CHICAGO AUDUBON'S ANNUAL APPEAL 2017
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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!
"LABAGH WOODS: More than a Fragment, a Remnant of Hope"
Chicago Audubon Program
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 7:00 P.M.
NORTH PARK VILLAGE NATURE CENTER
5801 N PULASKI ROAD, BUILDING D
LaBagh Woods, located at Foster and Cicero Avenues, is still seen by many as merely a throw away 80 acres of urban forest, and just a place for teen drinking parties, off-leash dogs to run around in, and off-road vehicles to tear up. But is LaBagh just that, or is it more?
Many are surprised to learn that a dedicated group of restoration volunteers, in conjunction with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, have found that LaBagh is actually home to a surprisingly diverse population of wildlife. More than 700 species have been identified, and a few are even quite rare. LaBagh has also been identified as critical bird migration habitat, and is seen by many as a special place worth saving, restoring and preserving. And it has a very interesting past as well. Indian wars and treaties, a wife supposedly knocking off her husband, and another woman whose work to preserve this forest became the foundation for the creation of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. All of that at LaBagh Woods!
Want to learn more? Join Jeff Skrentny, when he presents "LaBagh Woods: More than a Fragment, a Remnant of Hope." Learn why this urban fragment matters--actually, and metaphorically--beyond its 160-acre boundary. Birding led Jeff down the slippery slope of being concerned about bird habitat. Before he even realized it, he had become concerned about his local birding patch, the jewel that is LaBagh Woods. After spending a combined 2500 hours there in 2015, 2016 & 2017, walking, birding, photographing, documenting, and learning about this unique urban forest, his knowledge became an important part of the restoration work at LaBagh. Now he is part of LaBagh’s restoration leadership team. In three years, he has learned more than he guessed 80 acres could teach him.
Join us for this fascinating and enlightening program. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m. The program begins at 7:15. You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to attend any of our programs or walks. Bring family and friends--everyone is welcome!
BIRDING AMERICA XII IS COMING
SATURDAY, MARCH 10
OUR EXCITING BIENNIAL 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 THE NEAR FUTURE.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!
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:
Whooping Crane. Photo by Diana Robinson/Flickr CC (BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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.THANK YOU!
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ~