BIRDS I HAVE KNOWN -- The Bird House Show benefiting Chicago Bird Collision Monitors

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.

Chicago Audubon Program: Namibia and Botswana: Where Deserts Come Alive. Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

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.

Birdathon! 2015 Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17

 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.

Eagle Optics Day. Saturday, April 18 Was a Huge Success!

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.

What to do if you see a Whooping Crane ~

whooping crane photo

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 For general information on the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, go to

A Few Things to Keep in Mind About Birdfeeders in the Winter--And All Year

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 Project: An initiative of the Bird Conservation Network

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.

Illinois Birds: A Century of Change

Book Review by Gail Goldberger



Illinois Birds: A Century of Change cover art

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.

CAS Wooded Island Birdwalks - Saturdays

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Dec 26 2015 .
Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 26, 2015 - 8:00am
Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of Museum of Science and Industry, in Chicago's Jackson Park.

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!

Skokie Lagoons workdays

Repeats every month on the second Saturday 12 times .
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Tower Road parking lot, east of the lagoon bridge.

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!


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