The program, Climate Change and Birds in the Chicago Area, will be presented by Doug Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist of the Field Museum: Over the past several decades the flora and fauna of the upper Midwest have begun responding to increases in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. This presentation will focus on how climate change affects the timing of migration and breeding and what additional changes are expected in the wintering and breeding range of birds in the Chicago region. The full spectrum of environmental factors to which birds may be responding will be covered—and which of these factors may be the most important to plan for in the future. Light refreshments and socializing at 7:00 p.m. The presentation begins at 7:30. Chicago Audubon programs are always open to the public. Membership is not required. Bring family and friends to join us for this important program. We look forward to seeing you there.
It's time for our yearly sale of bird seed! As you may know, the seed that you purchase through Chicago Audubon's Annual Seed Sale is much higher in quality than the seed available at grocery, pet, or discount stores. Also, forty percent of the total purchase price is tax deductible. This higher quality seed is excellent for the birds, and the proceeds from the Sale are a very important source of support for our ongoing educational efforts and projects. If you have never ordered seed this way before, please consider joining us this year—it’s great for the birds!
You may view the product list and place an order by clicking here. This form can be used for either credit card orders or it can be printed out to mail in with your check. In either case, be sure to fill in all the contact information required and to indicate your choice of pickup location. If you prefer to pay by check, print out the form that appears when you click on the link and fill in all the information (but not the card information) and mail the printed form and your check to: Chicago Audubon Society, 5801-C North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60646. If you prefer, you can place your order over the phone with a credit card by calling the office at (773) 539-6793. If you are connected to voice mail when you call, leave a message with your name and phone number (only) and the Administrator will return your call as soon as possible.
Dates to remember: Deadline for Ordering is Monday, October 19; Pickup day is November 14 between 9:00 a.m. and Noon. Please be sure to indicate your choice of pickup locations on the order form:
The Nature House/Erva Tool at 3100 W Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60622 OR Good Earth Greenhouse & Café at 7900 W Madison St River Forest, IL 60305.
Birdathon! 2015 was great fun! Here is how it worked this year: Birdathon teams combed Cook County (or Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane or Will) on the specified dates. This year those dates were Saturday, May 16 or Sunday, May 17 (or both if you had the energy). The teams identified as many species as they could within one day within the county of their choosing. This year the team Fields Flickers identified the most species (156) in the designated time period and will gain possession, for one year, of the coveted Beecher Cup.*
Our annual Eagle Optics Day was held in April at North Park Village Nature Center and a good time was had by all! Once again, we thank the Eagle Optics experts for their willingness to answer questions and give guidance about optic equipment of all kinds. We thank them for their generous donation to Chicago Audubon of a portion of all sales.
Feeder Placement for Reducing Window Strikes—Placement of feeders within three feet of a window or more than 30 feet away from a window are the safest positions. When feeders are close to a window, a bird leaving the feeder cannot gain enough momentum to do itself harm if it strikes the window.
Book Review by Gail Goldberger
A CENTURY OF CHANGE
ILLINOIS BIRDS: A CENTURY OF CHANGE
is published by the Illinois Natural History
Survey Special Publication 31, 2010, and
can be found at
Commissioned by the Illinois Natural History Survey, data compiled from bird counts at three fifty-year intervals, and repeated at the same locations, make up the oldest standardized survey in the nation.
Chicago's Jackson Park.
Every Saturday at 8:00 a.m.
These wonderful walks continue throughout the year. Bring binoculars, field guides, and dress for the weather. Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of Museum of Science and Industry. To read a Chicago Tribune article on Wooded Island by Barbara Brotman from September 5, 2012, click here!
10:00 a.m. every second Saturday of the month.
These workdays are continuous throughout the year.
The Chicago Audubon Society sponsors regular monthly workdays at Skokie Lagoons every second Saturday of the month. Activities include buckthorn cutting, brush pile burning, and other management activities. Wear work clothes. Meet at the Tower Road parking lot, east of the lagoon bridge. For further information, please call Dave Kosnik at (847) 456-6368. Everyone is welcome!
Ian Cheney’s 2011 award winning documentary – The City Dark – gives audiences an appreciation of what is being lost as we live in a world that is increasingly filled with light pollution. Besides no longer being able to enjoy stars in a night sky or inquire about the cosmos by peering deep into space – there are real dangers to human health and the well-being of the planet when we live in a 24-hour light cycle.
Migratory birds fatally attracted to urban lighting, baby turtles disoriented and confused by beach front lights are all victims of the rapid introduction of excessive outdoor lighting that has occurred in just the last generation. Changing light in the environment is altering habitat in a way that is not good for nature and humans.
National Audubon, among other organizations, co-sponsors Delta Dispatches, an online newsletter that keeps us abreast of current environmental updates regarding Coastal Louisiana. This website is a great resource for the latest information on the region: www.mississippiriverdelta.org/