The BioBlitz is Coming!
This is the year of the BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is a survey in a specific area to identify as many species as possible (plants, birds, mammals, insects, etc.) over a certain time period and is meant to create an ecological snapshot of the plants and animals that live there.
DuPage Birding Club members will have two opportunities to participate in these fun and historic events. While both surveys will have professionals on site, they are also looking for citizen scientists to participate. Participants are not required to volunteer for the entire time period.
1. The DuPage County Forest Preserve is celebrating its 100-year anniversary with a Centennial BioBlitz beginning at 5 pm on Friday, June 26 to 5 pm on Saturday June 27. The survey will cover the highest quality habitats at Blackwell, St. James Farm, Herrick Lake and Danada. If you are interested in participating, please complete the Citizen Scientists’ Survey by mid-April. Copy and paste the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CitizenScientistSurvey. In the affiliation block, enter the DuPage Birding Club if you want to be on a club team. They also are surveying other groups of organisms (e.g., butterflies and dragonflies) for which some DBC members may want to participate. Carl Strang of the DFP will be at the March meeting to give a short briefing and answer any questions.
Also, to help celebrate its 100-year anniversary, the DuPage Forest Preserve is planning an open house on Saturday, June 27 from 11 am to 5 pm at St. James Farm Forest Preserve. There will be hands-on exhibits, field-study demonstrations, lectures and programs that celebrate northeastern Illinois’ biodiversity. The DBC Outreach Committee is coordinating our participation in this event.
2. The Dixon Waterfowl Refuge will host a BioBlitz from 12 noon on Saturday, June 13 to 12 noon Sunday, June 14. The area to be covered is located at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes, located in north-central Illinois just south of the town of Hennepin. Registration for this event will open in the spring, so save the date. If you have any questions please contact Vera Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (312) 922-0777, ext. 130.
In addition to the above events, the Cook County Forest Preserve is also commemorating their 100th anniversary with a celebration from September 25 – 27, 2015. They will be celebrating with 100 different events. The DBC is also participating in this event through the Outreach Committee.
As a member of the DuPage Birding Club, you receive an Eagle Optics discount for 10% off of any non-sale Eagle Optics, Atlas Optics, or Vortex items, and 5% off any non-sale product manufactured by anyone else (Leica excluded).
This and That…
Welcome to the DuPage Birding Club!
Founded in 1985, the DuPage Birding Club is nationally known as one of the largest and most active birding groups in Illinois. Our mission is to promote birding among our 200+ members and the general public through education and field experiences that take advantage of the various habitats in DuPage County, the greater Chicago area, and other regional hotspots.
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Pratt’s Wayne Woods FP - October 18, 2014
Yesterday, I substituted for Kyle Wiktor on the DuPage Birding Club field trip at Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve. We had two good birders participate with me. Tom Lebryk participated with his pocket electronics and his new large telescope. Bryan Pugh is a new DBC member and wanted to check out the preserve. He has birding experience and great ability to spot the birds. I also brought our spotting scope, which we used for part of the birding.
We went to four locations at Pratt's Wayne Woods: Harrier Lake, Yellow Barn, Eastside "Dog Park", and the main area on the west side of Powis with all of the trails. The "Dog Park" location entailed a walk some distance into the fields and bogs on the east side of Powis Road. The west side was full of people on this opening day of fishing (all parking spots taken), but they were not at our birding locations. At the end of our time we made a short visit to James "Pate" Philip (formerly Tri-County) State Park, which offered no new species. The three of us worked the preserve for about 5 hours, both to get birds (checklist) and to acquaint Bryan with the site.
Hennepin Area/Peacock Marsh Field Trip Report - October 16, 2014
I have attached some photos we took on our DBC Field Trip to the Hennepin Area (see ) last Saturday, Oct 26th. Some indicate the 1000's of birds, some pick up the variety (digi-scope), some show specific birds (e.g., snipe and eagle), and a few show birders.
We had a great experience with thousands of birds (see Bureau County checklist and Peacock Marsh checklist). All told we listed about 75 species.
Wild Things Conference
If you missed the sixth biennial Wild Thinks Conference in January, you missed an exceptional day of presentations by the grassroots conservation community of the Chicago Wilderness Region. A record 1,624 people registered for the event and there were 169 presenters. The DBC sponsored an exhibit at the conference. This is a picture of our Outreach Coordinator Nicole Goers and member Ron Skleney with the exhibit. The worst aspect about this conference is that it is only one day and you can’t possibly see all the speakers you want but it is definitely worth attending and I encourage all to attend the next conference in two years.
Channahon - November 22, 2014
Our DuPage Birding Club field trip to the Channahon area was successful. We used the McDonalds/BP of I-55 on Hwy 6 as the rendezvous string point at 8:00am. We had six birders: Ted Wolff and guest Susan, Tom Lebryk, Jan Susner, plus Jean and myself. (We expected some others, we waited, but alas we needed to move on).
The cloudy and chilly morning turned out to be reasonable for birding. We visited four general locations: Des Plaines River views off Front Road east of Channahon, the boat launch further west on Front Road, The McKinley Woods [more].
Next Club Meeting
April 9, 2015 7:30 p.m
Topic: A Birder’s Trip to Cuba
This will be a multi-media presentation about the IOS-sponsored trip to Cuba last year. Cuba is one of the most important countries for neotropical migratory birds. A total of 370 species have been recorded on the island. Cuba has 26 endemic bird species and 25 endemic subspecies including the small, but spectacularly colorful, Cuban Tody, the elegant Cuban Trogon, and the Bee Hummingbird (the tiniest hummingbird in the world). This presentation will highlight many of the birds seen on this trip. In addition, Cuba is an island full of 50’s nostalgia, enchanting scenery, rich culture, friendly people, spectacular architecture, and alluring music. Experience the sights and sounds of today’s Cuba, from the street scenes and music of Havana, to pastoral countryside. Learn what to expect when you go birding in Cuba – birds and then some.
Bobbi is an avid birdwatcher and, since retiring, she has pursued that passion and travelled around the world to see birds. She has been actively involved in bird conservation as the Vice-President of the Bird Conservation Network, a Board member of the Chicago Audubon Society and a member of the Chicago Mayor’s Nature and Wildlife Committee. She also is participating in a teaching program jointly sponsored by the Chicago Public Schools and Openlands that involves visiting Chicago public elementary schools and talking to the students about the birds in their neighborhoods. She is currently the bird monitor for Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve in River Forest.
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Fermilab Christmas Bird Count - December 20, 2014
106 birders covered the Christmas Bird count led by organizer Jeff Chapman. A total of 82 species were tallied with 6 new record highs along with 1 new species (Orange-Crowned Warbler) seen. A final count of 33,812 birds were seen for a very successful count. Beer and pizza followed even though there was no heat in the restaurant. For a complete listing of the day’s events here.
DBC Member’s Night Presenters
From Left: Dharma Alagaratnam, Chuck Berman, Mike Greer, E.J. Neafsey,John Cebula, John Baker, Bonnie Graham, Tom Lebryk, Urs Geiser (standing in for Stephen Wild) , Jean Spitzer (standing in for Sid Padgaonkar).
Cantigny - March 14, 2015
Today's monthly bird walk at Cantigny Park, co-sponsored by the DuPage Birding Club, was attended by 38 birders. Thirty (30) species were seen or heard. It was a fine morning to be outside, especially after the brutally cold walks we endured in January and February. Most of our time was on the golf course and the extra walking paid off with excellent views of Red-Headed Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird and at least three Red-Tailed Hawks. It was also nice to see Red-Winged Blackbirds, our first of the year.
Kudos to Glenn P. for identifying a flyover Horned Lark by ear! While not new to the Cantigny all-time list, it was the first lark ever recorded during a monthly bird walk. At the end of the walk, outside the Visitor Center, we were reviewing our day list. Some of us were wishing we could have seen just one more species to make an even 30. Naturally, at that moment, a beautiful Cooper's Hawk flew right over our heads! We all had nice views and it made a great ending to a fun morning. Cantigny volunteers Joan Campbell and Jim Frazier assisted with today's walk -- thanks! The next Cantigny Bird Walk will be Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 am. Once again we'll meet at the Visitor Center.
Here's the complete list of today' sightings: [more]
See you soon and enjoy the spring migration -- IT'S ON!
Cantigny Birding Program Coordinator
Sunday, March 29, 8:00 a.m.
Palos Area-McGinnis Slough: Waterfowl and More (Pre-registration required) Leaders: Bob & Jean Spitzer
Wednesday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. Heron Rookery, Danada Forest Preserve
Leaders: Bob & Jean Spitzer
Saturday, April 4, 8:15-11:00 a.m. Fermilab, Batavia (Pre-registration required)
Leader: Glenn Perricone
Friday, April 10, 8:00 –11:00 a.m. Heritage Quarries Recreational Area (Lemont), Sag Quarries, & Saganashkee Slough Leader: Vicky Sroczynski
Saturday, April 11, 7:30 a.m. (Note new start time) Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Leaders: Jeff Reiter
Sunday, April 12, 6:30 a.m. Hennepin Area, Illinois River (Pre-registration required)
Leaders: Jeff Smith
Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m. Woodcocks, Greene Valley Forest Preserve
Leaders: Jeff Smith
Fox River Trip - Feb 28, 2015
Counting Jean and me, we had 10 birders participating in today's cold, but sunny, Fox River Field Trip. Our Birders were Kim Burnham , Andrew & Rebecca Steinmann, Mark Bavetz & Pam Rawls, Steve Fluett, Bonnie Graham and Stephen Wild. They spotted and identified the birds. I have enclosed a group photo taken by Jean.
We followed the plan as advertised. A large portion of the Fox River was frozen over, but we did find some open water. We started at Red Oak Nature Center on Rte. 25. The Fox River was totally frozen over at this spot. After getting a dozen species in the woods, we drove north to Lippold Preserve. We walked through the snow to pick up some more species. Our third stop was Glenwood, where the River was flowing. We picked up some good species. We crossed the river on Wilson Street and visited Quarry Park. We got more birds. At that point we decided not to visit Les Arends Preserve, as it was back south where the River was iced over. So, it was off to Panera Bread for something to eat and some good conversation. We were all done at shortly after noon.
I have made a composite listing of the 21 species we saw, along with my guess on numbers. It was a good morning of birding. See results.
Friday, April 17, 7:30 a.m. Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien
Leaders: Vicky Sroczynski
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. Whalon Lake, Bolingbrook, Will County
Leaders: Jim Hedges
Sunday, April 19, 8:00 a.m. Nelson Lake, Dick Young Forest Preserve, Batavia
Leaders: John Duerr
Saturday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Leader: Kyle Wiktor
Sunday, April 26, 7:30 a.m. Cricket Creek Forest Preserve, Addison
Leaders: Lisa Hepes
Thursday, April 30, 7:30 a.m. Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook (Birding, Buildings, and Photography)
Leaders: Vicky Sroczynski
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