The Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago today announced that they will begin to hold community meetings to discuss the future of Jackson and South Shore Parks in light of the addition of the Obama Presidential Center and related park improvements. “The upcoming addition of the Obama Presidential Center and plans to enhance the golf courses at South Shore and Jackson Park provide a unique opportunity for community and city residents to help shape the future of the South Lakefront and surrounding communities,” said Michael Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. “Residents will be a critical part of this process, and we look forward to receiving valuable input.” The meetings will include brief presentations from the Park District, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Obama Foundation. However, the main purpose of the meetings will be to obtain community feedback about the future of Jackson and South Shore Parks. (click on "Read more")
WHITE HOUSE TO WARMING WORLD:
Chicago Audubon Society stands with National Audubon on its concern with the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. We will stay committed to doing everything we can to slow the pace and effects of climate change and to help declining bird populations.
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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.
1st Place Winner: Michael Ferguson. Red-eyed Vireo.
Second Place Winner: Steven Jner. Common Yellowthroat Warbler.
Third Place Winner: Leonardo Estrada. Great Egret.
The American Bird Conservancy and the Chicago Audubon Society
need your help protecting all birds in and passing through Illinois!
The Illinois Senate recently passed a bill that would siphon money away from proven programs that help the state’s low-income pet owners and instead use those funds to maintain colonies of feral cats in Illinois’ parks and neighborhoods. This bill would authorize the systematic abandonment of cats throughout the state and is a threat to the health and welfare of people, birds, and other wildlife.Cats make wonderful pets, but these non-native predators have contributed to the extinction of 63 species and annually kill 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals in the United States. They are the greatest source of direct, human-caused mortality to birds in the United States and Canada.Feral cats also transmit harmful parasites and diseases such as hookworms, typhus, and cat-scratch disease. Even worse, cats are consistently the top carrier of rabies among domestic animals and are the definitive host of the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis. Permitting hordes of feral cats to roam our parks and neighborhoods is an unnecessary risk to human health.The state should not be in the business of promoting and subsidizing colonies of feral cats -- it should be safeguarding our families and wildlife!PLEASE ACT NOW!Contact your State Representative to voice your supportfor responsible cat management,and tell him or her to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 641!Thank you!
Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2017
Chicago Audubon Environmental Awards!
On March 25, Chicago Audubon presented Awards to honor those who have made 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 Awards ceremony took place March 25 at the Silver Stallion Restaurant in Des Plaines. To see a complete list of the categories awarded and their recipients, please go to the March-April issue of the Compass newsletter: compass_marapr2017 (7).pdf.
We Congratulate the Awardees!
From left to right: Matt Cvetas, John Rogner, Josh Coles, Jeff Skrentny, John Navin, Steve Flexman, Chicago Audubon President Dave Willard, Jill Flexman, Bob Fisher, Kathy Andrews Wright, Henry Griffin, Libby Hill and Josh Engel. ~ Photo by Heidi Tarasiuk ~
Chicago Audubon is proud to announce a video produced by WTTW featuring Annette Prince of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors & The Chicago Audubon Society, Doug Stotz of The Field Museum, Rose Augustine of Willowbrook Wildlife Center and Architect Jeanne Gang. Chicago Audubon Board member and photographer, Jerry Goldner, donated the bird videos to the project.
"BUILDING A BIRD-SAFE CITY"
THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
NEEDS YOUR HELP!
We are at critical moment for birds! The Endangered Species Act (ESA)—one of our bedrock environmental laws—is under attack in Congress. Leaders of key environmental committees in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have identified weakening the ESA as a top priority. This may be the single best opportunity ever for our community to stand together for birds and defend the ESA. Please sign and share the petition to show your support for bird conservation and help preserve the progress we have made in recent decades. Threats to the ESA can be halted—but only if everyone who cares about birds and other wildlife makes their voices heard. Please add your voice to these very important efforts. The following link will take you to the American Bird Conservancy's page which contains the petition:(Photo credits, left to right: Bald Eagle by Greg and Jan Ritchie;Northern Cardinal by Bonnie Taylor Barry;Blackburnian Warbler by Paul Reeves Photography;Burrowing Owls by Tania Thomson, all from Shutterstock)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~ BECOME A MENTOR FOR THE FUTURE OF BIRDS ~
Arguably the most important thing we can do for bird conservation is mentor the next generation to love and value the natural world. Children are the future birders, scientists, artists and voters. Please take a look at the information in the link below about a program that has a great track record of working with children in Chicago to get them out of their classrooms into their neighborhoods to study and appreciate common city birds like cardinals, robins and goldfinches. The program relies on volunteers who are trained to be classroom and neighborhood guides. Consider whether this is something you might want to do and sign up now for the next training session. If you do decide to participate in this program let us know. We would like to write a story for the this website and for our newsletter, the Compass, about Chicago Audubon's educational efforts. Thank you for considering it. Everyone is very very busy, but busy people make time for important things.
To the Volunteers and Friends of Montrose Beach DunesYour Help is Needed!The dunes sleep in peaceful dormancy under a fresh blanket of snow, but folks are already busy preparing for next year’s growing season. Advocates for better security and enforcement of city ordinances and regulations at Montrose have put together a petition at the link below. If you have not already received this, please open the link, read the letter and add your signature and comment. It’s very important! The petition has only been circulating for a few days but is already almost halfway to its goal of 2,000 signatures. It will be shared with various governmental agencies and officials (the Chicago Park District, its Board of Commissioners, the Chicago Police Department, the city Animal Care and Control Department, etc.), and it will help achieve the protection, health, and security our Montrose natural areas, beach, and recreational areas deserve.THANK YOU!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ ANNUAL APPEAL 2016 ~~
Your donation to our 2016 Annual Appeal will help us to achieve our on-going goals of protecting migratory birds, the restoration and protection of bird habitat and habitat for all wildlife, and educating the public about the importance of these goals. Please click here if you would like to donate using you credit card. If you prefer, you may call our office to speak to the Administrator and make a charge over the phone (773-539-6793). If you reach voice mail, please leave a message with your name and phone number (only), and the Administrator will return your call. Another option would be to donate by mailing a check made out to Chicago Audubon Society to our address at: Chicago Audubon Society, 5801-C North Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60646. If you have any questions, please call ourr office at the number just above.
We thank you for your timely support and for your support in the past!