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Bremer Membership Campaign Underway


The Stewards of Bremer Sanctuary are surprised at the number of hikers, picnickers, photographers and families that have taken advantage of our beautiful grounds in this past year. Our trail monitoring system tells us that our trails held more walkers, joggers, nature enthusiasts and families pushing strollers or pulling wagons than in past years. Local photographers can always find the perfect spot for family photos in any season. The sanctuary takes pride in their pristinely mowed trails and boasts about our two viewing platforms, covered foot bridge and shady picnic pavilion. Many acres of prairie wildflowers and quiet woodlands are only part of our on-going restoration projects which provide a remarkable habitat for wildlife. Programs, educational workshops and events are currently being planned for 2024.
The H & B Bremer Wildlife Sanctuary was donated in 1977 to the Illinois Audubon Society, a not-for- profit organization, by sisters Helen & Betty Bremer. Our chapter, Hickory Hills, was formed in 1980 and is funded solely through budgeted items submitted to IAS, grants, donations, memberships and volunteer efforts.
The 203-acre sanctuary is open to the public from dawn till dusk, 365 days a year, and while we don’t require membership to enjoy our property, if you appreciate all our hard work, why not join to support our efforts? We offer two types of membership, Illinois Audubon Society and a “Friend of Bremer”. The Illinois
Audubon Society was organized as an independent, statewide, educational and scientific organization, incorporated April 10, 1897 by the State of Illinois. They are the oldest nonprofit, conservation organization in
Illinois. Our mission is “to promote the perpetuation and appreciation of native flora and fauna of Illinois and the habitats that support them.”
A basic Illinois Audubon Society membership starts at $25 per year and you can designate Hickory Hills Chapter for an additional $10.00, that way you will also receive all of Bremer newsletters and event invitations.
IAS Members will receive quarterly issues of Illinois Audubon magazine and invitations to many statewide field trips. Dues are paid directly to Illinois Audubon and dues reminders are mailed from them as well. You may find membership information on the Illinois Audubon website,
 A “Friend of Bremer” is a membership to receive all of the sanctuary’s e-versions of our quarterly newsletter, invitations to our events and programs. A “Friend” is not eligible to hold an office or have voting
power in the chapter. A fee of $10.00 is due each January and should be sent to: Hickory Hills Chapter, P.O.
Box 395, Hillsboro, IL 62049. Please provide an email with payment in order to receive correspondence. Bremer Sanctuary is located one-half mile north of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Hillsboro,  Illinois.  194 Bremer Lane, Hillsboro, IL is the physical address, (we do not accept mail with this address, please use P. O. Box 395, Hillsboro).  The sanctuary is owned by the Illinois Audubon Society and operated by the volunteers of Bremer.   We are always looking for new volunteers to assist in various aspects at the sanctuary and donations are welcome! You can contact us by messaging our Facebook page; Bremer Sanctuary, Hickory Hills Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society or our website at