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


FEBRUARY 20, 2020


presented by Mark Spreyer, Executive Director of Stillman Nature Center

To some people, owls are symbols of wisdom but to others their hoots are harbingers of death and doom. Join award-winning naturalist Mark Spreyer as he reveals the truth about many of our North American owls and other raptors. Owls' amazing hunting adaptations are explained. Special feathered guests illustrate just who's who!

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Mark Spreyer holding a Great Horned Owl

Mark Spreyer did his graduate work in Minnesota on great gray owls and then went on to organize and direct Chicago's peregrine falcon release program. Under his leadership, Chicago hosted the first nest of peregrines in Illinois in 37 years. In 1989, he returned to Minnesota where he worked with the Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge and other conservation organizations. In 1995, after completing work on a raptor exhibit with the Science Museum of Minnesota, Mark migrated back to Illinois to become Executive Director of the Stillman Nature Center in Barrington.

During his career, Mark has also worked with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, National Audubon Society, and Chicago Academy of Sciences plus he has taught courses for the College of Lake County and Northeastern Illinois University. Currently, Mark writes a nature column for the Daily Herald. Mark also came out with a book of nature essays titled Natural Digressions. It covers everything from wildflowers to owls, with a heaping dose of Mark's humor!

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

Please click here for information on our upcoming meeting schedule.

Interested in information regarding the Palatine Prairie?

Click on the link for info on visiting or assisting us in maintaining this special piece of land.

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:

Click here to view our PWA Facebook page!

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