Kane County Audubon History
In 1966 Mrs. Betty Dralle asked Illinois Audubon Society Extension Director Darlene Fisk how to start a local chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society.
The first field trip on
Kane County Audubon became the third chapter of the
The first officers were: Dr. Charles Jarvis, president, Evelyn Burnidge, V.P., Helen Ried, secretary, Carol Redeker, treasurer.
Succeeding presidents were Evelyn Burnidge, Betty Muirhead, Lee Cole, Betty Dralle, and George Biang. More recent presidents have been Bob Montgomery, Jack Pomatto, John Tilton, Bob Horlock, Roger Hotham, Chris Cudworth and our current president Bob Andrini.
Early meetings were held in homes and at
On March 9, 2011, the chapter began holding its monthly membership meetings in the new Hickory Knolls Discovery Center at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles.
Kane County Audubon members participate in many educational, research and citizen scientist projects such as the annual Illinois Spring Bird Count, which has been continuous for 35 years. Kane County Audubon puts 50 to 60 people in the field for up to 8 hours per team to count bird species and numbers. We count 140 to 160 species each year. The total number of species seen during the 33 years of counting is 240. This information is used by various agencies to observe changes in migration and populations.
As an indication that Kane County Audubon is a very active organization, Illinois Audubon Society has reported that KCA is the fastest growing chapter in the state.
(The preceding information was provided by Jerry Hope, Kane County Audubon historian)
This page last updated Tuesday February 15, 2011.
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