Thorn Creek Audubon Society (TCAS) promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of birds through educational events for adults and children. Their mission is to preserve, protect and restore wildlife habitat, and to create awareness of local conservation issues. TCAS is a National Audubon Society chapter that holds monthly meetings, conducts fieldtrips, Christmas and Spring bird counts and holds fundraising events throughout the year.
Audubon Chicago Region works to save wildlife and habitat, through creating a local culture of conservation. Along with a small staff, a cadre of citizen scientists, land stewards, and advocates collaborate to preserve, protect and restore 200,000 acres of land in the Chicago metropolitan area. This land encompasses many of the finest and largest tracts of native tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, woodland and wetland left in the Midwest.
The mission of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) is to acquire and hold lands with natural forests for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna, and scenic beauties within the district for the purpose of the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public.
Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 34,000 dedicated Civilians and Soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 90 countries worldwide. The Chicago District is responsible for water resources development in Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane, and Will counties in Illinois and Lake, Porter and a portion of LaPorte counties in Indiana. The district is involved in a variety of projects stemming from its primary mission areas of flood control, shoreline protection, navigation, environmental protection, and emergency management.
Audubon and Toyota launched the five-year TogetherGreen initiative in spring, 2008 to fund conservation projects, train environmental leaders, and offer volunteer and individual action opportunities that significantly benefit the environment. As of October, volunteer days have begun in 40, tallying in excess of 11,000 volunteer hours. Funding totaling $1.4 million was recently awarded to innovative conservation projects nationwide, while www.TogetherGreen.org helps users take individual conservation action and share and celebrate success stories. The TogetherGreen initiative and grants programs are funded by a $20 million Toyota gift to Audubon, the largest in the conservation group’s long history.
Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world.