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.


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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