Chicago Audubon Program: "Lake Front Migrants--Why Jackson Park Matters"

Chicago Audubon Program

"LAKEFRONT MIGRANTS-

WHY JACKSON PARK MATTERS"

Presented by Dr. Douglas Stotz

New date:  Thursday, April 13 - 7:00 p.m.

Location:  North Park Village Nature Center

5801 N Pulaski Road, Building D

In a recent informal poll of birders taken through the listserv called IBET (Illinois Birders Exchanging Thoughts), Jackson Park was ranked as the sixth best birding spot in the entire state of Illinois. Field Museum Conservation Ecologist and local birding guru, Dr. Doug Stotz, will give an illustrated, data-filled talk demonstrating the extremely high value for migratory birds of the habitats in Jackson Park. 

Beloved for decades as a beautiful year-round refuge by birders and Hyde Park neighbors alike, Wooded Island and the adjacent landscape in Jackson Park has been the subject of controversy and some confusion recently because of several proposed new developments. These include a sculpture by Yoko Ono, the redevelopment and combining of the South Shore and Jackson Park golf courses into a championship course designed by Tiger Woods, the Obama Presidential Library, and a glass-walled pavilion for a possible concert venue. Large amounts of both private and public funds will be sought to implement these ambitious projects.

Though the public input process has been criticized as inadequate, the civically-engaged Hyde Park community has responded by attending meetings, writing letters, and asking questions. A grassroots group called Jackson Park Watch (JPW), coordinated by local leaders Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmid, has emerged. JPW has given voice to concerns about noise, parking, loss of trees and open space, and disruption of the tranquility of the park and Wooded Island. JPW members attend Park District board meetings, providing information, and talking to the media.  (http://jacksonparkwatch.org and www.facebook.com/jacksonparkwatch)

After Doug’s talk there will be a discussion of these issues with a panel that includes Dr. Stotz as well as JPW’s Margaret Schmid and others to be decided. We would like to explore how these projects could affect birds at Jackson Park and talk about compromise solutions as well as communication pathways. 

Laurel Ross, Chicago Audubon Conservation Committee

Margaret Schmid, Jackson Park Watch Coordinator

Light refreshments at 7:00 p.m., program begins at 7:15 p.m. If you have questions or need directions, call the Chicago Audubon office at 773-539-6793. You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to attend any of our Programs. Everyone is welcome!

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Chicago Audubon 2017 Awards Banquet and Annual Members Meeting

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2017 Chicago Audubon Environmental Awards!

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 ~

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!

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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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EAGLE OPTICS DAY RETURNS!

CHICAGO AUDUBON IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE

EAGLE OPTICS DAY

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

AT THE TRADITIONAL LOCATION

THE NORTH PARK VILLAGE NATURE CENTER

5801 N PULASKI ROAD (BUILDING D)

10:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.

Chicago Audubon is delighted to welcome back our popular Eagle Optics Day! Eagle Optics is the largest independent dealer of high quality binocular, scopes, and all types of optical equipment and accessories. A variety of their equipment will be on display between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and experts will be available during those hours to answer questions and give guidance. Eagle Optics donates a portion of sales from the day to support the programs of Chicago Audubon. For those who have never attended one of our Eagle Optics Days and have never been to the Nature Center, please call our office for information and directions (773-539-6793). Parking is free and there will be light refreshments. This event is open to the public. Your do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to attend. Bring family and friends!

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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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MONTROSE BEACH DUNES NEEDS YOUR HELP!

To the Volunteers and Friends of Montrose Beach Dunes
Your 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!!
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Chicago Audubon Annual Appeal 2016

  ~~ 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!

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CHICAGO AUDUBON'S ANNUAL BIRD SEED SALE

~  CHICAGO AUDUBON ANNUAL BIRD SEED SALE 2016  ~

We wish to extend many, many thanks to

Good Earth Greenhouse in River Forest and to Nature House in Chicago

for hosting our pickup day for our bird seed sale in 2016.

Without your help and the help of all of our wonderful Volunteers,

this sale would not be possible!

We look forward to seeing you all again this coming Autumn.

Keep an eye on our website in early September

for publication of deadlines and pickup date.

Good Birding to all!

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CHICAGO AUDUBON'S FIRST ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS:

Congratulations to the winners of Chicago Audubon's First Annual Photo Contest. We would like to thank all of you who entered for sharing your beautiful images with us. We also thank our judges for their valuable time and support. And many thanks to the Field Museum and the Chicago Botanic Garden for donating prizes.

 

 1st Place:  Steven Jner Palm Warbler

 


2nd Place:  John Picken Mourning Warbler

 

3rd Place:  Jennifer Marshall Black-crowned Night Heron

 

 We look forward to seeing even more entries for Chicago Audubon's

Second Annual Photo Contest in 2017.

 Have a magical bird-filled summer!
 
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