Chicago Audubon is pleased to announce that our sister organization, Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM), will be participating in The Bird House Show, BIRDS I HAVE KNOWN, at the August House Studio located at 2113 West Roscoe in Chicago. Opening Reception is Saturday, April 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bird houses created and donated by CBCM volunteers and friends will be displayed and available for purchase with proceeds benefiting CBCM.
Location: North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D. Program begins at 7:30 p.m. (Socializing and refreshments at 7:00 p.m.) The abundant and amazing wildlife of the wide open expanses of southwestern Africa--which stretches across the countries of Namibia and Botswana--will all be presented by Josh Engel of the Field Museum.
The word Birdathon is a combining of the words birdwatching and marathon to describe a friendly sport which originated in England years ago. For the past fourteen years, the Chicago Audubon Society has held the Annual Dr. William S. Beecher Birdathon! Cup Challenge as one of our major fundraising events.* It involves teams of people competing to see how many different species of birds they can identify within a specified time limit.
Our annual Eagle Optics Day was held last Saturday 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 of a portion of all sales to Chicago Audubon.
Photo by Klaus Nigge. National Geographic
This is migration time … just a friendly reminder …
Please keep the following guidelines in mind if you sight one of these magnificent birds: The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership asks anyone who encounters a Whooping Crane in the wild to please give it the respect and distance it needs. Do not approach birds on foot within 600 feet, or if on a public road, do not approach within 300 feet. Please remain concealed and do not speak loudly enough that the bird can hear you. Finally, do not trespass on private property in an attempt to view them (or any other bird). Please do not report the bird on a birding list such as ibird or IBET or any social media. Also, do not report your sighting to the news media. To safely report a Whooping Crane sighting, go to fws.gov/midwest/whoopingcrane/sighting/sightingform.cfm. For general information on the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, go to www.bringbackthecranes.org/index.html.
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.
The Redstart Connection is a grassroots effort to unite the bird conservation communities of the Chicago region and the Guatemalan cloud forest - to help the birds that we each enjoy in different seasons. Although the cultures and the political landscape may be different, the basic problem of habitat loss is the same. For more information on this BCN initiative click here.
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!