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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:


Through May 25, 2019 - The year's best bird photographs have arrived at Davenport's Main Public Library, downtown Davenport, Iowa.  The exhibit is sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Quad Cities Audubon Society.  The photographs were selected from 8,000 entries.  Come take a look, and let these photographs inspire you to seek out some of Nature' most beautiful creatures this spring!  The exhibit leaves Davenport May 25, 2019 for Garrison, New York.
https://www.audubon.org/news/the-audubon-photography-awards-traveling-exhibition  

May 4, Saturday ~ Illinois Spring Bird Count - QC Audubon has coordinated efforts in Rock Island County. In addition, QCAS members have also provided individuals to count Henry and Mercer counties as well. For further information, contact Tim Murphy 309-764-9779. The Illinois Spring Bird Count is coordinated statewide by the Illinois Natural History Survey and additional information can be obtained at http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/ collections/ birds/sbc/. 

May 9, Thursday, Members Meeting ~ Our speaker is Jill Schmidt, a Naturalist with the Clinton County Conservation Board and the title of her presentation is "Going bats for Bats.” 

May 11, Saturday ~ Dorrance County Park, Illiniwek Forest Preserve ~ We will meet at 7 am at the south trailhead off Route 84 at Illiniwek Forest Preserve, (bluff side parking lot).  We will bird for a brief time at Illiniwek and then head to the north end of Port Byron, IL to focus on Dorrance Park.  This will be a half-day trip.   

May 11, Saturday ~ Non-Audubon event at Port Louisa NWR, Iowa ~ Join Refuge staff and the Friends of Port Louisa NWR for a Spring Bird Festival, 7 am - 11 am: Songbird banding 7 am to 11 am, Refuge staff and trained volunteers will band birds; bird walk 7 am, all are welcome to join David Griffin on a hike along the nature trail in the forest and along Muscatine Slough to look for birds. This is a great opportunity to see birds up close and learn about banding. 9:00 am: Bring the family and join Bobbi Provost to explore the nature trail for birds. Visit their website at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/port_louisa/ 

June 1, Saturday ~ Savanna/Mississippi Palisades ~ Meet at the Brothers Restaurant in Rapids City at 6 am. Jody Millar and Janelle Swanberg will lead this all day field trip.   

June 1, Saturday - On June 1st River Action will be partnering with the City of Bettendorf to plant 100 trees in a 5-acre field adjacent to Pigeon Creek Park.  We are seeking volunteers to help with the planting and clean up the park from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 1st.  Bags and gloves will be provided and we will be meeting in the parking lot behind AmeriCold Logistics, 6875 State St., Bettendorf.

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