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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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Tales from the Bird Crypt
September 8, 2016
Josh Engel is no stranger to the DuPage Birding club, as he has given talks in the past years that have always been interesting and informative. Josh has been watching birds since before he knew there was such a thing as bird watching. His twenty year association with the Field Museum goes back to his freshman year of high school, when he interned to fulfill a requirement for his biology class. He has worked at the Field Museum full time in the capacity of research assistant and bird specialist since 2010. He has participated in five Field Museum expeditions and manages the “Field Museum birds” Facebook page. Before Moving back to Chicago, Josh lived in Ecuador for six months and South Africa for nearly four years working as a full time birding guide for Tropical Birding. He still gets back to Africa once a year to lead a tour.
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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Thursday, August 18, 5:00 p.m.
Fermi lab, Batavia…Please Pre-Register
Leaders: Bob and Jean Spitzer
Thursday, August 4, 6:00 p.m.
Know Your Neighborhood: Wheaton
Leader: Glenn Perricone
Saturday, August 13, 7:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Leader: Jeff Reiter
Thursday August 11, 6:00 p.m.
Know Your Neighborhood: Wood Dale
Leaders: Glenn Perricone
Saturday, August 6, 7:30 a.m.
Pratts Wayne Forest Preserve, Wayne
Leaders: Kyle Wiktor
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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.
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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!
The hottest, most humid weather so far this summer is upon us, as I write this message. Although spring migration seems like it ended not long ago, some of our summer-resident birds are now nesting a second time, and the first wave of migratory shorebirds heading south for the winter has already been landing at local wetlands and flooded farm fields in DuPage and neighboring counties. Solitary, Least, and Semipalmated Sandpipers are being seen with regularity in our area, along with summer-resident Spotted Sandpipers. Sanderlings and a few American Avocets have been reported from the shores of Lake Michigan, and Stilt Sandpipers have been spotted in far-southern Cook County. The first Short-billed Dowitchers of the season in DuPage County have been observed foraging at Fermilab’s AE Sea this week. And two adult Black-necked Stilts (a striking-looking species occasionally seen in our area usually during spring and fall migration) have nested in rural Kane County and are now caring for two juveniles in a flooded field near Sugar Grove, IL!
The DuPage Birding Club helped birders prepare for fall migration with its July 14 program, “All About Sparrows”, presented by club member Denis Kania. Birders in our area are able to see many migratory sparrows in spring. But few are lucky enough to glimpse the golden-orange-patterned Nelson’s and LeConte’s Sparrows at that time of year, and most must wait until September to try to see them. Attendees at the July DBC meeting are better prepared to find and identify not only these two beautiful species this fall, but also to identify adults in fall and juveniles in the field now of several other potentially-confusing sparrow species, thanks to the guidance Denis provided.
DBC encourages families with young birders to check out a late-summer opportunity on August 27, 2016, to meet other young birders, to bird with them, and to hear presentations given by young birders and professionals at the 1st Annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium at the Brushwood Center, located in the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods, Illinois. The Illinois Young Birders club, a group sponsored by the Illinois Ornithological Society, is organizing the event, and DBC is a proud sponsor of their inaugural symposium. For more information about the ILYB and the symposium, check out the following links:
DBC thanks its members who have already renewed their annual memberships! Your response to our new online membership-renewal option has been great. If you have not yet renewed your DBC membership, you can still do so in one of three ways: (1) online, at http://www.dupagebirding.org/page7.html; (2) by regular mail, using the application form on the DBC website; or (3) in person at the next DBC meeting. Thank you for your support!
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Saturday, August 20, 7:30am
Wood Dale-Itasca Reservoir & Itasca Wetlands
Leader: Nancy Huck
Saturday, August 27, 7:30 a.m.
Greene Valley, Woodridge
Leader: Margie and Alan Busic
Sunday, August 28, 6:00 a.m.
Momence Sod Farms and Nearby Sites TBA (Kankakee County) Pre-registration required
Leader: Jeff Smith
Sunday, August 28, 7:30 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Leader: Kyle Wiktor
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.