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CHICAGO AUDUBON BIRD WALK

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D

April and May, (Every Saturday, 8:00 a.m.): 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 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.

WOODED ISLAND BIRD WALK

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
JACKSON PARK

Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. These wonderful walks are sponsored by Chicago Audubon and continue every Saturday throughout the year (weather permitting). Bring binoculars, field guides and dress for the weather. For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin at [email protected]. Everyone is welcome!

CHICAGO AUDUBON BIRD WALK

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D

April and May, (Every Saturday, 8:00 a.m.): 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 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.

EARTH DAY--SPRING CREEK BIRD WALK, SOUTH BARRINGTON

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 7:00am
Location:
Meet at Penny Road Pon parking lot on Penny Road about one mile west of Old Sutton Road.

We will look for migrants in the lakes and wet areas between Penny and Higgins Roads. May be muddy. Walk Leader and contact: Craig Stettner, [email protected]; 847-925-6214.

 

SKOKIE LAGOONS BIRD WALK

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 7:00am
Location:
Meet at the Forest Preserve Parking Lot north of Willow Road, just east of the Edens Expressway in Winnetka.

The Walk will last about two hours, but because this walk is on a weekday, join us for as long as you can and leave early if you need to get to work. Keep checking this website (chicagoaudubon.org) for confirmation in case we need to change either the starting time or the location.  Walk leader and contact:  Dave Willard, [email protected] or 312-665-7731. 

WOODED ISLAND BIRD WALK

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
JACKSON PARK

Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. These wonderful walks are sponsored by Chicago Audubon and continue every Saturday throughout the year (weather permitting). Bring binoculars, field guides and dress for the weather. For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin at [email protected]. Everyone is welcome!

CHICAGO AUDUBON BIRD WALK

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D

April and May, (Every Saturday, 8:00 a.m.): 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 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.

CHICAGO AUDUBON BIRD WALK

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D

April and May, (Every Saturday, 8:00 a.m.): 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 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.

SKOKIE LAGOONS BIRD WALK

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:00am
Location:
Meet at the Forest Preserve Parking Lot north of Willow Road, just east of the Edens Expressway in Winnetka.

Walk will last about two hours. Keep checking our website (chicagoaudubon.org) to confirm if changes have become necessary. Walk Leader and contact:  Dave Willard, [email protected]; or 312-665-7731.

 

 

CHICAGO AUDUBON ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND PROGRAM

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 7:00pm
Location:
North Park Village Nature Center, Building D, 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago

TUESDAY, APRIL 12 AT 7:00 P.M. - IMPORTANT MEETING

 Chicago Audubon's Annual Members Meeting

Membership Will Be Voting for Election of Officers and Directors 

Chicago Audubon Members need to be present to vote on Officers and Directors at this important meeting. After the election, the evening's program, Bird Studies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will be presented by Dr. Ben Marks, Collection Manager of the Bird Collection at Field Museum. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is far off the beaten tourist track, with some of the highest, most beautiful mountains in Africa and some of the most extensive lowland rainforest left on Earth, stretching from the Uganda border to the Atlantic Ocean. Ben has made multiple trips to this intriguing country and will share some of his experiences with the birds, the landscapes and the people.

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For those who wish to renew their membership or to join as a new member any time before the meeting so that you may cast a vote, you may do so by clicking on the box to the right of this article (near the top), or by calling the Chicago Audubon office (773-539-6793). If you prefer to send in a check to join or to renew, there is still time to do so. Minimum annual membership (or renewal) is $25. Please send the check to Chicago Audubon, 5801-C North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60646. The meeting will be held at North Park Village Nature Center, Building D, 5801 N. Pulaski Road. You may also renew or join when you arrive for the meeting. For directions or any questions, call Chicago Audubon office. You may bring family and friends to enjoy the evening's program. Remember, socializing at 7:00 p.m., followed by the Meeting at 7:30 p.m. and then the Program.

Slate of Officers and Directors to be voted on:

President:  Dave Willard

Vice President:  Roger Shamley

Secretary:  Annette Prince

Board Members:  Sheryl DeVore, Anne Darnley, Bobbi Asher, Suzanne Checchia, Laurel Ross, Jerry Goldner.

 MEMBERS, PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND! 

 

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WOODED ISLAND BIRD WALK

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
JACKSON PARK

Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. These wonderful walks are sponsored by Chicago Audubon and continue every Saturday throughout the year (weather permitting). Bring binoculars, field guides and dress for the weather. For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin at [email protected]. Everyone is welcome!

CHICAGO AUDUBON BIRD WALK

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D

April and May, (Every Saturday, 8:00 a.m.): 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 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.

CHICAGO AUDUBON BIRD WALKS

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D

April and May, (Every Saturday, 8:00 a.m.): 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 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.

WOODED ISLAND BIRD WALK

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
JACKSON PARK

Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. These wonderful walks are sponsored by Chicago Audubon and continue every Saturday throughout the year (weather permitting). Bring binoculars, field guides and dress for the weather. For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin at [email protected]. Everyone is welcome!

WOODCOCK WATCH AT WOLF ROAD PRAIRIE, WESTCHESTER

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 6:30pm
Location:
Meet at the kiosk at 31st Street, just west of Wolf Road.

See the magnificant aerial courtship display of the American Woodcock at dusk! Parking is limited. Parking is also available at the pull-offs that are east and west of the kiosk. Please be careful! Walk leader and contact:  John Elliott, [email protected]; 708-567-4363. 

BIRD CONSERVATION SUCCESS STORY, PAUL DOUGLAS PRESERVE, HOFFMAN ESTATES

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 2:00pm
Location:
Meet at the preserve parking low on Central, west of Ela.

Enjoy waterfowl, herons, and early grassland birds. Learn about this successful wetland restoration from Dan White of Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Stan Stec, Bird Conservation Network bird monitor. Walk leader and contact:  Judy Pollock, [email protected]

SPRING CREEK BIRD WALK, SOUTH BARRINGTON

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 9:00am
Location:
Meet at Penny Road Pond parking lot which is on Penny Road about one mile west of Old Sutton Road in South Barrington.

We will visit the Hidden Lake, The Other Hidden Lake, Beverly Lake, The Really Hidden Lake, and Headwaters Marsh. Migratory waterfowl will be our target. May be muddy. Walk Leader and contact:  Craig Stettner, [email protected]; 847-925-6214. 

WOODED ISLAND BIRD WALK

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry.

 These wonderful walks are sponsored by Chicago Audubon and continue every Saturday throughout the year (weather permitting). Bring binoculars, field guides and dress for the weather. For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin at [email protected]. Everyone is welcome!

[Trip Now Full] WOODCOCK WALK, WAYSIDE WOODS, MORTON GROVE

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:15pm
Location:
Meet at 6:15 p.m. at the forest preserve parking lot on west side of Lehigh Ave, just north of Dempster St in Morton Grove.

[SORRY, TRIP NOW FULL]  Come to hear and see the amazing springtime aerial courting displays of the American Woodcock at dusk! Wayside Woods Forest Preserve in Morton Grove has had woodcocks displaying for the past several years. We may be sitting or kneeling on the ground so wear old clothes. The group is limited to 12 participants so please call the Chicago Audubon office to reserve a space and leave your email address (773-539-6793). The walk leader will scout the site earlier in the week.

CHICAGO AUDUBON'S BIRDING AMERICA XI IS COMING MARCH 19, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 9:00am
Location:
NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY -- 3225 WEST FOSTER AVENUE, CHICAGO

BIRDING AMERICA XI IS SOLD OUT!  The Chicago Audubon Society is thankful to all those who have registered for our biennial symposium. We have had a record number of registrations, well above any prior Birding America conference! Walk-in registration will still be available on Saturday between  8:15 and 9:00 a.m. (cost $50), but the 2:00 p.m. session is at maximum room capacity (Nicholas Lund's session). Please allow yourself enough time to arrive, find parking, sign in and pick up your conference packets. With so many attending, it's recommended that you plan to arrive early. Registration will be open starting at 8:00 am. The Keynote Address will begin promptly at 9:00 am. We encourage those who can to carpool or to take public transportation. If you do drive, we've arranged for use of three campus parking lots this year and some street parking is available, links and parking details described below.

Registration and Sign-in (and pick up of conference information packets) will take place from 8:15 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. With so many attending, it is advised to come early. There will be signs directing you to the Carlson Tower lobby, where we will have our registration tables and a selection of other display tables. A number of Chicago Audubon board members and volunteers will help direct you as well. The main entrance is at the southwest corner of Foster and Kedzie. Other doors are on the west side of the building if you are coming from the Kimball Avenue parking lot. With all this in mind, we’d like to share a number of helpful hints ahead of time, so you can be prepared.

Lunches:  The deadline to sign up for lunch was last week, so if you will be registering as a walk-in, please either plan to bring a lunch, or there are many restaurants near the college. East of Kedzie are McDonald’s and Charcoal Delights, and north of the campus are Starbucks, Tre Kroner (Swedish), Subway and ‘2 Asian Brothers’ among others.

Raffle: Raffle tickets for a number of terrific items will be available from 8 am to 2 pm. Ticket price is $5 for one ticket or three tickets for $10. The drawing will be held promptly at 3 pm in the Lecture Hall Auditorium, right before the closing speaker.

 Important Notice:  A school fair will also be taking place at North Park University on the same day and will be held in the gymnasium and nearby Hamming Hall. We will be using the Chapel for lunch this year (maps will be handed out).

Parking is free in the University lot on the southeast corner of Foster and Kedzie. On-the-street parking is available in the immediate vicinity of the Campus. To download and print out a map of the North Park University campus and driving directions, click here. Here are links to a map of the campus and a description of additional parking lots:

North Park University Campus map: http://www.northpark.edu/Campus-Life-and-Services/Transportation/Campus-Map

North Park University, driving directions: http://www.northpark.edu/Campus-Life-and-Services/Transportation/Directions  

Parking: http://www.northpark.edu/Campus-Life-and-Services/Transportation/Parking

 Parking Lots:  

 Foster & Kedzie (5141 N Kedzie Ave.) Entance on KEDZIE (listed as Commuter Students and Visitor Parking on map) 

Kedzie & Carmen (5115 N Kedzie Ave.) (ENTRANCE ON CARMEN just east of KEDZIE   (listed as Commuter Student Parking on map)

Kimball Ave lot (5125 N Kimball Ave) NEW ADDITIONAL LOT ADDED THIS YEAR (Entrance in alley just south of Shell gas station at Foster and Kimball) (listed as Faculty and Staff Parking on map – west side of campus) Please do not park in the 12 spots on the west side noted with blue RESERVED PARKING signs, but all other spots in this lot are ok. Please Note:  You can not park in the lot on the north side of Foster (labeled Faculty and Staff Parking on map).

 Driving Directions to Birding America XI, North Park University, 3225 W Foster Ave, Chicago:  

From the north: Take I-94 eastbound (Edens Expressway) to the Cicero exit (to Foster). Take Cicero south to Foster Avenue, turn east (left) on Foster and continue to Kedzie, about two miles.

From the south: Take I-94 westbound (Dan Ryan Expressway) and proceed northwest on I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway). Exit at Kimball Avenue. Travel north (right) on Kimball about two miles to Foster Avenue and turn east (right) on Foster. Proceed two blocks, to Kedzie.

From the west: (Or from O’Hare Airport) take I-90/94 eastbound (Kennedy) to the Austin exit (to Foster). At the end of the exit ramp, turn east (left) and follow the curve to reach Foster. Turn east (left) on Foster and continue to Kedzie, about three miles.

From the east: Take Lake Shore Drive (from either direction) to the Foster Avenue exit. Travel west on Foster and continue to Kedzie, about three miles.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE AND ROOM NUMBERS:

8:15-9:00 a.m.  Refreshments and Sign-in for Pre-registered and for Walk-in Registration. (Walk-in Registration is $50).

9:00 a.m.  Keynote Speaker - In Lecture Hall Auditorium (LHA):  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.

 10:15 a.m sessions:  

 a)  Beau Schaefer, Avid Lake County Lister, Big Day Birder, Biology Teacher:  Birding the Chain O Lakes State Park, Lake County, Illinois.  Room C-13

 

b)  Wendy Paulson, Birder, Conservationist, Teacher:  Birding Central Park, New York City.  Room C-28

 

c)  Peter Kasper, Bird Site Monitor, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Physicist:  Birds of Australia. Room C-33

 

d)  Sheryl DeVore, Chicago Audubon Board Member and authorBirds of Illinois:  Bird Song Primer: Why Birds Sing and How to Recognize Their Melodies and Calls.  LHA

 

11:15 a.m. sessions:

e)  Doug Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist, Bird Division, Field Museum:  Birding the Hennepin Wetlands and Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge of Illinois.  LHA

 

f)  Sam Burckhardt, Chicago Ornithological Society:  Birding Eastern Michigan; Kirtland’s Warbler nesting areas.   Room C-13

 

g)  Glyn Dawson, Biochemistry and  Molecular Biology, University of Chicago:  Top Birding Spots in the UK.  Room C-28

 

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.  Room C-33

 

1:00 p.m. sessions:

 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. LHA

 

j)  Vince Cavalieri, Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife:  The Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Project.  Room C-13

 

k)  Mary Lou Mellon, Past President, Bird Conservation Network:  Birding the Seychelles Islands, a Tropical Paradise in the Indian Ocean.   Room C-28

 

l)  Amar Ayyash, Math Teacher; Board of Directors-Illinois Ornithological Society; Gull website anythinglarus.com:  Gull ID in the Great Lakes Region.   Room C-33

 

2:00 p.m. sessions:

 m)  Brad Bumgardner, Park Interpretive Naturalist, Indiana Dunes State Park:  Birding the Indiana Dunes and other Indiana Lakeshore Locations.   LHA

 

n)   Nicholas Lund, National Parks Conservation Association; Senior Manager, Landscape Conservation Program:  Birding in the National Parks.  Room C-28 (full)

 

o)  Josh Engel, Field Museum and Tropical Birding Tours:  Birding Under Buddha's Gaze in the Mountains of Bhutan.  Room C-33 

 

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.   Room C-13

 

3:00 p.m.  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. 

 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
 
It promises to be a very exciting day!

  

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WOODED ISLAND BIRD WALK

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
JACKSON PARK

Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. These wonderful walks are sponsored by Chicago Audubon and continue every Saturday throughout the year (weather permitting). Bring binoculars, field guides and dress for the weather. For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin at [email protected]. Everyone is welcome!

SKOKIE LAGOONS BIRD WALK

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 7:00am
Location:
Meet at Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Road, just east of the Edens Expressway in Winnetka.

The Walk will last about two hours, but because this walk is on a weekday, join us for as long as you can and leave early if you need to get to work. Keep checking this website (chicagoaudubon.org) for confirmation in case we need to change either the starting time or the location.  Walk leader and contact:  Dave Willard, [email protected] or 312-665-7731.  

WOODED ISLAND BIRD WALK

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 8:00am
Location:
JACKSON PARK

Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. These wonderful walks are sponsored by Chicago Audubon and continue every Saturday throughout the year (weather permitting). Bring binoculars, field guides and dress for the weather. For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin at [email protected]. Everyone is welcome!

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