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Biennial Environmental Awards Banquet and Annual Members Meeting

  • The White Eagle Restaurant 6839 N Milwaukee Road Niles, IL (map)

All Chicago Audubon Society (CAS) members are encouraged to join us as we honor people and organizations who have made valuable contributions to conservation, the protection of migratory birds and other wildlife, and have helped to conserve, preserve and enhance the varied habitats and open spaces of the greater Chicago region.

  • 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. - Social Time (Cash bar available all evening)

  • 6:00 p.m - Family style Dinner (Chicken, fish, and a number of vegetarian choices will be served at each table)

  • 7:30 p.m. - Awards and Program

$40 for Dinner and entire evening events

$5 to attend Awards and Program only. (Arrive at 7:30 p.m.)


The 2019 Chicago Audubon Environmental Award Recipients:


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.

Earlier Event: March 17
Wooded Island Bird Walk
Later Event: March 24
Wooded Island Bird Walk