Chicago Audubon Bird Walk, Brezina Woods, Westchester

Bezina Woods, Westchester
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 8:00am

Chicago Audubon Bird Walk

Brezina Woods, Westchester

Wednesday, April 24, 8:00 a.m.

Visit an under-birded forest preserve that can be very productive during migration. We’ll look for remnant wintering species and early spring migrants, possibly Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Eastern Phoebes, Kinglets, Fox Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Be prepared for muddy conditions. Park at the easternmost end of the parking area, east side of Mannheim Rd. between Cermak and 31st. Entrance is just south of the bridge over Salt Creek. Leader: Doug Stotz ([email protected]).

(Brezina Woods Bird Walks will continue on the 4th Wednesday of the month

through November, except June.)


Chicago Audubon Native Plant Sale

Chicago Audubon Native Plant Sale

thru May 19, 2019

Purchase native plants online now for pick up

in mid to late May*

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Help the Birds and the Environment. Enjoy a beautiful blooming native garden. The Chicago Audubon Society Online Native Plant Sale offers a wide variety of perennials, shrubs and trees, which you can order online and pick up at your convenience. Proceeds of the sale help to fund Chicago Audubon's successful bird conservation programs such as the push for a bird-friendly buildings ordinance.

Chicago Audubon Society is working with Natural Communities to provide native plants from mostly local and some regional ecotypes for sale, many of which are difficult to find in the retail sector. Indigenous species have adapted to our local conditions over many centuries, growing naturally without fertilizers, supplemental irrigation or herbicides. Whether your landscape is sunny, shady or in between, there will be many perennials, shrubs and trees to choose from. Native plants provide food for pollinators, birds and other wildlife; shelter for wildlife— and they are beautiful.

Chicago Audubon will receive 10% on sales of plants, shrubs, trees.

CLICK HERE for information and to place your order. (At the link, order the plants you want. At checkout, make sure "CAS 2019" auto populates in the discount box.)

To receive your plants you have two options. For a fee you can have the plants shipped directly to your house, or for free you can choose local pickup in Batavia. The plants would be planned to be ready in late May. Once you receive an email indicating the plants are ready, you can pick them up any day of the week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (This option risks less damage to your plants.) Make a day of it! There are many great birding sites near Batavia, including Fermi Lab.

 *A few select plant species may not be ready until late spring or early summer and will not be ready for pick up in late May. This is unpredictable from year to year and is dependent upon the number of sunny days and temperatures we receive.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Bradt at (312) 203-4085 or [email protected]



Chicago Audubon Society Strategic Plan 2019-2020

All communities in our region understand, value and protect birds, other wildlife and habitat.

Chicago Audubon Society connects people with birds and nature through educational programming, field trips, advocacy, stewardship and research.

Problem-solving, collaborative, science-based, welcoming, inclusive, enthusiastic about learning and teaching about birds and nature.

Long Term Outcomes
All our diverse communities have access to habitats that support birds.
All our diverse communities have access to educational experiences that foster an understanding of bird biology, identification and conservation.
All our diverse communities engage in activities that promote bird welfare and healthy habitat.
Diverse habitats in the CAS region support stable or increasing populations of nesting and migrating birds.
Public policies exist that reduce threats and protect habitat.

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Bird-friendly Coffee Found in Chicago-area Stores Jan ’19

Buying shade grown coffee means you are financially rewarding the farmers who have chosen to preserve forests and bird habitats by growing their coffee under the tree canopy, rather than clearcutting vegetation to grow coffee in full sun. Many of our migrants winter on coffee plantations.

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center certified Bird Friendlymeans that beans were grown 100% organically with a variety of native shade trees. Criteria include a canopy at least 12m high with the dominant tree species being native, minimum 40% shade cover, and at least 2 layers of vegetation made up of at least 10 woody species. This certification has the most robust shade/habitat standards of any certification.

The Rainforest Alliance is an NGO with programs in several areas that promote standards for sustainability. Their sustainable agriculture program certifies many crops, including coffee. It covers a number of ecological issues as well as community relations and fair treatment of workers. There are no criteria for shade management. Criterion is for native vegetation coverand is not required for six years, perhaps longer. Therefore it is important to note that Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee may or may not be shade grown. There is no organic requirement.

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Chicago Audubon's Annual Appeal



If you would like to contribute to our Annual Appeal, please CLICK HERE.

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.

Thank you for your support!



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