Audubon 118th Christmas Bird Count

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 8:00am
Location:
Christmas Bird Count near you ...

JOIN THE FUN AND HELP COLLECT IMPORTANT

BIRD COUNT DATA

 Christmas Bird Counts Sponsored by both

National Audubon and Chicago Audubon

You can add to a century of citizen science data by joining a Christmas Bird Count circle near you this season. (By all accounts, you'll have fun too!). Counts will be held between December 14, 2017 and January 5, 2018. More information can be found at http://www.audubon.org/join-christmas-bird-count

Chicago Audubon is supporting the following counts this year:

Christmas Bird Count, Chicago Urban:  Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. For information and to confirm start time, contact Jeffrey Sanders, [email protected]

Christmas Bird Count, Barrington:  Monday, December 18, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. For information and to confirm start time, contact Duane Heaton,[email protected]

Christmas Bird Count, Sand Ridge, South Holland:  Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. For information and to confirm start time, contact John Elliott, [email protected]

Christmas Bird Count, Indiana Dunes:  Saturday, December 16, 2017. For information and to confirm start time for the Indiana Dunes, contact Brad Bumgardner, [email protected]

To find other count circles in our area (or in the hemisphere if you are traveling this season), a map view of the circles expected to be included in the completed 118th CBC can be found here. Green and yellow circles are open for new participants, and red circles are full.

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Chicago Audubon Annual Appeal 2017

CHICAGO AUDUBON'S ANNUAL APPEAL 2017

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO OUR ANNUAL APPEAL

PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

If you would like to help us maintain and grow our educational and conservation missions, we would appreciate any contribution you are able to make. You can make your tax-deductible donation through this website by clicking on the link above, or you can call our office (773-539-6793). If you prefer sending a donation by mail, please make out your check to Chicago Audubon and send it to:  Chicago Audubon Society, 5801-C North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60646.

We had an active year. In March, we hosted our biennial awards ceremony where we celebrated the accomplishments of unsung local environmental heroes—people from all walks of life who have initiated grass-roots efforts to conserve and improve local habitat. Our Conservation Committee spearheaded efforts to maintain the momentum of  2016’s super successful BirdthePreserves initiative, sponsoring events like the “Big Month,” which was a friendly competition among preserves to report the most species sighted in October (which our team won at Skokie Lagoons). We organized a summer Bird Blitz in the Palos area and led many bird walks at Jackson Park, Skokie Lagoons, North Park Village Nature Center, Bemis Woods, and Busse Woods. These walks provide a great introduction to the world of birding. We continued to take advocacy positions on local and national issues of environmental importance. During 2017 our attention was focused on minimizing the potential negative effects of the Obama Presidential Center and Tiger Woods Golf Course on the very sensitive areas of Jackson Park, one of the most important bird areas in Illinois. 

As important as anything under the Chicago Audubon umbrella are the efforts of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. More than 100 dedicated volunteers annually rescue more than 3000 birds that have run into glass windows in the city and surrounding suburbs. The monitors not only rescue stunned birds from harm’s way, but also bring attention to the public regarding this massive source of bird mortality. The data gathered from these efforts will serve as “Exhibit A” in on-going discussions regarding a Chicago building code that incorporates bird-friendly requirements.   

We began an exciting restoration project at Camp Pine Forest Preserve in Cook County.  Several declining species of shrubland birds breed here. This preserve has some remarkable sections of native vegetation, but is degraded by broad swaths of invasive species such as buckthorn. We hosted several work days to collect native seed to be spread to other areas in the preserve. Next we will work on removal of non-native shrubs. Keep an eye on our website for ways you can be involved. 

Two of our board members serve on the Mayor’s Nature and Wildlife Committee, and participate in discussion of issues and plans that affect our natural areas. We also are an active member of the Bird Conservation Network, a coalition of 21 conservation groups, who repeatedly demonstrate that there is strength in numbers.  

As the year winds down, we are in the planning stages for “Birding America,” an event that highlights birding destinations from the Chicago region to around the world. It will be held at North Park University on March 10, and we hope you will be able to attend. 

WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PAST SUPPORT.

WE WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY, PEACEFUL, AND PRODUCTIVE NEW YEAR!

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Birding America XII

BIRDING AMERICA XII IS COMING

SATURDAY, MARCH 10

OUR EXCITING BIENNIEL ALL-DAY EVENT PRESENTING REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS SPEAKING ON ALL THINGS BIRDING

WILL BE HELD AT NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER WILL BE GEORGE ARCHIBALD,

CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION,

AND WORLD RENOWNED CONSERVATIONIST.

COMPLETE ROSTER OF SPEAKERS AND DETAILS FOR REGISTRATION

WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THIS WEBSITE IN MID-DECEMBER.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!

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PROTECT THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

Congress is moving quickly to gut the Endangered Species Act, America’s strongest and most important law for protecting wildlife. 

Chicago Audubon stands with National Audubon against all efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act has a proven track record of success in providing a safety net that protects our most vulnerable wildlife. It has prevented 99 percent of the species under its care from going extinct, including America's symbol, the Bald Eagle. We should allow this critical law to continue to protect wildlife for future generations, not undermine it.

Please ask your members of Congress to oppose efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act:

https://act.audubon.org/onlineactions/hnXMGmJ_JkG3ND-3V83VZQ2?ms=policy-adv-web-website_nas-card-201702xx_esa&utm_source=website_nas&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=201702xx_esa

Whooping Cranes in flight DianaRobinson Flickr

Whooping Crane.  Photo by Diana Robinson/Flickr CC (BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Support legislation that protects the pollinators!

Chicago Audubon stands with the American Bird Conservancy

in supporting legislation that protects the pollinators. 

Tell Congress it’s time to get serious about protecting birds, bees, and other wildlife by passing the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 3040) to restrict toxic neonicotinoid pesticides. 

Neonicotinoids have become the most-used insecticides in the nation. They are found in the foods we eat, the pest-control sprays we use in our gardens, and the flea-control products we put on our pets. Yet, neonicotinoids are lethal to the birds, bees, butterflies and other organisms we rely on to pollinate our crops and control our pests.

Please act now: Urge your Representative to co-sponsor the

Saving America’s Pollinators Act

Tell your senators to support a companion bill in the Senate.

http://support.abcbirds.org/site/R?i=xoW97g6cPvvFDTNkFLiXPA

 THANK YOU!

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EXTREME CONCERN ON WITHDRAWAL FROM PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD

WHITE HOUSE TO WARMING WORLD:

"BAKE ON!"

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. 

To read further:  www.audubon.org/news/white-house-warming-world-bake?ms=network-eng-email-ea-x-20170602_chapter-update_chapter_leader&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170602_chapter-update&utm_content=chapter_leader

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WINNERS OF THE 2ND ANNUAL CHICAGO AUDUBON PHOTO CONTEST

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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PROTECT WILDLIFE AND PUBLIC HEALTH!

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 support
for responsible cat management,
and tell him or her to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 641!
 
Thank you!

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Chicago Audubon 2017 Awards Banquet and Annual Members Meeting

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 ~

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"Urban Nature" -- WTTW Video featuring Chicago Bird Collision Monitors

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"

http://interactive.wttw.com/ urbannature/building-bird- safe-city#!/

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