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Chicago Audubon Program: "LABAGH WOODS: More than a Fragment, a Remnant of Hope"

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location:
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D

 

"LABAGH WOODS: More than a Fragment, a Remnant of Hope"

Chicago Audubon Program

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 7:00 P.M.

NORTH PARK VILLAGE NATURE CENTER

5801 N PULASKI ROAD, BUILDING D

LaBagh Woods, located at Foster and Cicero Avenues, is still seen by many as merely a throw away 80 acres of urban forest, and just a place for teen drinking parties, off-leash dogs to run around in, and off-road vehicles to tear up. But is LaBagh just that, or is it more?

Many are surprised to learn that a dedicated group of restoration volunteers, in conjunction with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, have found that LaBagh is actually home to a surprisingly diverse population of wildlife. More than 700 species have been identified, and a few are even quite rare. LaBagh has also been identified as critical bird migration habitat, and is seen by many as a special place worth saving, restoring and preserving. And it has a very interesting past as well. Indian wars and treaties, a wife supposedly knocking off her husband, and another woman whose work to preserve this forest became the foundation for the creation of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. All of that at LaBagh Woods!

Want to learn more? Join Jeff Skrentny, when he presents "LaBagh Woods: More than a Fragment, a Remnant of Hope." Learn why this urban fragment matters--actually, and metaphorically--beyond its 160-acre boundary. Birding led Jeff down the slippery slope of being concerned about bird habitat.  Before he even realized it, he had become concerned about his local birding patch, the jewel that is LaBagh Woods. After spending a combined 2500 hours there in 2015, 2016 & 2017, walking, birding, photographing, documenting, and learning about this unique urban forest, his knowledge became an important part of the restoration work at LaBagh. Now he is part of LaBagh’s restoration leadership team. In three years, he has learned more than he guessed 80 acres could teach him. 

Join us for this fascinating and enlightening program. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m. The program begins at 7:15. You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to attend any of our programs or walks. Bring family and friends--everyone is welcome!

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WILD SUBURBIA Presentation and Discussion, River Forest

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location:
TRAILSIDE MUSEUM, 734 THATCHER AVE, AT CHICAGO AVE, RIVER FOREST

WILD SUBURBIA - Presentation and Discussion

Bring your questions and concerns about wildlife in our backyards to this presentation and discussion facilitated by Chicago Audubon's John Elliott. Coyotes seem to be everywhere. Will we soon see bears or wolves? How do animals get into our neighborhoods, and how can we best live with them? Registration required. Please call Trailside Museum at 708-366-6530 to register. Adults only. 

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Camp Pine Woods Brush Cutting Work Days

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 9:00am
Location:
CAMP PINE WOODS, GLENVIEW
 
~ CAMP PINE WOODS BRUSH CUTTING WORK DAYS ~
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 
One more opportunity coming up to help conserve and improve shrubland bird habitat at Camp Pine Woods. Please join the Chicago Audubon Camp Pine Restoration groups on these brush-clearing mornings. Tools will be provided. Dress for the weather and meet at the farthest parking lot at Camp Pine Woods on  Euclid/Lake Avenue  between  Des Plaines and Glenview, just east of the Des Plaines River. Enter from east bound, no left turn from west bound (turn around on  River Road ). 
 
No RSVP required, but if you need more information, contact Laurel Ross at [email protected]You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to participate in any of our events. Everyone is welcome! 
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SKOKIE LAGOONS WORK DAY, WINNETKA

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:00am
Location:
SKOKIE LAGOONS, TOWER ROAD PARKING LOT, WINNETKA

SKOKIE LAGOONS WORK DAY

Every Second Saturday, All Year at 10:00 a.m.

These workdays are sponsored by Chicago Audubon. Activities include buckthorn cutting, brush pile burning and other management endeavors. Meet at the Tower Road parking lot, east of the lagoon bridge, in Winnetka. For further information, please call Dave Kosnik at 847-456-6368. You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to join any of our events, bird walks, or work days. Everyone is welcome!

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WOODED ISLAND BIRD WALK, JACKSON PARK

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Dec 30 2017.
Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 8:00am
Location:
JACKSON PARK

These walks continue throughout the year, weather permitting. Bring binoculars, field guides, and dress for the weather. Many species are seen. Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of the Museum of Science & Industry. You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to participate. For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin at [email protected]. Everyone is welcome!

Chicago Audubon Owl Calling and Urban Bird Count, Trailside Museum, River Forest

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 6:00am
Location:
TRAILSIDE MUSEUM, 734 THATCHER AVE, AT CHICAGO AVE, RIVER FOREST

Hear the early morning owls calling as part of the winter Urban Bird Count. Contact John Elliott at [email protected] for information about this early but fascinating event! Meet at the Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave, at Chicago Ave, River Forest. 

CHICAGO AUDUBON BIRD WALK--BEMIS WOODS NORTH, WESTCHESTER

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 8:00am
Location:
BEMIS WOOD NORTH, WESTCHESTER

Late fall migrants, sparrows, kinglets, creepers, etc. Leader:  Douglas Stotz ([email protected]). Meet at Wolf Road between 31st and Ogden, at easternmost part of parking lot, Westchester. You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to participate. Everyone is welcome!

 

CHICAGO AUDUBON "BIG MONTH" BIRD WALK, SPRING LAKE, BARRINGTON HILLS

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 7:00am
Location:
SPRING CREEK, IN SPRING LAKE FOREST PRESERVE, BARRINGTON HILLS

Chicago Audubon "Big Month" Bird Walk, Spring Creek, in the Spring Lake Forest Preserve, Barrington Hills, 7:00 a.m. Meet at Penny Road Parking lot, which is on East Penny Road, Barrington Hills. There is never a charge for our walks, but please contact walk leader to register in advance: Craig Stettner at [email protected]. You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to participate.

CHICAGO AUDUBON BIRD WALKS AT NORTH PARK VILLAGE NATURE CENTER

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Oct 28 2017.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 8:00am
Location:
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D

EVERY SATURDAY IN BOTH SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER.  Chicago Audubon Bird Walks at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski Road, Building D. Come join us for migration time to see many birds and walk through the beautiful autumn woods surrounding the Nature Center. All levels of birders are encouraged to attend. The walk leaders always welcome questions. For information or if you need directions, call the Chicago Audubon office at 773-539-6793.

FIELD MUSEUM "BIG MONTH" BIRDING TRIP TO EGGERS GROVE FOREST PRESERVE, CHICAGO

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 8:00am
Location:
EGGERS GROVE FOREST PRESERVE, 11201 S AVE B, CHICAGO

Fall migrants, including diversity of waterfowl. Leaders:  Josh Engel ([email protected]), and John Bates. Meet at 11201 S Ave B, Chicago in parking lot by caretakers' building. 

FIELD MUSEUM "BIG MONTH" BIRDING TRIP TO EGGERS GROVE FOREST PRESERVE, CHICAGO

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:00am
Location:
EGGERS GROVE FOREST PRESERVE, 11201 S AVE B, CHICAGO

Fall migrants, including diversity of waterfowl. Leaders:  Josh Engel ([email protected]), and John Bates. Meet at 11201 S Ave B, Chicago in parking lot by caretakers' building. You do not need to be a member of Field Museum or Chicago Audubon to participate. Everyone is welcome!

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