Calendar

Oct
18
Tue
The Wonders & Challenges of Bird Migration with Scott Weidensaul @ Zoom Online
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Wonders & Challenges of Bird Migration with Scott Weidensaul @ Zoom Online

In the past 20 years we have come to understand the navigational and physiological feats enabling migratory birds to cross immense oceans, forgo sleep for days or weeks, or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch. A 6” sandpiper weighing less than an ounce flies 3,300 miles nonstop for six days from the Canadian subarctic to northern South America — the equivalent of 126 consecutive marathons with no food, water or a moment’s rest, using the earth’s magnetic field for navigation. Yet migration is increasingly fragile on this ever-more-altered planet. Naturalist, field researcher, author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Scott Weidensaul joins us to discuss his latest book, A World on the Wing, a celebration of global bird migration, the science that underpins it, and efforts to preserve global migratory patterns in the face of climate change and other looming challenges.

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The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event. You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.
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Nov
1
Tue
The Magic Stump @ Zoom Online
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm
The Magic Stump @ Zoom Online

In a typical farm field in central Illinois stands a large tree stump that is unremarkable in and of itself. Over the years, however, this remnant of a bygone era has consistently been host to numerous unusual birds, including Prairie Falcons that rarely appear in the state. No one really knows why. Now a new documentary from the makers of “Monty and Rose” aims to tell the story of the Magic Stump, the birder endeavoring to uncover its secrets, and the plight of raptors that winter in our highly altered agricultural landscape.

Join from the comfort of your home as we view the 20-minute film and have a post-film discussion with the filmmaker Bob Dolgan. Bring your dinner, your drinks and your questions!

Nov
15
Tue
15 Ways to Use eBird @ Zoom Online
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm

ebirdYou may use eBird to record your bird sightings, but there’s much more you can do with the program. Want to know the species you can find on your next trip? The best time of year to look for an American Bittern? Whether you’re really seeing fewer warblers this May than last? Where to find a Spoon-billed Sandpiper? This presentation from local birder Beau Schaefer will turn you into a power eBird user. (Feel free to log on to your favorite device for a hands-on lesson!)

 

 

ONLINE PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event. You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.
Download the Zoom Client for Meetings here.

Jan
17
Tue
The Rise and Fall of the Rosy-Finches: A Climate Change Story @ Zoom Online
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Rise and Fall of the Rosy-Finches: A Climate Change Story @ Zoom Online

Rosy-finches are high elevation and high latitude specialist birds that are found broadly across western North America. Research has demonstrated that human-induced climate change is more extreme in high latitude and high altitude environments. The rapid changes occurring across the ranges of the three North American rosy-finch species have led to their listing as species of conservation concern. Garth Spellman, Curator of Ornithology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will discuss recent collaborative research efforts to understand the origin and life history of these enigmatic species, and work aimed at understanding how the birds are responding to climate change from the genetic level to the landscape level.

ONLINE PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event. You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.
Download the Zoom Client for Meetings here.

Feb
21
Tue
Saving Chicago’s Oak Trees @ Zoom Online
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm
Saving Chicago’s Oak Trees @ Zoom Online

Oaks are a keystone species critical to ecosystem health including bird survival, but the Chicago region’s oak trees have suffered massive declines both in savanna ecosystems and on residential streets. The Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan is a region-wide effort by government agencies, nonprofit organizations and volunteers to conserve oaks, protect them from growing pressures, and restore their ecosystems. Brandon Hayes, coordinator of the plan’s working group and founder/principal at Bold Bison Communications and Consulting, will join us to discuss why oaks have disappeared from the landscape, why they are important for birds, the details of the recovery plan, and how homeowners and community members can get involved.

Mar
21
Tue
Black Tern Conservation in the Great Lakes @ Zoom Online
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm
Black Tern Conservation in the Great Lakes @ Zoom Online

The Black Tern is one of the most rapidly declining wetland birds in the Great Lakes region. Breeding populations have likely been completely lost in Indiana and Ohio, and this species is on the brink in Illinois.

Stephanie Beilke, Senior Manager, Conservation Science for Audubon Great Lakes, will discuss efforts to restore breeding populations in the region, including monitoring work at the largest regional colony in St. Clair Flats, Michigan, and examine what we’ve learned about the threats this species faces. In addition, she will explore recent results from a tracking study that was the first to chart the migratory journeys of juvenile Black Terns.

Apr
18
Tue
Before Monty and Rose: 22 Years of Restoration at Montrose Beach Dunes @ Zoom Online
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm
Before Monty and Rose: 22 Years of Restoration at Montrose Beach Dunes @ Zoom Online

Join longtime steward Leslie Borns for a history of the Montrose Beach Dunes, the state-designated natural area on Chicago’s lakefront that she founded 22 years ago.  Borns will explain how the site evolved from mostly bare beach into the highest quality, most biodiverse ecosystem in the Chicago Park District system, hosting 28 state-listed plant species and hundreds of bird species. Borns also developed a stewardship base of almost 1,000 volunteers including politicians and agency staff from around the region, whose dedication and advocacy ensured the site’s protection and maintained its pristine state.  The evening will also include a special homage to the dunes’ most famous avian visitors, the endangered Great Lakes Piping Plover pair Monty and Rose and their offspring.