Prairie Woods Audubon Society

The aim of the Audubon Society, as a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is to conserve the environment, preserve wildlife and natural habitats, and provide opportunities for education, nature appreciation, and fellowship.

Prairie Woods Audubon meeting information:

  • Location: Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg, IL
  • Dates: Third Thursday of the month -- September-November; February-May
  • Time: 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm Social Time 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm Meeting and Program


october 17, 2019



presented by Lizzie Condon of the International Crane Foundation (ICF)

The story of Whooping Crane conservation is dramatic. In this talk Lizzie will give a brief overview of the history of Whooping Crane populations and human efforts to bring this species back from the brink of extinction. This will include an update on the Eastern Migratory Population reintroduction project, which has gone through many changes in recent years. She will also talk about the International Crane Foundation’s ongoing research efforts and how the International Crane Foundation applies scientific knowledge to provide working conservation solutions. Recent research at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin has shed more light on why this flock has not yet become self-sustaining and pointed to new management actions.

Lizzie Condon grew up in Glenview, Illinois and received her degree in biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed her master’s degree at University of Minnesota. While Lizzie enjoys outreach and education work, she also has a background in ornithological field work. She has participated in research studies in six states and in Brazil, and her master’s project focused on diversity and abundance of Neotropical migrant songbirds at urban stopover sites. Lizzie now works for the International Crane Foundation (ICF) as their Whooping Crane outreach coordinator. Through partnerships, media outreach and education, Lizzie hopes to help make Whooping Cranes feel welcome in communities that share their landscape. In 2017, Lizzie accepted an award for the Whooping Crane Outreach Program on behalf of ICF from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. ICF provides knowledge, leadership, and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their diverse landscapes. Please visit to learn more.

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A Whooping Crane pair. These two birds were raised in captivity and released into the wild using the International Crane Foundation’s innovative costume rearing technique. They are now monitored and tracked as part of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership’s efforts to establish a migratory Whooping Crane population in the eastern United States. Photo by Ted Thousand.

Prairie Woods Audubon holds its monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

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Palatine Prairie Information

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization voluntarily affiliated with the National Audubon Society. We are registered & file with the IRS, the State of IL & the Attorney General's Office yearly as prescribed by law.

What We Do:

1. We help maintain a 6.5 acre high quality prairie in Palatine IL.

2. Hold field trips such as birding and nature activities.

3. Support area conservation education/activism, implement & teach habitat conservation, and award grants to area groups from youths to senior citizens.

4. Hold monthly membership meetings from Sept.- June. No meetings are held in Dec. & Jan. Topics include birding, conservation, science and more!

5. Presentations and meet-ups are always open to the public. Refreshments served. Always FREE!

6. For info, questions or media contact please call us or leave a message at:

Our Phone: (847) 485-9695 Our e-Mail:

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