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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.

Little Blue Heron

~~ Little Blue Heron. Photo by Jody Millar

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.


All events are open to the public:

Public Meeting, Thursday, March 11, 7:00 pm, Butterworth Center, Moline, IL: Lauren Larson, a graduate student at Western Illinois University, will present her MS thesis research on Lesser Scaup entitled "Food Availability for Lesser Scaup on Pools 13 and 19 of the Mississippi River".

Field Trip, Sunday, March 14th, 2021 - Up the Mississippi River to Lock and Dam 13, Spring Lake, with stops along the way. Mostly a full day field trip (return around 2:00 p.m.). Due to COVID restriction, it is advised to bring a lunch. Meet at Brother's Restaurant in Rapids City, Illinois at 7:00 a.m. Contact Tim Murphy for further information: 309-764-9779.

Virtual Wings & Wetlands Birding Festival, March 24-26, 2021 - Through a series of Zoom classes, we will see leading experts on birds, wetlands, and conservation to enhance your next wetland visit. Featured presenters include Kenn Kaufman (field Guide author, naturalist, and artist), Alvaro Jaramillo biologist, conservationist, guide), Sharon ‘The Bird Chick’ Stiteler aka (Birder, speaker, author) and others. Topics of presentations will include the link of Kansas wetlands to bird migrations, the psychology of birding, humorous birding stories, bird identification, Kansas wetlands, Kansas raptors and SmartPhone birding. The Wings & Wetland Festival virtual event will take place on March 24 - 26, 2021. Registration is $20. Proceeds from the Wings & Wetlands Festival will benefit conservation efforts at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
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Public Meeting, Thursday, April 8th, 2021, 7:00 p.m,  Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL  - Joel Vanderbush from the Niabi Zoo will present a program on, "What's New at the Zoo".

Field Trip, Saturday, April 10th, 2021 - Cone Mash, Iowa: migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, early spring migrants. We expect to return around 1:00 p.m. from this long half-day trip. Due to COVID restrictions, it is recommended one bring a lunch. Meet at Marquette Street Boat Landing, Davenport, Iowa at 7:00 a.m. For further information, contact Tim Murphy: 309-764-9779.

Public Meeting, Thursday, May 13, 2021, 7:00 pm, Butterworth Center, Moline, IL: Jon Stravers will present “Chasing the Bird Dream”. After 40 years of working in the bird conservation world on a variety of monitoring, inventorying and research projects, Jon brings a unique perspective on how birds can unite us, teach us, and bring out the spiritual aspects of our own existence. Jon will describe his work on Red-shouldered Hawks and Ceruleans Warblers.

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