Calendar

Jan
18
Tue
Winter Warriors: How Birds Survive the Elements @ Location To Be Determined
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Winter Warriors: How Birds Survive the Elements @ Location To Be Determined

Winter can be a trying time for birds, often combining extreme temperatures and increased snow cover with low food availability and increased energy demands. Despite these harsh conditions, many species of birds from your backyard to the Arctic tundra find amazing ways to persist throughout winter. Spencer Keyser, a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is studying the ecology of winter birds, will discuss some of the major ways birds survive winter weather from their physiology to behavior, and how citizen science can continue to inform us on how winter climate may shape the ranges of these amazing winter warriors.

ZOOM PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the free 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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Jan
22
Sat
Indoor Field Trip: Wings and Talons @ Wings and Talons
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm
Indoor Field Trip: Wings and Talons @ Wings and Talons | Itasca | Illinois | United States

Meet-and-greet the resident birds of prey at Wings and Talons, a nonprofit raptor education organization in Itasca. Highlights will include a Gyrfalcon – the largest falcon in the world and a rare sight in Illinois because ‘Gyrs’ reside in the High Arctic.

Limited participation; Lake Cook Chapter member priority. Registration required. Email renabird3@gmail.com to register.

Feb
15
Tue
Going Bat-ty in Lake County @ Location To Be Determined
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Going Bat-ty in Lake County @ Location To Be Determined | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Lake County is home to eight species of bat. Eric Ness, Lake County Forest Preserve District wildlife ecologist, will introduce us to each species, their unique life history characteristics and ecological roles, LCFPD’s efforts to 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.

ZOOM PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the free 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.

 

 

Mar
15
Tue
The New Canary in the Coal Mine: Bird Collections @ Location To Be Determined
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The New Canary in the Coal Mine: Bird Collections @ Location To Be Determined

In the 1960s, birds’ eggs in multiple museum collections were famously used to link declining raptor populations to the use of the pesticide DDT, based on patterns of eggshell thinning over time. Since then, bird collections have been used to illuminate issues ranging from overall bird health to the shifting of egg-laying dates in Midwestern birds, mercury accumulation in Ivory Gulls, air pollution in the Rust Belt, and differences in genetic bird structure that denote unique bird populations. John Bates, Curator of Birds at the Field Museum, will discuss how bird specimens are helping document change in ways the original collectors never imagined to help protect current and future populations.

Apr
19
Tue
Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge: A Work in Progress @ Location To Be Determined
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge: A Work in Progress @ Location To Be Determined

The Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area was established in 2016 after years of effort, following a land donation by the Friends of the Kankakee. Located 90 minutes south of Chicago, it was created to restore and preserve a unique ecosystem that spans rare remnant oak savanna, native prairie, natural intact wetlands and floodplain forest, including a remnant of the Grand Kankakee Marsh once known as the Everglades of the North. Today the refuge is still just 66 acres and in the early stages of development with much work to be done to protect and expand the habitat. Refuge manager Todd Boonstra will share the background, current status, and the area’s importance for wildlife including migrating and nesting birds.

ZOOM PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the free 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.

Apr
22
Fri
Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering
Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm
Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering @ Mundelein | Illinois | United States

Save the Date – April 22 -24, 2022.

Details to come at Illinois Audubon Society website.