2014 Fall Gathering and 117th Annual Members Meeting

Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary

The Illinois Audubon Society's 2014 Fall Gathering and 117th Annual Members Meeting will be held September 20 in the Trutter Center located on the campus of Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois.

Optional field trips to Lincoln Memorial Garden, Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary (pictured on right) and Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Basic Registration Cost: $15
Additional charge if attending
Saturday Night Pizza Party: $5

Lincoln Land Community College
The 2014 meeting will be held in the Trutter Center, located in the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum.  The museum promotes discovery, education and an appreciation of a world heritage collection that honors cultural diversity. From the late 1950s through the mid 1970s, the Trutters traveled extensively throughout the world.  Both natives of Springfield, they bequeathed their extensive collection of art, artifacts and other cultural items to the College.  A generous stipend to establish a museum on the college's campus was also gifted.  The Trutter collection features fine art pieces, including signed prints by Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali, a world coin collection, unique Asian items, plus artifacts from the Etruscan and Egyptian areas. 

Fall Gathering and Annual Meeting Schedule 

Saturday, September 20
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Field trip to Lincoln Memorial Garden
9:30 a.m. Registration & Continental breakfast
10 a.m. Annual Members Meeting & Presentation of Awards
Noon Lunch followed by Board of Directors Meeting
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. "Greater Prairie-Chicken Recovery Project" overview & update by Bob Gillespie, Project Cooordinator, Illinois Natural History Survey
2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Field trip to Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary
6 p.m. Pizza Party at Baymont Inn & Suites

Sunday, September 21
7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Field trip to Oak Ridge Cemetery


Saturday, September 20 (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.)
Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Hike
Take an early morning guided tour of the trails at the Garden.  The 100-acre site features six miles of interconnected trails that wind through the Garden’s restored prairies, woodlands and wetlands. Trail surfaces are either wood-chipped or grass.

Saturday, September 20 (2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary
Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary is a private wildlife sanctuary located south of Loami, Illinois.  The field trip will be lead by Vern Lagesse, Executive Director, Friends of the Sangamon Valley.  Previous owners, Frank and Gladys Nipper, donated their farmland  25 years ago with a dream to see the property be restored to its original prairie and wetlands and serve as a wildlife sanctuary.  

Sunday, September 21 (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
Oak Ridge Cemetery Tour & Hike 

Since 1865, the cemetery has grown to be the largest Municipal cemetery in the state of Illinois with over 75,000 interments.  We will search for birds attracted to the 365 acres of beautiful rolling prairie land, thousands of hardwoods and conifers. Almost one million visitors enter the gates annually not only to pay respects to their deceased families and ancestors, but to also visit the final resting place and pay homage to our distinguished sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln.


Registration is now closed.


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