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The Champaign County Audubon Society (CCAS) began as a bird watching club in 1940 and became affiliated with the National Audubon Society in 1945. Today the group includes more than 500 members.

Our emphasis mirrors that of the national society, which includes conservation of all natural resources. Our mission is to promote interest, enjoyment and understanding through education about all aspects of our natural environment, and to actively encourage the protection of wildlife and the preservation and restoration of native habitat.

Membership in CCAS means being part of a thriving local group that is actively involved in
the study, enjoyment, and conservation of our native habitats.

We welcome your membership and invite your active participation!

CCAS brochure. Download and print to promote our chapter!

CCAS Activities
Meadowlark Messenger:
The CCAS newsletter is published eight times per year.

Website and Birdnotes email list:
These provide information about upcoming events, announcements, & bird sightings.

Monthly programs:
These programs feature conservation and natural history topics, and are held the first Thursday of the month at 7pm, Sept–Dec & Feb–May.

Sunday Morning Bird Walks:
Birders of all levels and ages are welcome to these walks held March–May & Sept–Oct. The Chapter has led these walks in Urbana’s Busey Woods since 1942.

Field Trips:
Field trips are offered throughout the year. Members often carpool.

Bird Counts:
CCAS members participate in several bird counts each year.


Support CCAS
Spring Bird-a-Thon:
Members obtain pledges from friends and neighbors, and try to see as many bird species as possible in one day. Funds are used for environmental projects.

Birdseed Sale:
A portion of the proceeds from our anual fall birdseed sale goes to support CCAS.

Audubon Nature Shop:

Located at the Anita Purves Nature Center in Urbana, this not-for-profit shop offers nature-related merchandise. CCAS members get a 10% discount. Proceeds support conservation and environmental education.

Members are invited to donate toward the Mini-grant and Audubon Adventures projects.


Special Projects
Habitats & Monitoring:
CCAS ‘adopts’ natural areas to support conservation efforts. These include: Meadowbrook Park in Urbana (adopted 1978), and the proposed CSX rail line trail (adopted 2008).

Dr. S. Charles Kendeigh Memorial Fund:
An ornithologist of international stature, Dr. Kendeigh was one of our founding members. CCAS provides grants for birdrelated research in his name. The RFP is posted each February, and is due in March.

Audubon Adventures:
These educational kits for elementary classrooms are offered each fall. The materials are developed by the National Audubon Society.

Mini-grants are available each year to educators in Champaign County.


Our members play an important role by volunteering their time in these committees:

Field Trip: Organizes field trips to exceptional birding locations.

Education and Program Committees: Plan programs for all ages and support educational efforts.

Habitat: Works to protect native habitats.

Conservation: Monitors legislative and administrative actions that affect the environment.

Newsletter and Publicity Committees: Handle the CCAS newsletter and other CCAS publicity.

Membership, Finance, and Hospitality Committees: Handle all those little, but essential, details.

Chapter Bylaws, updated March 2014

Photos courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2010 Champaign County Audubon Society • A chapter of the National Audubon Society