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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"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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From the American Bird Conservancy and Chicago Audubon

 

THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

NEEDS YOUR HELP!

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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)
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AN OPPORTUNITY TO MENTOR THE NEXT GENERATION

~ 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.

https://openlandsdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/birds_in_my_neighborhood_volunteercall_2016-17.pdf

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