Biennial Environmental Awards Banquet and Annual Members Meeting

The White Eagle Restaurant, 6839 N Milwaukee Road, Niles
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 5:00pm

Chicago Audubon's Biennial Environmental Awards Banquet

and Annual Members Meeting

 Saturday, March 23, 2019

Location:  White Eagle Events & Convention Center

6839 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles



~ $40 for Dinner and entire evening events ~

 ($5 to attend Awards and Program only. Arrive at 7:30 p.m.)

5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Social Time (Cash bar available all evening)

6:00 p.m. Family style Dinner (Chicken, fish, and a number of vegetarian choiceswill be served at each table)

All Chicago Audubon Society (CAS) members are encouraged to join us as we honor people and organizations who have made valuable contributions to conservation, the protection of migratory birds and other wildlife, and have helped to conserve, preserve and enhance the varied habitats and open spaces of the greater Chicago region.

The 2019 Chicago Audubon Environmental Award Recipients:


The Craig Stettner Award for Environmental Education:

 Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, President, Moraine Valley Community College


Excellence in Environmental Reporting – Broadcast:

Jerome McDonnell, WBEZ “Worldview”


Protector of the Environment – Political Advocacy:

Friends of the Forest Preserve


Protector of the Environment – Single Act, Individual:

Jerry Goldner, CAS Photo Contest, Facebook group and page administrator


Protector of the Environment – Avocation:

Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman, Stewards, Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary, Evanston

Ted Jindrich and Alycia Kluenenberg, Stewards, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago


Protector of the Environment – Vocation:

Howard A. Learner, Environmental Law and Policy Center


Protector of the Environment – Group:

Orland Grasslands Stewards and Volunteers


First Friend of Chicago Audubon:

Pat Durkin, Wooded Island/Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary Bird Walks


Service to Chicago Area Birders:

Greg Neise, Web Developer, American Birding Association; Administrator, Illinois Facebook Birding Groups; Illinois Birder’s Forum founder


Young Environmentalist:

Oliver Burrus, Whimbrel Birders Club


Following dinner and the Presentation of Awards, a brief CAS annual Members meeting and board member election will be convened.  

The program for the evening will be presented by Mr. Jerome McDonnell host of WBEZ Worldview: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Birds." Jerome will talk about his own development as a nature lover and changing philosophy about covering environmental topics. He will also share his perspective on advocacy work from his years of radio conversations.


Chicago Audubon's Annual Appeal



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Please consider donating to Chicago Audubon's Year-End Annual Appeal for 2018. (Please note, there is no deadline for donations.) Your contribution will support our important on-going educational events and programs throughout the coming year.We thank you for your support--past and present.

Happy New Year!


Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., RiverForest
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 1:00pm

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! – Wildlife Myths

Sunday, January 20, 1:00 p.m.

Cougars live in Illinois. Bats will get in your hair. Snakes dig holes in our yards. Earwigs crawl in your ears while you sleep. John Elliott CAS board member will help separate the amusing and serious, fiction and reality, of these and other wildlife tales. Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., RiverForest.


Camp Pine Woods Habitat Restoration Workday


Camp Pine, Glenview

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Camp Pine Brush Cutting Stewardship. Warm up, get your daily exercise and contribute to bird habitat improvement at this CAS restoration project. This winter we are cutting invasive brush to create more open space in the woodland area. We will provide tools, gloves and snacks. Dress for some moderate work; wear sturdy shoes or boots and old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or torn. 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 on the south side of Lake Avenue, eastbound ONLYfrom Des Plaines River Rd. (there's no left turn westbound on Lake). Contact: Laurel Ross ([email protected]).



Congratulations to the Winners of Chicago Audubon's

Second Annual Photo Contest

We would like to thank all of you who entered this year for sharing your beautiful images with us. We also thank our judges for their valuable time and support. Many thanks to the Museum of Science & Industry, the Morton Arboretum, and the Chicago Botanic Garden for donating prizes.


Red-eyed Vireo

 1st Place Winner:  Michael Ferguson.  Red-eyed Vireo. 


Common Yellow-throated Warbler

Second Place Winner:  Steven Jner.  Common Yellowthroat.


Great Egret

Third Place Winner:  Leonardo Estrada.  Great Egret.



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