ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS BANQUET & Annual Members Meeting, White Eagle Restaurant, Niles

The White Eagle Restaurant, 6839 N Milwaukee Road, Niles
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 5:00pm

Chicago Audubon's Biennial Environmental Awards Banquet

and Annual Members Meeting

 Saturday, March 23, 2019

Location:  White Eagle Events & Convention Center

6839 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles



~ $40 for Dinner and entire evening events ~

 ($5 to attend Awards and Program only. Arrive at 7:30 p.m.)

5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Social Time (Cash bar available all evening)

6:00 p.m. Family style Dinner (Chicken, fish, and a number of vegetarian choiceswill be served at each table)

All Chicago Audubon Society (CAS) members are encouraged to join us as we honor people and organizations who have made valuable contributions to conservation, the protection of migratory birds and other wildlife, and have helped to conserve, preserve and enhance the varied habitats and open spaces of the greater Chicago region.

The 2019 Chicago Audubon Environmental Award Recipients:


The Craig Stettner Award for Environmental Education:

 Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, President, Moraine Valley Community College


Excellence in Environmental Reporting – Broadcast:

Jerome McDonnell, WBEZ “Worldview”


Protector of the Environment – Political Advocacy:

Friends of the Forest Preserve


Protector of the Environment – Single Act, Individual:

Jerry Goldner, CAS Photo Contest, Facebook group and page administrator


Protector of the Environment – Avocation:

Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman, Stewards, Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary, Evanston

Ted Jindrich and Alycia Kluenenberg, Stewards, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago


Protector of the Environment – Vocation:

Howard A. Learner, Environmental Law and Policy Center


Protector of the Environment – Group:

Orland Grasslands Stewards and Volunteers


First Friend of Chicago Audubon:

Pat Durkin, Wooded Island/Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary Bird Walks


Service to Chicago Area Birders:

Greg Neise, Web Developer, American Birding Association; Administrator, Illinois Facebook Birding Groups; Illinois Birder’s Forum founder


Young Environmentalist:

Oliver Burrus, Whimbrel Birders Club


Following dinner and the Presentation of Awards, a brief CAS annual Members meeting and board member election will be convened.  

The program for the evening will be presented by Mr. Jerome McDonnell host of WBEZ Worldview: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Birds." Jerome will talk about his own development as a nature lover and changing philosophy about covering environmental topics. He will also share his perspective on advocacy work from his years of radio conversations.

The last day to register is March 20.


Chicago Audubon Bird Walk, Brezina Woods, Westchester

Chicago Audubon Bird Walk

Brezina Woods, Westchester

Wednesday, March 27, 8:00 a.m.

Visit an under-birded forest preserve that can be very productive during migration. We’ll look for remnant wintering species and early spring migrants, possibly Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Eastern Phoebes, Kinglets, Fox Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Be prepared for muddy conditions. Park at the easternmost end of the parking area, east side of Mannheim Rd. between Cermak and 31st. Entrance is just south of the bridge over Salt Creek. Leader: Doug Stotz ([email protected]).

(Brezina Woods Bird Walks will continue on the 4th Wednesday of the month

through November, except June.)


New booklet! Partnering for Birds

Chicago Audubon Society has partnered with the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Bird Conservation Network to produce a booklet about Bird Conservation in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.  Maps of birds of concern, best practices, success stories, resources and more.  This book is intended for use by bird monitors, stewards, land managers, researchers, birders, journalists and conservationists. Download the PDF here.


Chicago Audubon Society Strategic Plan 2019-2020

All communities in our region understand, value and protect birds, other wildlife and habitat.

Chicago Audubon Society connects people with birds and nature through educational programming, field trips, advocacy, stewardship and research.

Problem-solving, collaborative, science-based, welcoming, inclusive, enthusiastic about learning and teaching about birds and nature.

Long Term Outcomes
All our diverse communities have access to habitats that support birds.
All our diverse communities have access to educational experiences that foster an understanding of bird biology, identification and conservation.
All our diverse communities engage in activities that promote bird welfare and healthy habitat.
Diverse habitats in the CAS region support stable or increasing populations of nesting and migrating birds.
Public policies exist that reduce threats and protect habitat.

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Bird-friendly Coffee Found in Chicago-area Stores Jan ’19

Buying shade grown coffee means you are financially rewarding the farmers who have chosen to preserve forests and bird habitats by growing their coffee under the tree canopy, rather than clearcutting vegetation to grow coffee in full sun. Many of our migrants winter on coffee plantations.

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center certified Bird Friendlymeans that beans were grown 100% organically with a variety of native shade trees. Criteria include a canopy at least 12m high with the dominant tree species being native, minimum 40% shade cover, and at least 2 layers of vegetation made up of at least 10 woody species. This certification has the most robust shade/habitat standards of any certification.

The Rainforest Alliance is an NGO with programs in several areas that promote standards for sustainability. Their sustainable agriculture program certifies many crops, including coffee. It covers a number of ecological issues as well as community relations and fair treatment of workers. There are no criteria for shade management. Criterion is for native vegetation coverand is not required for six years, perhaps longer. Therefore it is important to note that Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee may or may not be shade grown. There is no organic requirement.

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