the month. Our meetings are held at Forest Glen County Preserve, Kennekuk County Park, and the Danville Public Library. Our Christmas banquets sure get our members in the right Christmas spirit! Our programs are given by members or naturalists from all over the world. You can travel to foreign places and meet different cultures and wildlife without leaving Vermilion County.

We are a fun group to meet, and since our meetings are open to the public, we would like for you to join us for a program or field trip.

Joe Charlie, from the Gwich'in Nation, speaking
about the last wilderness in his home country, Alaska.


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