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Monthly Membership Meetings

Quad City Audubon Society holds monthly membership meetings from September through May, on the second Thursday of the month beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, 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, birds. Birding presentations span the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic, with stops in the tropics, and the Midwest.

Monthly meetings will be on the second Thursday: March 12, April 9, May 14, September 10, October 8 and December 10 of 2020 at 7:00 pm, Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL.

May 9th, 2020, Saturday. Illinois Spring Bird Count. Join us for this annual survey of spring birds in our area. We need volunteers in Rock Island and Mercer County, Illinois to cover field parties. Contact Tim Murphy to participate: 309-764-9779.

May 9, 2020, Saturday -  Global Big Day.  Look for birds and report what you see - in your backyard, neighborhood, or favorite spots - then share your list with ebird.  For more information, check out this web site.

June 6th, 2020, 7:00 a.m., Saturday -  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE:  Field Trip, Illiniwek Forest Preserve, Hampton, Illinois, and Dorrance Park, Port Byron, Illinois. Meet on the bluff side of Illiniwek Park for this half day field trip. We will be practicing social distancing while looking for resident birds and late migrants.  We will be driving our own vehicles between Illiniwek and Dorrance Parks.

September 10th, 2020, 7:00 p.m., Thursday - Membership Meeting, The Butterworth Center. Local environmental advocate Lori O’Dell McCollum will present “The Climate Crisis: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.”

September 20th, 2020, 7:30 a.m., Sunday - Field Trip, Illiniwek and Dorrance Park. We’ll be on the lookout for fall warblers and early migrants on this half day field trip. Meet at the east side of Route 84 at the south parking area of Illiniwek Forest Preserve. For further information, contact Tim Murphy 309-764-9779.

October 8th, 2020, 7:00 p.m., Thursday - Membership Meeting, The Butterworth Center. Our speaker this month is Quad City Audubon Board Member, Dr. Brian Peer of Western Illinois University. His program is titled “Prothonotary Warbler: Jewel of the Quad City Swamps.” He will share information from research he and his students have been conducting on these beautiful birds in the Quad Cities area.

October 10th, 2020, 8:00 a.m., Saturday - Field Trip, Crow Creek Park (4701 Devils Glen Road), Bettendorf. We’ll be looking for late fall warblers and early winter residents on this half day field trip. Meet at the Quarry Parking Lot.

November 2, 2020,  8:00 a.m., Monday - Event: Hurstville Interpretive Center is hosting a workshop on Building Better Birders. Advance registration is requested. Kelly McKay, Brian Ritter, and Mark Roberts will present material on waterfowl and will guide a field trip to the Green Island Wildlife Management area. Find more information here.

November 15th, 2020, 7:00 a.m., Sunday - Field Trip, Lock and Dam 13. This is a field trip to focus on migrating waterfowl with an emphasis on the Mississippi River from Lock and Dam 13 to Savanna, Illinois. Meet at Brothers Restaurant (1718 2nd Avenue, Rapids City, Illinois) for carpooling/caravan.

December 10th, 2020, 7:00 p.m., Thursday - Membership Meeting, The Butterworth Center. Our speaker will be our club's president, Jody Millar, who will share her knowledge on Bald Eagles. Following the program, will be our annual Pie Night, with a few changes: there will be a one-way line into the kitchen where the pie will be served, and seating will be at new small tables in three rooms to provide social distancing. If you are able, please bring your favorite pie to share.

An archive of monthly membership meetings, field trips and special events from past years can be viewed here: Calendar Archives

Acknowledgment: photo by Ken Carnes 


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:

Field Trip, Saturday, February 13th, 2021 - Smith's Island, Lock and Dam 14 near Le Claire, Iowa. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the parking lot at Lock and Dam 14 (Iowa side). 3 hour field trip to view gulls, eagles, waterfowl and winter passerines. Contact Tim Murphy for further information: 309-764-9779.

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.

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 Mutphy: 309-764-9779.

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