Since recognizing its first communities in 2010 under the auspices of Milwaukee Audubon Society, Bird City Wisconsin has grown to 103 communities that take over 1,200 conservation and education actions every year to make Wisconsin’s communities healthy for birds as well as people. Program director Dr. Bryan Lenz will explain how cities join the program, share success stories, and discuss how other states are now adopting it as a model of conservation and education.
Here ducky ducky! Multi-stop driving trip begins at Diamond Lake in Mundelein. This is mostly a driving trip visiting various inland lakes in Lake County. Specific itinerary will be distributed at starting point based on prior day’s scouting observations. Binoculars mandatory. Bring a scope if you have one.
Note: This field trip has been rescheduled from Nov 11 to December 3 because duck migration has been impeded by the late seasonal change.
From Rt. 22, take Rt. 83 north to Diamond Lake Rd., turn right, drive ½ mile to Gale Street Inn parking lot on right.
SPECIAL OFF-SITE PROGRAM – MEMBER PRIORITY. 30 PERSON MAXIMUM
From stranded sea lions to endangered African penguins threatened by oil spills and marine animals endangered by single-use plastic, the Shedd Aquarium’s Response Team rescues and rehabilitates animals in danger. Tim Binder, the aquarium’s EVP of Animals, will discuss the team’s work. Limit 30. Member priority.
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In 2016, Cook County Forest Preserves sponsored a #BirdthePreserves initiative that unleashed hundreds of birders on more than 20 of the county’s forest preserve sites to see what they could find. Field Museum conservation ecologist Doug Stotz will discuss new information about birds in the Chicago area yielded by this effort, including new insights into distribution, abundance, migration timing and breeding.
17th annual Illinois Ornithological Society event.
Pre-registration required. Watch the Lake Cook Audubon email or visit www.illinoisbirds.org for details. Attendance is limited to first 150 registrants. Members of Illinois Ornithological Society get advance opportunity to register.
For the past 35 years, Ders Anderson has been restoring a 2½-acre property in McHenry County that was once home to a dairy farm. Over the years, the Openlands Greenways Director and Land Conservancy of McHenry County board member has planted and seeded the land with 150 native species including forbs, grasses, shrubs and trees – bringing back native prairie, wetland and savanna plus a rich array of wildlife. He will discuss his journey as well as the many surprises he encountered along the way.
Duck migration spectacle at Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area in Linton, IN.
Locally known as the Goose Pond and Bee Hunter Marsh, this 8,034-acre State Fish and Wildlife Area is located along SR 59 just south of Linton. Since 2005, it has grown to become one of the largest and most successful wetland restoration projects in the United States. This huge expanse of wetlands includes over 30 miles of earthen dikes, 1,400 acres of prairie, and nearly 4,000 acres of shallow water. Today, the area is becoming a significant destination for Midwestern birders and hunters; and home to many migrating bird species, attested by the impressive Sandhill Crane fly-in each spring, as well as many endangered species such as the Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Short-Eared Owl, Wilson’s Phalarope, King Rail, Sedge Wren, Henslow’s Sparrow, Whooping Crane, and American and Least Bitterns.
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Shrinking habitat is causing population declines among many grassland bird species in North America, but some are doing well in Illinois despite the odds. Grassland bird authority and Illinois Audubon Society Executive Director Jim Herkert will discuss what new research is showing about the conservation needs and approaches for five keystone species in the state: Henslow’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobolink, Dickcissel and Greater Prairie Chicken.
Our annual search for migrating loons and other waterfowl will begin at Diamond Lake in Mundelein and proceed to other lakes in the area. This is mostly a car driving field trip and not much walking for the entire morning. Bring a spotting scope if you have one.
From Rt. 22, take Rt. 83 north to Diamond Lake Rd., turn right, and drive ½ mile to the Gale Street Inn parking lot on the right.
Afternoon birding for waterfowl on Lake Glenview, dinner at Whole Foods, and American Woodcock watching at Air Station Prairie at dusk. Dress for ticks which are possible along the paths at Air Station Prairie.
For dinner we will gather at Whole Foods located near the corner of Willow and Waukegan Roads in the Willow Festival shopping center on the north side of Willow Road. Whole Foods has an extensive hot and cold prepared foods selection, a comfortable area to eat with seating for about 70 people and rest rooms.
Meet at Glenview Park District Park Center. Turn East from Patriot Blvd. Travel to the southeast corner of the development. You will see Lake Glenview and parking lot adjacent.
Join Red Hill Birding’s Josh Engel and five local birders, including Lake/Cook’s Rena and Sonny Cohen, as they revisit their 2016 trip to Namibia and Botswana – complete with 5-ft-tall bustards, hundreds of mammals at Etosha National Park, a hungry hippo joining the group for dinner, and video of the adventure.
‘Warbler Alley’ should be hopping with migrants.
Two separate field trips begin at 6:45AM and 7:15AM. You must register for the trip of your choice. Limit 18 per time slot. To register (required): email email@example.com
From Deerfield Rd., turn north on Riverwoods Rd., and turn into the Ryerson entrance on the left. Follow signs to Welcome Center parking lot.
Over two decades of studying and banding 15,000+ Prothonotary Warblers, Illinois Natural History Survey’s Jeff Hoover and his team have made some remarkable discoveries. He will share some of their findings – from surprising behaviors like birds moving away from “bad” sites and returning from their wintering grounds to breed close to where they were born, to life expectancy, lifetime reproductive success, and response to global climate change – and how they relate to the broader bird world.
New trip along newly restored preserve on the Des Plaines River Trail.
Entrance is on the south side of Dundee between Milwaukee Ave. and Portwine Rd. Drive to far south end of long parking lot.
Who’s migrating today? The Grove is a favorite spring stop with both land and water habitat. See warblers and other migrants up close and personal.
East side of Milwaukee Ave., south of Lake St. Follow the road into the preserve. Meet in the east parking lot by the Redfield Estate (this is the second parking lot).
Southwest Michigan Sojourn
Multi-day 2-night trip to southwest Michigan.
Cerulean, Yellow-throated, Hooded & Prothonatary Warblers & more. Details forthcoming.
Registation is required. Participation limits. Illinois Audubon Society members have priority.
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Members and non-members alike are invited to join us for our annual potluck dinner. This is a great opportunity to socialize, provide feedback on our year of programs and field trips. Also enjoy a sneak preview of what’s on tap for our Chapter’s 2018 – 2019 program & field trip year.
Bring a dish to share, personal bird stories to tell, and gently used bird and nature books to sell.
Not a cook? Store-bought is fine. Everything is welcome – small and large portions alike or bring a beverage.