Our eleventh biennial Birding America symposium will take place on Saturday, March 19, at North Park University in Chicago. This exciting all-day event will be filled with an amazing array of programs presented by experts who will cover topics ranging from local, to national, to international birding areas. You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to attend, and birders of all levels are encouraged to sign up for this exciting collection of programs.
To register for this event online using a credit card, click here (this online registration form includes the same complete list of speakers and their topics as shown below). (To download and print out a map of the North Park University campus and driving directions, click here.) If you prefer to pay by check, you can download a printable registration form to fill out and send in by clicking here. Our mailing address is on the form. Please note that the printable form asks for your choices of sessions that you are most likely to attend. Please refer to the list of sessions below to make your choices on the printed form, and then circle them on the printed form. This will help us plan room assignments for each session. Also, on the printed form, if you would like to order lunch ($10), please be sure to indicate your choice of sandwich. Thank you for your assistance.
A third option for registering is to call our office (773-539-6793) and give the Office Administrator your card information over the phone. Before calling, please be sure to have made your choice of sessions you are most likely to attend (and choice of sandwich).
Birding America Vendor Tables: If you would like to display information about your organization and its purpose at this all-day symposium, we can supply 6-foot folding tables and two chairs per table in the most heavily trafficked area near the central registration/sign-in arena. The charge is $50 per table for non-profit organizations and $100 per table for profit-making organizations. We welcome the full range of possibilities for these displays, whether you represent an organization, or are a photographer, or a gardener, or many other possibilities. This will be a great opportunity to reach out to people who are deeply concerned with birds, wildlife, the environment and all other issues concerning ecology. For further details and to answer any questions, please call our office at 773-539-6793. If you reach voice mail, please leave your contact information.
Schedule of Sessions for Birding America XI:
8:15-9:00 a.m. - Refreshments and Sign-in for Pre-registered and for Walk-in Registration.
--Keynote Speaker (In Lecture Hall Auditorium): Kevin McGowan, Ph.D., Project Manager, Distance Learning Bird Biology of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will present Social Behavior of Birds. To Know the Crow: Surprising Findings from Over a Quarter Century of Studying Crows.
a) Beau Schaefer, Avid Lake County Lister, Big Day Birder, Biology Teacher: Birding the Chain O Lakes State Park, Lake County, Illinois.
b) Wendy Paulson, Birder, Conservationist, Teacher: Birding Central Park, New York City.
c) Peter Kasper, Bird Site Monitor, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Physicist: Birds of Australia.
d) Sheryl DeVore, Chicago Audubon Board Member and author Birds of Illinois: Bird Song Primer: Why Birds Sing and How to Recognize Their Melodies and Calls.
e) Doug Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist, Bird Division, Field Museum: Birding the Hennepin Wetlands and Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge of Illinois.
f) Sam Burckhardt, Chicago Ornithological Society: Birding Eastern Michigan; Kirtland’s Warbler nesting areas.
g) Glyn Dawson, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago: Top Birding Spots in the UK.
h) Kevin McGowan: A talk about birds in New York State—A Dynamic History of the Birds of New York, looking at the change in bird distributions over the last 200 years, including the dramatic changes described in his book, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of New York State.
i) Bob Fisher and Vicky Sroczynski, Bird Conservation Network, and DuPage Birding Club: Waterfall Glen and Greene Valley, Two Bird Diversity Hot Spots of DuPage County, Illinois.
j) Vince Cavalieri, Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife: The Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Project.
k) Mary Lou Mellon, Past President, Bird Conservation Network: Birding the Seychelles Islands, a Tropical Paradise in the Indian Ocean.
l) Amar Ayyash, Math Teacher; Board of Directors-Illinois Ornithological Society; Gull website anythinglarus.com: Gull ID in the Great Lakes Region.
m) Brad Bumgardner, Park Interpretive Naturalist, Indiana Dunes State Park: Birding the Indiana Dunes and other Indiana Lakeshore Locations.
n) Nicholas Lund, National Parks Conservation Association; Senior Manager, Landscape Conservation Program: Birding in the National Parks.
o) Josh Engel, Field Museum and Tropical Birding Tours: Birding Under Buddha's Gaze in the Mountains of Bhutan.
p) Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz, authors of The Midwestern Native Garden ... : Creating Bird and Butterfly Friendly Backyards and Gardens with Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants.
--Closing Speaker (In Lecture Hall Auditorium): Joel Greenberg, Research Associate, Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum will present Of Birds and Murder: The Life of Nathan Leopold.
Mark your calendars now for March 19. You don’t want to miss this exciting event!