Calendar

Dec
1
Tue
It’s an Irruption Year: Winter Finches Are Here! @ Online - Zoom
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
It’s an Irruption Year: Winter Finches Are Here! @ Online - Zoom

It’s a winter finch irruption year for Illinois, with species like Common Redpolls, Red Crossbills, White-winged Crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks making rare local appearances as they travel farther south than usual because of poor cone and berry crops in Canada. Tyler Hoar, an Ontario biologist and ecologist who this year took over the Winter Finch Forecast from founder Ron Pittaway, will fill us in on the species we’re seeing and why they’re here.

Link to Zoom event is not public and is provided to email subscribers only.

Dec
15
Tue
On the Trail of Endemic Birds & Parasites in Amazonia’s Endangered Belém Region @ Online - Zoom
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
On the Trail of Endemic Birds & Parasites in Amazonia’s Endangered Belém Region @ Online - Zoom

Despite the rich bird life of the eastern Amazon basin, few birders have visited the Belém Area of Endemism in northeastern Brazil – one of at least eight regions in Amazonia with unique species found only in each of these respective areas. The Belém area is the most endangered of the eight, largely because of deforestation that has left just 24% of primary forest standing.

Jason Weckstein, associate curator of ornithology at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will take us on an armchair expedition to this very special location, where he co-led a research team several years ago when he was a staff scientist with the Field Museum. He’ll share an up-close-and-personal look at everything from daily life in the field to the area’s biodiversity, endemism patterns in the birds and associated parasites found there, and how the team’s findings are being used to advance our understanding of speciation, disease and parasite ecology, and conservation.

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.

Questions? Tech support BEFORE the event? Test drive? Please call Sonny Cohen (847) 971-1101. NO SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER 4PM ON THE DAY OF EVENT.

Jan
19
Tue
Beau’s Green Big Year @ Online - Zoom
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Beau’s Green Big Year @ Online - Zoom

As even non-birders know from The Big Year book and film, traditional Big Years involve driving and flying thousands of miles to see as many species as possible in a given geographical location in 365 days. For 2020, local birder Beau Schaefer decided to tackle a variation – a Green Big Year – to find as many species as he could in Lake County by biking, walking and kayaking – no driving allowed. By mid-June, he had passed the previous record of 238 species seen during a Green Big Year in Illinois. He will share stories, strategies and highlights from his year-long, no-fossil-fuel birding adventure.

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.

Questions? Tech support BEFORE the event? Test drive? Please call Sonny Cohen (847) 971-1101. NO SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER 4PM ON THE DAY OF EVENT.