About Chicago Audubon Society

Chicago Audubon Society Mission and History

Founded in 1971, the Chicago Audubon Society’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of nature, and to aid in the conservation and restoration of our natural ecosystems for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biodiversity. Chicago Audubon carries out its mission through a combination of education, stewardship and research programs, supported by fundraising efforts designed to further involve Chicago Audubon Society members in their favorite pastime, observing and studying birds and other wildlife.

Since its inception, CAS has led education campaigns, conducted research programs, provided stewardship to enhance birding opportunities and habitat for birds and other wildlife, and catalyzed the development of new networks, bird counts, monitoring activities, conferences, publications and award ceremonies. This multitude of activities and programming all ultimately aim at expanding the constituency that appreciates nature, to provide critical management information to local, regional and state planning and legislative bodies, and to promote conservation of valuable habitat and wildlife.

From helping beginners learn basic birding techniques to helping create the Illinois Breeding Bird Atlas to bi-annually honoring the stewards who do the hard work of saving and restoring nature, the Chicago Audubon Society has been one of the most important conservation leaders in this region.

Chicago Audubon Compass Publication

The Compass is the official publication of the Chicago Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society. The Chicago Audubon Society, an Illinois non-profit corporation, has been granted tax-exempt status by the federal government. The Compass and the Chicago Audubon Society are not responsible for the accuracy of all information published or for opinions expressed in this publication.

Compass (ISSN 1097-7899) is published bi-monthly by the Chicago Audubon Society, 5801-C N. Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60646-6057. Distributed to membership ($5 allotted from dues). Periodicals postage paid at Chicago, IL.

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Compass, c/o Chicago Audubon Society
5801-C N. Pulaski
Chicago, IL 60646-6057

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Presidents of the Chicago Audubon Society

1971-1976: R. Sethuraman
1976-1978: Samuel W. Kipnis
1979-1982: Marjorie B. Molyneaux
1982-1986: Austin L. Wyman, Jr.
1986-1990: Douglas Anderson
1990-1992: Austin L. Wyman, Jr.
1992-1996: Al Rothenbach
1996-1998: Alan Anderson
1998-2000: Jerry Garden
2000-2004: Christine Lee
2004-2008: Joe Lill
2008-2010: Christine Van Wassenhove
2010-2014: Roger Shamley
2014-present: David Willard