Program begins at 7:30 p.m. (Socializing and refreshments at 7:00 p.m.) The abundant and amazing wildlife of the wide open expanses of southwestern Africa--which stretches across the countries of Namibia and Botswana--will all be presented by Josh Engel of the Field Museum. Josh has returned to Namibia and Botswana a dozen times in the last nine years, drawn there by the wonderful birding and wildlife, stunning scenery, and friendly people.
April 25 through May 23. Chicago Audubon is pleased to announce that our sister organization, the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM), will be participating in The Bird House Show, "Birds I Have Known," at the August House Studio located at 2113 West Roscoe in Chicago. Bird houses created and donated by CBCM volunteers and friends will be displayed and available for purchase with proceeds benefiting CBCM. This is a great opportunity to learn more about CBCM's conservation work and to see a wide variety of creative works.
The word Birdathon is a combining of the words birdwatching and marathon to describe a friendly sport which originated in England years ago. For the past fourteen years, the Chicago Audubon Society has held the Annual Dr. William S. Beecher Birdathon! Cup Challenge as one of our major fundraising events.* It involves teams of people competing to see how many different species of birds they can identify within a specified time limit.
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.
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.
The Redstart Connection is a grassroots effort to unite the bird conservation communities of the Chicago region and the Guatemalan cloud forest - to help the birds that we each enjoy in different seasons. Although the cultures and the political landscape may be different, the basic problem of habitat loss is the same. For more information on this BCN initiative click here.
Book Review by Gail Goldberger
A CENTURY OF CHANGE
ILLINOIS BIRDS: A CENTURY OF CHANGE
is published by the Illinois Natural History
Survey Special Publication 31, 2010, and
can be found at
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.
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!
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!
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.