Chicago Audubon Annual Appeal 2014

At this time of year when you are swamped with requests for charitable donations, we hope that you will consider including Chicago Audubon Society in your end-of-the-year giving. If you would like to help us maintain our educational and environmental missions, we would appreciate any contribution you are able to give. You can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here, or if you prefer, you may call our office (773-539-6793).

Chicago Audubon Program - Backyard Birds

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Location:
Eisenhower Public Library District, 4613 North Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, Illinois

GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS IN YOUR BACKYARDS AND NEIGHBORHOOD. 

Enjoy their beauty and become more aware of what they are doing as you watch them. This presentation will help you learn more about their lives, behaviors, songs, and what you can do to attract them to your yard. The program will be presented by Roberta Asher, Chicago Audubon Board Member. If you have any questions or need directions, please contact Penny Blubaugh at 708-867-2258.

Willowbrook Wildlife calendar

Help protect migratory birds with the purchase of a Willowbrook Wildlife calendar featuring Chicago Bird Collision Monitors.

2015 Willowbrook Wildlife calendar

The calendar includes fabulous Wild Birds Flying photos by Paul Nelson celebrating the miracle and beauty of bird flight.

Purchase the calendar online

call CAS at 773-539-6793, or send a check for $11 per calendar with your mailing address to:

Chicago Audubon Society
5801-C N Pulaski Rd
Chicago IL 60646

Purchase your 2015 Calendars now – they are “flying off the shelves!”

Thank you for helping us help the birds.

 

What to do if you see a Whooping Crane ~

whooping crane photo

Photo by Klaus Nigge. National Geographic

 

This is migration time … just a friendly reminder …
Please keep the following guidelines in mind if you sight one of these magnificent birds: The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership asks anyone who encounters a Whooping Crane in the wild to please give it the respect and distance it needs. Do not approach birds on foot within 600 feet, or if on a public road, do not approach within 300 feet. Please remain concealed and do not speak loudly enough that the bird can hear you. Finally, do not trespass on private property in an attempt to view them (or any other bird). Please do not report the bird on a birding list such as ibird or IBET or any social media. Also, do not report your sighting to the news media. To safely report a Whooping Crane sighting, go to fws.gov/midwest/whoopingcrane/sighting/sightingform.cfm. For general information on the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, go to www.bringbackthecranes.org/index.html.

The Redstart Project: An initiative of the Bird Conservation Network

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.

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
www.inhs.illinois.edu/resources/newpubs.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 until Wed Dec 31 2014 .
Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 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!

CAS Wooded Island Birdwalks - Wednesdays

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Dec 31 2014 .
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 7:15am
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 7:15am
Location:
Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of Museum of Science and Industry, in Chicago's Jackson Park.

Chicago's Jackson Park.
Every Wednesday at 7:15 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.

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