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WOODED ISLAND BIRD WALK, JACKSON PARK

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Dec 30 2017.
Saturday, July 15, 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 BIRD WALK--BEMIS WOODS NORTH, WESTCHESTER

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 7:30am
Location:
BEMIS WOODS NORTH, WOLF ROAD, BETWEEN 31ST AND OGDEN, WESTCHESTER

 

Look for breeding woodland birds. Interesting species that have summered here in recent years include Pileated and Red-headed Woodpeckers, White-eyed Vireo, Hooded and Chestnut-sided Warblers, and Summer Tanagers. Park at Bemis Woods North, easternmost part of parking area, just west of Wolf Rd. 

PART II OF THE DOUBLE BIRD BLITZ IN THE SAG & PALOS VALLEY PRESERVES

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 7:00am
Location:
PALOS PRESERVE, LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE NATURE CENTER, 9800 WILLOW SPRINGS ROAD, WILLOW SPRINGS

PART II OF THE DOUBLE BIRD BLITZ

WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE PALOS PRESERVES:

 ~ Saturday, June 17, Palos Preserves ~

The Double Bird Blitz is part of the #birdthepreserves program. It is a joint project of the Chicago Audubon Society and the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and is sponsored by the Bobolink Foundation. Bird the Preserves is supported through the Forest Preserve Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 Orchard Orioles (Male & Female).  Photos by Jerry Goldner.

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BUILDING A BIRD SAFE CHICAGO

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:00pm
Location:
PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM, 2430 NORTH CANNON DRIVE, CHICAGO
PROGRM: BUILDING A BIRD SAFE CHICAGO
 
6:00 p.m. -- Museum access and refreshments
6:30 p.m. -- Program begins
 
Come and learn how you can be a part of saving migration!! An amazing migration of bird life takes place through the United States twice each year. However, up to a billion birds are killed each year as a result of window collisions. Join Annette Prince, Director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors and Carl Giometti, architect and president of the Chicago Ornithological Society, as they discuss the bird-safe building laws that are currently being developed in Chicago and around the region as well as how to become a bird-safe building advocate.
 
Click here to register naturemuseum.org/oforms/bird-safe-chicag so that the museum can plan for seating and refreshments.

SKOKIE LAGOONS WORKDAY

Repeats every month on the second Saturday until Sat Jun 10 2017.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00am
Location:
Skokie Lagoons at Tower Road parking lot in Winnetka, east of the lagoon bridge.

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. Everyone is welcome!

 

MASSES OF MIGRANTS: MONITORING MIGRATION IN THE GREAT LAKES

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
Location:
PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM, 2430 NORTH CANNON DRIVE, CHICAGO
 
PROGRAM:  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
 
MASSES OF MIGRANTS:  
MONITORING MIGRATION IN THE GREAT LAKES
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago
 
6:00 p.m. - Explore the Nature Museum
(Cash bar and light refreshments available.)
 
6:30 p.m. - Program begins
 
Every spring and fall, millions of birds and bats migrate through the Great Lakes region as they travel between their wintering and breeding grounds. Using Avian Radar Units stationed in Chicago and around the Great Lakes, scientists from the US Fish and Wildlife Service have been studying these migrations since 2011. Join us as we discuss the findings of this study and how the data can inform conservation decisions such as stopover habitat, wind energy, and other forms of development. The program is free. Registration is required. Click here to register. Bring family and friends.
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CHICAGO AUDUBON BIRD WALKS-EVERY SATURDAY APRIL AND MAY

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat May 27 2017.
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 8:00am
Location:
NORTH PARK VILLAGE NATURE CENTER, 5801 N PULASKI ROAD, BUILDING D

COME JOIN US FOR MIGRATION TIME TO SEE MANY BIRDS AND WALK THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL SPRING 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. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF CHICAGO AUDUBON TO JOIN US. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY FESTIVAL AT LABAGH WOODS

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:00am
Location:
LaBagh Woods, 5400 West Foster Avenue, Chicago

LOCAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATION OF

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY

SATURDAY MAY 20

9:30 TO 11:30 A.M.

LABAGH WOODS

CICERO AND FOSTER AVENUES

Saturday, May 20, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. please join us to welcome back migratory birds in the beautiful LaBagh Woods at this free International Migratory Bird Day Celebration. Enjoy seeing birds migrating from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Watch bird banding, meet a raptor, plant a shrub. Join a beginner bird walk, learn how to make your windows bird-friendly, tour the bird-friendly plantings. Listen to a local a cappella singing group “The Bullfrogs,” which includes Chicago Audubon’s own Laurel Ross. Participate in family activities and more. Refreshments will be available. 

Chicago Audubon is a sponsor of this event. New graduates from their migration monitoring class will be present, along with representatives of many other partner organizations. The event is part of the “Chicago Urban Treaty Project,” generously funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program, through funding provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Bird Treaty Program. For more information, a map, and the list of partner organizations go to: www.fpdcc.com/event/international-migratory-bird-day-celebration, or call 708-386-4042, or email [email protected].  LaBagh Woods is located at 5400 North Cicero Avenue, at the intersection of Cicero and Foster.

Bring Family and Friends!

         Kirtland's Warbler.  Photo by Jerry Goldner.

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RIVER TRAIL NATURE CENTER BIG SIT

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 6:00am
Location:
RIVER TRAIL NATURE CENTER, 3120 MILWAUKEE AVE, NORTHBROOK

See how many birds you can see without moving from a central spot between 6:00 a.m. and noon. River Trail Nature Center is located at 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook. For more information, contact the River Trail Nature Center (847-824-9360).

 

  

CHICAGO AUDUBON BEMIS WOODS BIRD WALK, WESTCHESTER

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 8:00am
Location:
BEMIS WOODS NORTH, WOLF ROAD, BETWEEN 31ST AND OGDEN, WESTCHESTER

Look for migrant songbirds, especially warblers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes and sparrows, plus resident woodland birds. Meet at Bemis Woods North, Wolf Road between 31st and Ogden, Westchester. Park at easternmost part of parking area, just west of Wolf Road.  Leader: Doug Stotz ([email protected]).   

Birdathon! 2017, Saturday May 13 through Sunday, May 14

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Location:
Counties: Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane, Will, and Kendall

IF YOU WISH TO DONATE TO BIRDATHON! 2017, CLICK HERE.

For the past eighteen years, the Chicago Audubon Society has held the Annual Dr. William S. Beecher Birdathon Cup Challenge as one of our fundraising events. Dr. Beecher was Director Emeritus of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and one of the pioneering birders of the Chicago area. Some years ago, he honored Chicago Audubon by consenting to allow us to use his name for our annual fundraising event. The Cup challenge involves teams of people competing to see how many different species of birds they can identify within a specified time limit.

Here is how this works:  Birdathon teams comb Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane or Will counties on a specified date. This year those dates are Saturday, May 13 or Sunday, May 14 (or both if you have the energy). The teams identify as many species as they can within one day within the county of their choosing. The team that identifies the most species in the designated time period will have its name added to the Beecher Cup which is on display in the Bird Division at The Field Museum. Last year, six teams identified 172 species, with the winning team finding 156. Anyone interested in participating on either day, whether part of a team or individually, should contact Dave Willard as soon as possible ([email protected]). New birders are encouraged to participate—this is much more about fun than competition!

There are a number of ways to donate or pledge. You may donate a flat amount (as many have done in the past), or you may pledge an amount per total species identified by your favorite team, or you can pledge an amount based on the total species count of all teams. If you wish to donate or pledge by credit card, please click here. If you prefer, you can call our office to use your card over the phone (733-539-6793). All donations and pledges are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. All funds raised through Birdathon go toward Chicago Audubon programs. More than ever before, your support is essential and greatly appreciated! For a description of how the teams work, click Read more ...

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