Calendar

Jan
23
Thu
Monty & Rose – The Story of a Pair of Endangered Piping Plovers @ Wilmette Theater
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Monty & Rose - The Story of a Pair of Endangered Piping Plovers @ Wilmette Theater | Wilmette | Illinois | United States

​”Monty and Rose” tells the story of a pair of endangered piping plovers that successfully nested at Chicago’s Montrose Beach in the summer of 2502019, the first of the species to nest in Chicago in 64 years. The short, independent documentary chronicles these special birds and an unpredictable series of events including a scheduled music festival that propelled the birds to national headlines. “Monty and Rose” features interviews with an array of key players in the story, including biologists, birders, volunteers and the advocates who spoke out when the music festival was proposed. “Monty and Rose” is an independent project, funded through the generous support of backers on Kickstarter. Partners in the project include Turnstone Strategies, Wenkus Productions, Free Spirit Media (Pat Nabong) and Eileen Wagner Design. Music is by local indie favorites Congress of Starlings.

The evening will also feature the premiere of a short film, “Postcards from Waukegan,” chronicling Monty & Rose’s first nesting attempt in Waukegan in 2018.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Bob Dolgan, Chicago Audubon Society President Judy Pollock and Tamima Itani, one of the lead organizers of the Plover Watch volunteer effort.

Feb
1
Sat
Before Fort Sheridan Was a Forest Preserve @ Dunn Museum
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am
Before Fort Sheridan Was a Forest Preserve @ Dunn Museum | Libertyville | Illinois | United States

SPECIAL OFF-SITE PROGRAM – Registration Required

With several years of preserve restoration nearing completion, learn about Fort Sheridan’s history, architecture, notable residents and more, complete with artifacts from the museum’s archives. Then stay to tour the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s new museum at 1899 West Winchester Rd., Libertyville. $8 per person at the door. Register at renabird3@gmail.com.

Feb
8
Sat
Taking Flight: A History of Birds & People in the Heart of America @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Feb 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

FREE but registration required

Email dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or call (815) 344-1294

Of Bogs & Books and the Friends of Volo Bog are delighted to team up with Lake-Cook Audubon & McHenry County Audubon to bring author Michael Edmonds to Volo Bog State Natural Area.

We hope you’ll want to join us! The afternoon talk is open to the public; the morning is for paid members of our sponsoring organizations.

 

Feb
18
Tue
The Future of Chicagoland’s Birds in a Changing Climate @ Heller Nature Center
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Future of Chicagoland’s Birds in a Changing Climate @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Warming temperatures, increasing precipitation and other climate changes are already impacting the flora and fauna of the upper Midwest.  The Field Museum’s Doug Stotz will discuss how these shifts are changing the timing of bird migration and breeding, the wintering and breeding range of birds in the Chicago region, the environmental factors influenced by climate to which birds may be responding, and strategies for helping nature adapt to climate change.

 

 

Mar
17
Tue
Going Bat-ty in Lake County @ Heller Nature Center
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Going Bat-ty in Lake County @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Lake County is home to eight species of bat. Andrew Rutter, Lake County Forest Preserve District wildlife ecologist, will introduce us to each species, their unique life history characteristics and ecological roles, LCFPD’s efforts conserve habitat for bats and other wildlife, and the Citizen Science Acoustic Bat Monitoring Program that is documenting the diversity and distribution of bat species in Illinois.

 

 

Apr
21
Tue
Nocturnal Pollinators: The Secret Life of Moths @ Heller Nature Center
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Pollination isn’t just a daytime activity. Recent research has revealed that moths do the job after dark. Krissa Skogen, conservation biologist and botanist at the Chicago Botanic Garden and adjunct professor at Northwestern University, will discuss the importance of nocturnal pollinators, highlighted by her own work watching hawkmoths flock to evening primroses that bloom at night in the western U.S. attracted by their color and scent. She will also explain the threats faced by ‘night shift’ pollinators, recent findings on the role of climate change and land use change on plant-pollinator interactions, and how individuals can give pollinators a helping hand in their own backyards.

 

 

May
1
Fri
2020 Vision on the River – Emiquon – Illinois Audubon Spring Gathering @ Details to come
May 1 – May 3 all-day
2020 Vision on the River - Emiquon - Illinois Audubon Spring Gathering @ Details to come | Illinois | United States

2020 Vision on the River
May 1-3, 2020
Illinois River Valley
Emiquon/Chautauqua Area

Details at Illinois Audubon as they are available.

May
19
Tue
The Comeback of Midwestern Sandhill Cranes @ Heller Nature Center
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Comeback of Midwestern Sandhill Cranes @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Sandhill Crane populations were dropping precipitously in Wisconsin 80 years ago, prompting naturalist Aldo Leopold to worry that they would soon disappear altogether. Today flocks of upwards of 10,000 birds converge on the Wisconsin River near the Aldo Leopold’s Shack each fall. That’s a large proportion of the cranes that now nest in Wisconsin. Stan Temple, retired University of Wisconsin-Madison professor, will review the birds’ remarkable recovery, describe their migratory behavior, and discuss some of the recent controversies, such as crane hunting, that have attended their new status as an abundant bird.Sand

 

 

Jun
16
Tue
Annual Potluck Dinner @ Heller Nature Center
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm
Annual Potluck Dinner @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

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 2020 – 2021 program & field trip year.

Bring a dish to share and personal bird stories to tell.

Not a cook? Store-bought is fine. Everything is welcome – small and large portions alike or bring a beverage.