CHICAGO AUDUBON'S ANNUAL APPEAL 2017
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If you would like to help us maintain and grow our educational and conservation missions, we would appreciate any contribution you are able to make. You can make your tax-deductible donation through this website by clicking on the link above, or you can call our office (773-539-6793). If you prefer sending a donation by mail, please make out your check to Chicago Audubon and send it to: Chicago Audubon Society, 5801-C North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60646.
We had an active year. In March, we hosted our biennial awards ceremony where we celebrated the accomplishments of unsung local environmental heroes—people from all walks of life who have initiated grass-roots efforts to conserve and improve local habitat. Our Conservation Committee spearheaded efforts to maintain the momentum of 2016’s super successful BirdthePreserves initiative, sponsoring events like the “Big Month,” which was a friendly competition among preserves to report the most species sighted in October (which our team won at Skokie Lagoons). We organized a summer Bird Blitz in the Palos area and led many bird walks at Jackson Park, Skokie Lagoons, North Park Village Nature Center, Bemis Woods, and Busse Woods. These walks provide a great introduction to the world of birding. We continued to take advocacy positions on local and national issues of environmental importance. During 2017 our attention was focused on minimizing the potential negative effects of the Obama Presidential Center and Tiger Woods Golf Course on the very sensitive areas of Jackson Park, one of the most important bird areas in Illinois.
As important as anything under the Chicago Audubon umbrella are the efforts of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. More than 100 dedicated volunteers annually rescue more than 3000 birds that have run into glass windows in the city and surrounding suburbs. The monitors not only rescue stunned birds from harm’s way, but also bring attention to the public regarding this massive source of bird mortality. The data gathered from these efforts will serve as “Exhibit A” in on-going discussions regarding a Chicago building code that incorporates bird-friendly requirements.
We began an exciting restoration project at Camp Pine Forest Preserve in Cook County. Several declining species of shrubland birds breed here. This preserve has some remarkable sections of native vegetation, but is degraded by broad swaths of invasive species such as buckthorn. We hosted several work days to collect native seed to be spread to other areas in the preserve. Next we will work on removal of non-native shrubs. Keep an eye on our website for ways you can be involved.
Two of our board members serve on the Mayor’s Nature and Wildlife Committee, and participate in discussion of issues and plans that affect our natural areas. We also are an active member of the Bird Conservation Network, a coalition of 21 conservation groups, who repeatedly demonstrate that there is strength in numbers.
As the year winds down, we are in the planning stages for “Birding America,” an event that highlights birding destinations from the Chicago region to around the world. It will be held at North Park University on March 10, and we hope you will be able to attend.
WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PAST SUPPORT.
WE WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY, PEACEFUL, AND PRODUCTIVE NEW YEAR!