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Here is a more detailed look at how we go about achieving the QCAS Mission:

QCAS is dedicated to... the enjoyment of birds..

Field Trips are the primary means by which we go about the enjoyment of birds. QCAS has at least one field trip - a visit to a local habitat for the purpose of observing nature - every month. While our focus is usually on birds, we observe all aspects of nature, and we occasionally schedule a trip primarily on plant life. 

QCAS is dedicated to... a better understanding of the natural world... 

Bird Counts help advance our knowledge about birds. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an early winter census of bird populations that has been conducted every year since 1900. QCAS members typically participate in six counts in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. 

The Illinois Spring Bird Count falls on the Saturday between May 4 and May 11, near the peak of song bird migration. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Conservation, QCAS has participated in this count without interruption for over 50 years. 

In addition, the chapter has supported the advancement of science by funding research studies of plant and animal life at local habitats including Milan Bottoms, Nahant Marsh, and Manikowski Prairie. 

QCAS is dedicated to... stewardship of natural areas and habitats... 

QCAS has a long history of working to protect and improve local habitats. These efforts are even more significant as we lose habitat to developmental pressures. Some of our recent stewardship efforts have included work at these sites: 

Nahant Marsh. QCAS members conducted the initial botanical surveys at Nahant and have conducted avian surveys to document bird life at the marsh over a period of several years. 

Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge. QCAS installed and maintained 20 bluebird boxes on a prairie restoration on the refuge. We have also participated in the autumn collection of prairie cord grass seed and the spring planting of the cord grass plugs germinated from that seed. 

Milan Bottoms. QCAS sponsored surveys of avian life in Milan Bottoms and participated in public advocacy efforts to preserve the biological integrity of this site. 

Lyndon-Agnew Prairie. QCAS members participate in ongoing efforts to remove invasive plant species, especially sweet clover, from this prairie remnant. 

QCAS is dedicated to... fellowship... 

Based on a common interest in wild birds, fellowship is part of all QCAS activities, particularly meetings and field trips. 

QCAS is dedicated to... improvement of community awareness of environmental issues... 

QCAS holds monthly membership meetings during the academic year, September through May, on the second Thursday of the month beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Butterworth Center in Moline. Every meeting includes a presentation on a natural history or conservation topic. Topics run the gamut from butterflies, to endangered ocean life, to ice-age geology, and, of course, to birds. Birding presentations span the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic, with stops in the tropics and the Midwest. 

QCAS publishes a local newsletter, Mississippi Currents, six times annually, keeping our members informed about issues that may impact the local environment. 

The QCAS is dedicated to... education of youth for the benefit of future generations. 

Every January, beginning in 1967 when it was still the Tri-City Bird Club, QCAS has held a program on Bald Eagles. It started as a program about Bald Eagles on Saturday night followed on Sunday by a field trip caravan to view Bald Eagles. Over the years, the Eagle Program has added sponsors and developed into Bald Eagle Days, a regional environmental fair that attracts approximately 15,000 visitors annually. In addition to Bald Eagle Days, QCAS members present educational programs when requested, particularly about bird identification. 

History of the QCAS 

On February 12, 1948, a small group officially founded the Tri-City Bird Club, an organization whose purpose was to further interest in the study and enjoyment of birds. The group appealed to both the casual observer of birds and the serious student of ornithology. In 1976, the group reorganized as the Quad City Audubon Society, a chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society. Then in 1990, QCAS became a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Throughout its evolution, the organization has remained faithful to the primary purpose of promoting the enjoyment of birds. 


Acknowledgment: photo by Ken Carnes; Common Loon, photo by Joann Whitmore

 

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 EVENTS

All events are open to the public:


July 9, Sunday—Lyndon Prairie Work (1/2) Day. Sunday July 9th is the annual Lyndon-Agnew Work Party to remove sweet clover from the native prairie in
Whiteside County. This is a high quality tall grass prairie but it needs help to preserve it. The work is not hard but it is often very hot as we wade into the unshaded grasses to remove sweet clover by either cutting or digging. Long- sleeved shirts, long pants, gloves and a hat are strongly advised as is sunscreen and insect repellant. We generally work from about 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and return around noon. Those interested in attending should meet for carpooling at Jewel Grocery in Silvis, on John Deere Road at 7:00 a.m.

August 19, Saturday— Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip. Meet at Credit Island Lodge 7:00 a.m. Carpool to Port Louisa NWR Headquarters at 10728 County Road X61, Wapello, Iowa 52653. The refuge will be open for the QCAS tour and a staff guide will assist us. Half day trip. We hope to see
shorebirds.

September 16, Saturday, Wild Cat Den State Park Field Trip. Meet at Credit Island Lodge at 7:00 a.m. Carpool to Wild Cat Den State Park near Muscatine,
Iowa. Half day trip. Fall migration!

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