ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS BANQUET & Annual Members Meeting, White Eagle Restaurant, Niles

The White Eagle Restaurant, 6839 N Milwaukee Road, Niles
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 5:00pm

Chicago Audubon's Biennial Environmental Awards Banquet

and Annual Members Meeting

 Saturday, March 23, 2019

Location:  White Eagle Events & Convention Center

6839 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles

(Registration for this event is now closed.)

Chicago Audubon will honor local conservation heroes - individuals who have dedicated themselves to help mend the earth and transform places, large and small, into safe havens for migratory birds and wildlife. They work in woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and rivers - both in Chicago and in the suburbs -- helping to conserve, preserve and enhance natural habitats and open spaces.

The 2019 Chicago Audubon Environmental Award Recipients are:


The Craig Stettner Award for Environmental Education:

 Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, President, Moraine Valley Community College


Excellence in Environmental Reporting – Broadcast:

Jerome McDonnell, WBEZ “Worldview”


Protector of the Environment – Political Advocacy:

Friends of the Forest Preserve


Protector of the Environment – Single Act, Individual:

Jerry Goldner, CAS Photo Contest, Facebook group and page administrator


Protector of the Environment – Avocation:

Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman, Stewards, Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary, Evanston

Ted Jindrich and Alycia Kluenenberg, Stewards, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago


Protector of the Environment – Vocation:

Howard A. Learner, Environmental Law and Policy Center


Protector of the Environment – Group:

Orland Grasslands Stewards and Volunteers


First Friend of Chicago Audubon:

Pat Durkin, Wooded Island/Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary Bird Walks


Service to Chicago Area Birders:

Greg Neise, Web Developer, American Birding Association; Administrator, Illinois Facebook Birding Groups; Illinois Birder’s Forum founder


Young Environmentalist:

Oliver Burrus, Whimbrel Birders Club


Following dinner and the Presentation of Awards, a brief CAS annual Members meeting and board member election will be convened.  

The program for the evening will be presented by Mr. Jerome McDonnell host of WBEZ Worldview: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Birds." Jerome will talk about his own development as a nature lover and changing philosophy about covering environmental topics. He will also share his perspective on advocacy work from his years of radio conversations.


Chicago Audubon Bird Walk, Brezina Woods, Westchester

Chicago Audubon Bird Walk

Brezina Woods, Westchester

Wednesday, March 27, 8:00 a.m.

Visit an under-birded forest preserve that can be very productive during migration. We’ll look for remnant wintering species and early spring migrants, possibly Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Eastern Phoebes, Kinglets, Fox Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Be prepared for muddy conditions. Park at the easternmost end of the parking area, east side of Mannheim Rd. between Cermak and 31st. Entrance is just south of the bridge over Salt Creek. Leader: Doug Stotz ([email protected]).

(Brezina Woods Bird Walks will continue on the 4th Wednesday of the month

through November, except June.)


New booklet! Partnering for Birds

Chicago Audubon Society has partnered with the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Bird Conservation Network to produce a booklet about Bird Conservation in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.  Maps of birds of concern, best practices, success stories, resources and more.  This book is intended for use by bird monitors, stewards, land managers, researchers, birders, journalists and conservationists. Download the PDF here.


Chicago Audubon Native Plant Sale

Chicago Audubon Native Plant Sale

thru May 19, 2019

Purchase native plants online now for pick up

in mid to late May*

Help the Birds and the Environment Enjoy a beautiful blooming native garden Chicago Audubon Society Online Native Plant Sale offers a wide variety of perennials, shrubs and trees, which you can order online and pick up at your convenience. Proceeds of sale help to fund CAS’s successful bird conservation programs such as the push for a bird- friendly buildings ordinance.

Chicago Audubon Society is working with Natural Communities to provide native plants from local ecotypes for sale, many of which are difficult to find in the retail sector. Indigenous species have adapted to our local conditions over many centuries, growing naturally without fertilizers, supplemental irrigation or herbicides. Whether your landscape is sunny, shady or in between, there will be many perennials, shrubs and trees to choose from. Native plants provide food for pollinators, birds and other wildlife; shelter for wildlife— and they are beautiful.

Chicago Audubon will receive 10% on sales of plants, shrubs, trees.

CLICK HERE for information and to place your order. (At the link, order the plants you want. At checkout, make sure "CAS 2019" auto populates in the discount box.)

To receive your plants you have two options. For a fee you can have the plants shipped directly to your house, or for free you can choose local pickup in Batavia. The plants would be planned to be ready in late May. Once you receive an email indicating the plants are ready, you can pick them up any day of the week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (This option risks less damage to your plants.) Make a day of it! There are many great birding sites near Batavia including Fermi Lab.

 *A few select plant species may not be ready until late spring or early summer and will not be ready for pick up in late May. This is unpredictable from year to year and is dependent upon the number of sunny days and temperatures we receive.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Bradt at (312) 203-4085 or [email protected]



Chicago Audubon Society Strategic Plan 2019-2020

All communities in our region understand, value and protect birds, other wildlife and habitat.

Chicago Audubon Society connects people with birds and nature through educational programming, field trips, advocacy, stewardship and research.

Problem-solving, collaborative, science-based, welcoming, inclusive, enthusiastic about learning and teaching about birds and nature.

Long Term Outcomes
All our diverse communities have access to habitats that support birds.
All our diverse communities have access to educational experiences that foster an understanding of bird biology, identification and conservation.
All our diverse communities engage in activities that promote bird welfare and healthy habitat.
Diverse habitats in the CAS region support stable or increasing populations of nesting and migrating birds.
Public policies exist that reduce threats and protect habitat.

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