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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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Next Club Meeting
A Real Life Horned Owl Soap Opera
October 13, 2016
Our speaker that evening will be Karla Bloem founder and executive director of the International Owl center. She acquired Alice the Great Horned Owl to use in educational programs in 1998 and began studying Great Horned Owl vocalization in 2004. Karla is now the world authority on their vocalizations and has given presentations in the Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, and Italy. Alice’s popularity led Karla to create the International Festival of Owls, the only full-weekend, all- owl event in North America and has served as the inspiration for similar events in Italy and Nepal. Karla and Alice testified before the Minnesota house and Senate environment committees to successfully gain protection for the Great Horned Owls in 2005. Karla received the Brother Theodore Voelker Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union in 2001 and was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2008. Karla has also assisted the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, author Stan Tekiela, British filmmaker Fergus Beeley, and several other authors and producers with various Owl projects.
Her topic will be “a real life Great Horned Owl Soap Opera”. Featuring the star of the show, Alice.
Please join us for our pre-meeting dinner at 6:00 pm at Panera Bread located at 541 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn.
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Saturday September 10, 7:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Leader: Jeff Reiter
Saturday, September 3, 7:30 a.m. Birding plus Breakfast Brunch Pate Phillips State Park/Tri County Park, Bartlett
Leader: Bob and Jean Spitzer
Thursday, September 8, 7:30 a.m.
Knoch Knolls Nature Center & Park in S. Naperville
Leader: Marcia and Lee Nye
Wednesday, September 7, 7:30 a.m.
Greene Valley, Woodridge
Leaders: Mike Madsen
Tuesday, September 6, 8 a.m.
Bemis Woods North, Western Springs
Leaders: Linda Padera
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Meacham Grove - May 7, 2015
Jean and I, along with Nancy and Leslie, took the Meacham Grove field trip on Tuesday morning, May 7th. The weather was great. We saw some nice birds. Our tally was 32 species. Note that the large area that at one time was a wet marsh is now quite dry, owing to draining. Further, this trip came before the heavy rains of late. The vernal ponds were dry back in the woods. Leslie and I spent a lot of time looking for warblers in the western part of the preserve. We were not rewarded for our effort. Hence our tally was less than in past years.
I filed our listing on the Club's eBird account. A copy of the listing is attached in PDF format. We took a some photos with my pocket Lumix camera. I have attached a selection just for fun. Jean and I have 2 more DuPage Birding Club field trips remaining for May.
Cantigny July 9, 2016
Cantigny Park and the DuPage Birding Club continued a fun and educational tradition today at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton. For the 8th consecutive year, Cantigny Volunteer Ray Feld presented "Purple Martins 101," an informative and hands-on workshop. Thirty-five birders attended and at least 15 had not seen Ray's program before. Thanks to all who visited Cantigny today!
After sharing some facts and history about purple martins and describing how he maintains the Cantigny colony, Ray gave us a close-up look at some young martins by lowering one of the apartment houses. A lot of work goes into keeping the martins safe and healthy as Ray explained. At a minimum, weekly visits during the April-August nesting season are essential. In addition to managing the purple martin colony, Ray and his wife Cecilia monitor the 50 bluebird boxes at Cantigny Golf and Cantigny Park. We saw a lot of bluebirds today and we owe that in large part to these two amazing and dedicated Cantigny volunteers.Thanks also to Cantigny Golf for making birds and other wildlife a priority and for sharing the property with the birders. We all appreciate the access! Before, during and after Ray's program we managed to see or hear 42 species of birds. Among the highlights were a very cooperative pair of Red-Headed Woodpeckers in the "allee" between Hillside hole #1 and the driving range. We suspect the birds have a nest in that location. I will keep a close eye on the area and watch for young birds
Thanks again to Ray for today's presentation and also to Joan Campbell and Jim Frazier for assisting with the event. Joan and Jim are Cantigny volunteers and also members of the DuPage Birding Club. Jim, by the way, took the photo above. The next Cantigny Bird Walk is Saturday, August 13, at Cantigny Park. We will gather behind the Visitors Center at 7:30 am.
Pate Phillips State Park/Tri County Park - Sept. 5, 2015
We had a successful DBC Field Trip on Saturday morning, Sept 5th. Per our plan, we met at the Pate Philips Tri-County State Park at 7:30am. Three birders came who were new to DBC field trips. They told us they had a good experience and we invited them to our next Club Meeting. More birders came from the Club. Our birders were all with some experience and several brought some nice cameras. Counting Jean and myself, we had 12 birders on this outing.
We checked the birds at "Tri-County" for the next two hours. The weather was warm, but close to ideal. We were able to see lots of birds and some very nice species. I kept the log and tried to get everyone's input. The bird totals for each species represent a rough interpretation of what was being seen, given the many inputs. Others may have their own list. I have filed the results with eBird under our DBC account. Per my tally, we logged 29 species on this outing. I have attached a PDF copy of the listing.
Per the eBird history, we got to see birds that might be expected this time of the year. Some birds were not seen, such as the Osprey. Several birds were intriguing. We got to see a Northern Waterthrush on a sand bar in the creek. We got to see and hear the Sora in the brush near the bear dam on the creek. I took some photos with my pocket camera. Jon Grainger got the only shot of the illusive Sora. I have attached several of my shots, including Cormorants, Cedar Waxwings, plus the Sora photo from Jon. We all elected to stop birding at 9:30am. (We did not explore Pratt's Wayne Woods). Some had other commitments. For myself, I had a doctor's appointment to address my head cold. Jean and three others went on to the Savoury Pancake Café for brunch and good conversation. Two of the breakfast group were new to the DBC.
The DuPage Birding Club has changed vendors for its logo-embroidered apparel. Members are now able to view, select, and order shirts, jackets, hats, and tote bags embroidered with the DBC logo at our new online store operated by Hyperstitch, Inc., in Marengo, IL. Just click on the following link to visit our new store:
Orders will be shipped directly to customers. Items are available for men and women in a range of styles, sizes, and colors. Sizing charts can be found by clicking on “Support & Services” in the menu bar at the top of the store’s webpage. (If a youth-sized version is needed, that request can be made in the “Order Notes” box at the lower left corner of the checkout page.) Shipping and taxes are calculated and added to the order online. Payment can be made to Hyperstitch either online via credit card or PayPal, or by mail via personal check after submitting an order online.
Check out our new store! If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Sroczynski at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you find sick, injured, or orphaned native wildlife, you can contact the Willowbrook Wildlife Center for assistance. NOTE: Please read the acceptance policy on their website before bringing an animal to their facility!
As I write this message, fall migration of shorebirds has been underway in NE Illinois for more than a month, and other migratory birds are beginning to show up in our area as they make their way south. The first reports of Olive-sided Flycatchers in DuPage County came very early in August. In the past week, sightings of Tennessee, Nashville, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Mourning, Connecticut, Black-and-white, and Canada Warblers, along with increased sightings of American Redstarts, have been reported in DuPage and nearby counties. The first Philadelphia Vireos and Swainson’s Thrushes of the season also were reported in DuPage County this week. Broad-winged Hawks, usually the earliest of the migratory raptors in our area, are already being reported heading south along the lakefront. While more fall-migratory birds will be arriving soon for brief layovers, winter-resident birds will begin showing up in September, too.
Some of our summer-resident species are still being reported regularly (for example, Gray Catbirds and Indigo Buntings), while others are being reported in much smaller numbers or not at all (notably, Tree Swallows, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks). The latest birds to begin breeding in our area, American Goldfinches, are busy tending their fledglings now.
The DuPage Birding Club is offering 14 field trips in September to see fall-migratory birds, the last of our summer-breeding birds, and, yes, even the first of our winter-resident birds in DuPage, Kane, and Cook Counties. Check out DBC’s extensive field-trip lineup for September inside Drummings and on the club’s website at www.dupagebirding.org.
DBC again thanks its members who have renewed their annual memberships. Thank you for your continued support!
August 24, 2016
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Sunday, September 11, 8:15 a.m.
Leader: Glenn Perricone
Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 a.m.
Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, Winfield--Pre-registration required
Leader: Kyle Wiktor
Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 AM-9:00am
York Woods, Oak Brook
Leader: Kathy Mineck
Thursday September 15, 6:00 p.m.
Know Your Neighborhood: Naperville
Leader: Glenn Perricone
9th Annual Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival - Feb, 2016
Six DBC members attended the 9th Annual Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival in the Duluth, Minn., area in February. Pictured, clockwise from top left, are Roger Zacek, Diane Meiborg, Joan Campbell, Ed Campbell, Chuck Berman and Jeff Reiter.
Saturday, September 17, 7:00 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Leader: Kyle Wiktor
Sunday, September 18, 7:00 a.m.
Montrose Migration (Chicago Lakefront)
CANCELED!!!! See Field Trips page for more details.
Sunday, September 18, 8:00 a.m.
Greene Valley, Woodridge
Leader: Bonnie Graham
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Greene Valley FP Hawk Watch Part 1
Leader: Vicky Scroczynski
Sunday, September 25, 7:30 a.m.
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, Kane County
Leader: Jon Duerr