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Welcome to the Quad City Audubon Society. A chapter of the National Audubon Society, we are an association of local volunteers whose primary concerns are birds and the habitats that sustain them.


Mission Statement

The Quad City Audubon Society (QCAS) is dedicated to the enjoyment of birds, a better understanding of the natural world, stewardship of natural areas and habitats, fellowship, improvement of community awareness of environmental issues, and education of youth for the benefit of future generations.

Upcoming Event

Brian Fox Ellis in character

An Evening with America's Premiere Ornothologist
Robert Ridgeway: Can a Hobby Help Save Our Planet?
OR How Amateur Bird Watching Became a Rigorous Science

Thursday, April 13
Butterworth Center
1105 8th St, Moline, IL
Doors open at 6:15
Program at 7:00

FREE & Open to the Public

Join Illinois’ most pre-eminent bird man as he recalls the history of the Illinois Audubon Society and the evolution of bird watching as it grew from a hobby to a scientific discipline. Hear stories that illuminate the legacy as bird watching, namely, creating a cadre of citizen scientists, encouraging the next generation of conservationists, and protecting habitat for future generations.

Storyteller and Author Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays Robert Ridgway, telling the story of his journey across the western wilderness in 1868, when he was still a teenager, and his life-long work at the Smithsonian Institution. Ridgway was a student of Spencer Baird, who travelled with John James Audubon, who knew Charles Darwin. Ridgway’s research transformed ornithology, evolution and systematics.


All events are open to the public:

Thursday March 9, 1:30 PM at the Bettendorf Public Library.  Larry Stone will give a free public program, "Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady".  This program is based on the book by Larry and Jon Stravers.

Thursday March 9, 7:00 PM (Virtual Meeting).  Millions of waterfowl are on the move, and many different species will be passing through the Quad Cities in the next month or two! Join us as Tim Murphy discusses how to identify them!   Zoom link:

March 11, 2023  8:00am Field Trip.  Princeton Iowa Wildlife Management Area spring waterfowl walk.  Meet at Princeton Wildlife Area south boat ramp end of 266th Street at 8:00am.  For questions contact

April 8 Field Trip Cone Marsh.  Meet at the Marquette Street Boat Ramp, Davenport at 7:00am.  Cone Marsh southwest of Muscatine is great for viewing waterfowl and shorebirds.  For questions contact

Thursday April 13 7:00pm  Butterworth Education Center,  701 12th Avenue, Moline.  Program:  Brian Fox Ellis, representing Illinois Audubon Society and a renowned character actor portrays "Robert Ridgeway, An Illinois Ornithologist"  Ridgeway was a prominent ornithologist and Curator of Ornithology at Smithsonian Museum beginning 1880.

April 29, Stroll Thru Springtime,  Black Hawk State Historic Site,  Rock Island.  Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park.  Bird Walk 7:00-9:00am  Program 9:00-10:00am  Wildflower Walk 10:00-Noon.

May 6, Illinois Spring Bird Count.  See article newsletter.  Contact Tim Murphy 309-764-9779 or for further information.  Coordinated by Illinois Natural History Survey.

May 6 Earth Day Recognized.  Farmers Market Freight House, Davenport 8:00am-2:00pm.

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