EMERGENCY ALERT!

The US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently proposed strengthening the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (the MBTA). Possibly as a reaction to that proposal, the House of Representatives passed and sent to the Senate an appropriations bill, R2578, which we’ve been informed contains a very dangerous rider, Amendment 347. This Amendment would defund enforcement of the MBTA. This represents a frontal attack on the protection of birds. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act serves as powerful protection for birds. It is one of the oldest environmental laws in our country. Amendment 347 would bar the Department of Justice from enforcing the MBTA, essentially declaring that it’s open season on birds by entities such as large corporations--with no consequences for perpetrators. Any dilution of the Act when many bird species are already declining is totally unacceptable. Assuming you agree, please contact Senator Mark Kirk at (202) 224-2854 and Senator Dick Durbin at (202) 224-2152 as soon as possible and express your outrage. If you prefer (or in addition to phone calls) you can send a letter using The American Bird Conservancy’s form. Then tell every birder and every conservationist you know to do the same!

Your participation is vital to the protection of the future of migratory birds!

Thank you!

David Willard, President, Chicago Audubon Society

Birdathon! 2015 -- Donate At Any Time!

Location:
Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane or Will Counties

Birdathon! 2015 was great fun! Here is how it worked this year:  Birdathon teams combed Cook County (or Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane or Will) on the specified dates. This year those dates were Saturday, May 16 or Sunday, May 17 (or both if you had the energy). The teams identified as many species as they could within one day within the county of their choosing. This year the team Fields Flickers identified the most species (156) in the designated time period and will gain possession, for one year, of the coveted Beecher Cup.*

Eagle Optics Day was a Huge Success!

Our annual Eagle Optics Day was held in April at North Park Village Nature Center and a good time was had by all! Once again, we thank the Eagle Optics experts for their willingness to answer questions and give guidance about optic equipment of all kinds. We thank them for their generous donation to Chicago Audubon of a portion of all sales.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind About Birdfeeders - in the Winter and All Year

Feeder Placement for Reducing Window Strikes—Placement of feeders within three feet of a window or more than 30 feet away from a window are the safest positions. When feeders are close to a window, a bird leaving the feeder cannot gain enough momentum to do itself harm if it strikes the window.

Illinois Birds: A Century of Change

Book Review by Gail Goldberger

 

ILLINOIS BIRDS:
A CENTURY OF CHANGE

Illinois Birds: A Century of Change cover art

ILLINOIS BIRDS: A CENTURY OF CHANGE
is published by the Illinois Natural History
Survey Special Publication 31, 2010, and
can be found at
https://shop.inrs.illinois.edu/inhs-spec-pub.html.

Summary

Commissioned by the Illinois Natural History Survey, data compiled from bird counts at three fifty-year intervals, and repeated at the same locations, make up the oldest standardized survey in the nation.

CAS Wooded Island Birdwalks - Saturdays

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Dec 26 2015 .
Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 26, 2015 - 8:00am
Location:
Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of Museum of Science and Industry, in Chicago's Jackson Park.

Chicago's Jackson Park.
Every Saturday at 8:00 a.m.

These wonderful walks continue throughout the year. Bring binoculars, field guides, and dress for the weather. Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of Museum of Science and Industry. To read a Chicago Tribune article on Wooded Island by Barbara Brotman from September 5, 2012, click here!

Skokie Lagoons workdays

Repeats every month on the second Saturday 12 times .
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 9:00am
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Location:
Tower Road parking lot, east of the lagoon bridge.

10:00 a.m. every second Saturday of the month.
These workdays are continuous throughout the year.

The Chicago Audubon Society sponsors regular monthly workdays at Skokie Lagoons every second Saturday of the month. Activities include buckthorn cutting, brush pile burning, and other management activities. Wear work clothes. Meet at the Tower Road parking lot, east of the lagoon bridge. For further information, please call Dave Kosnik at (847) 456-6368. Everyone is welcome!

The City Dark

The City Dark Ian Cheney’s 2011 award winning documentary – The City Dark – gives audiences an appreciation of what is being lost as we live in a world that is increasingly filled with light pollution. Besides no longer being able to enjoy stars in a night sky or inquire about the cosmos by peering deep into space – there are real dangers to human health and the well-being of the planet when we live in a 24-hour light cycle.

Migratory birds fatally attracted to urban lighting, baby turtles disoriented and confused by beach front lights are all victims of the rapid introduction of excessive outdoor lighting that has occurred in just the last generation. Changing light in the environment is altering habitat in a way that is not good for nature and humans.

Delta Dispatches: The latest news on efforts to restore Coastal Louisiana

National Audubon, among other organizations, co-sponsors Delta Dispatches, an online newsletter that keeps us abreast of current environmental updates regarding Coastal Louisiana. This website is a great resource for the latest information on the region: www.mississippiriverdelta.org/

Volunteers Needed to Help Save the Birds!

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors is looking for volunteers to assist in their conservation and rescue efforts for migratory birds in downtown Chicago and outlying areas. Help rescue the birds! CBCM is a conservation project of the Chicago Audubon Society. For further information, please call (773) 988-1867.

For even more info go to www.birdmonitors.net

What to do if you find an entangled bird:

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