The evening’s program, Climate Change and Birds in the Chicago Area, will be presented by Doug Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist of the Field Museum. Join us for this important program. Socializing and light refreshments at 7:00 p.m. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Chicago Audubon programs are always open to the public. Membership is not required. Bring family and friends!
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!
David Willard, President, Chicago Audubon Society
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.*
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.
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.
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/