2821 Ridge Rd
Highland Park, IL 60035
Two Piping Plovers successfully nested on Montrose Beach this past summer, marking the first hatching of this Great Lakes-endangered shorebird species in Chicago since 1955. Illinois Department of Natural Resources biologist Brad Semel will describe the human efforts behind the feat, from rain rescues to 150+ volunteer monitors who helped safeguard the birds as well as what happened to ‘Monty’ and Rose’ and their offspring. Volunteer coordinator Tamima Itani and several monitors will also share their experiences.