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:  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 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.

Margie Busic


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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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Field Trip Participants: Please dress warm and dry for field trip weather and trail conditions. We expect everyone to enjoy birding in a safe manner by being careful and prudent.

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Glacial Park Conservation Area, McHenry, IL - October 25, 2014

The DuPage Birding Club had a trip to Glacial Park Conservation Area in McHenry County on October 25. It was the club's first autumn trip to this site, and we enjoyed a beautiful day. Besides birds, we saw butterflies (one Monarch, one Cabbage White, and four Sulphurs); we also saw a small Red-bellied Snake.
Club member Bob Spitzer had prepared a spread sheet detailing the species we were likely to encounter based on previous published reports. We saw about 40% of those species. Although of [more]

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To order, download a copy of the order sheet and fill out your order. Drop off the completed sheet with payment to Vicky Sroczynski at   the next DBC meeting. Merchandise can be picked up   at the following DBC meeting date.

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Midewin Trip - July 5, 2014

We had some decent weather for a late afternoon walk at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on the 5th of July and the birds cooperated as well. Thirteen birders started at the Iron Bridge Trailhead and hiked east. Several House Wrens chattered away as we walked through the wood lot next to the parking lot. Entering the grasslands we stopped to look at Dickcissels and Indigo Buntings before proceeding after our target species. We went east on the southern leg of the Group 63 trail where several Grasshopper Sparrows and Eastern Meadowlarks were calling. We eventually got decent looks at the former as well as Bobolink. A Blue Grosbeak could be heard up ahead but before we could walk toward it another popped up on the fence nearby. A couple pairs of Northern Mockingbirds flew back and forth across the trail as we headed for the "Shrike" spot. Scanning the fences we saw a Loggerhead Shrike perched in the distance. It stayed long enough for a couple of us to get scope views. We moved on to get better looks. Reaching the corner of the fence line we could now see 3 Loggerhead Shrikes on the fence. This time everyone got good looks. We pushed forward to see if we could locate the other shrike family a quarter mile up the road. Trip lists can be seen at:

A Visit To the National Aviary

Although I have managed to work in some birding on nearly every trip I have taken, I have never taken a trip for the expressed purpose of birding.  Like many of you, birding has to take place in the cracks and crevices of my family and professional life.  I was delighted, therefore, when on an August visit to some friends in Pittsburgh, they suggested we visit the National Aviary.

Some history: Even though the U.S. Congress honored the aviary in 1993 by allowing it to call itself the “national” aviary, the aviary is not connected with the federal government. Located in a park on the city’s north side, the aviary was built by the city of Pittsburgh in 1952, but because the city was losing its tax base, the aviary’s public funding ended in 1991. At that time, volunteers and community leaders developed a business plan and raised money that allowed the aviary to continue operations.  Since then, various capital campaigns and donations have allowed the aviary to continue, as well as to expand its [more….]

Greene Valley Hawk Watching Field Trip Report

Even though this was ʻpart oneʼ of our Hawk Watch series of field trips, it should have been called ʻpart threeʼ as temperatures were more typical of November than September. Still we had a good turnout of 15+ participants. After a brief orientation on how the hawkwatch operates we settled down to watch for migrants. The first hour was somewhat slow with only 3 migrating raptors, 1 Osprey, 1 Cooperʼs Hawk and 1 RedtailedHawk. Local non-migrants kept viewers busy as they hunted and chased each other around the hill. Things picked up a bit after noon as we added 3 immature Bald Eagles and a Turkey Vulture to the trip list in the next 2 hours. Those that stuck it out to the end were rewarded with great views of a Peregrine Falcon circling over the east end of the hill. Raptors werenʼt the only birds seen on the hill. We saw a total of 10 Sandhill Cranes and several flocks of Double-crested Cormorants heading south. Chimney Swifts and Barn Swallows were always present rg/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19822078 . All of our Hawkwatch data can be viewed by visiting  [more….]

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.

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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.

5 backyards that birds love

Birds have four basic requirements for survival: food, water, cover, and places to raise young. Parks, refuges, and other protected areas fill these needs, and so can you.

Just about any property — a backyard, a schoolyard, an apartment-building rooftop, you name it — can provide habitat for birds and other wildlife. In fact, more than 170,000 gardens and other green spaces across America have earned the National Wildlife Federation’s endorsement as Certified Wildlife Habitat.

In our April 2012 issue, we featured five of them, and now we’re thrilled to present five more. [More….]


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].

Website Design: Jim Green          Photos: Christian Goers

    Next Club Meeting

March 12, 2015  7:30 p.m

Topic: Annual Member’s Night

Want to learn about our DBC member’s birding?  Want to share your birding?     

At the eagerly anticipated annual Members' Night, DuPage Birding Club members present their photos from trips they have taken to great birding locations. In settings ranging from the exotic to the familiar, the club's skilled photographers capture images of the world's avian fauna. Come out and see the beautiful pictures taken of many great birds and wonderful places!

If you would like to contribute to the program, please contact Linda Padera as soon as possible at  or (708) 870-5385 for submission requirements.

Deadline for submission of photos is Wednesday, March 4.


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Sunday, February 22, 7:00 a.m. Mississippi River Eagles & More

Leader: Urs Geiser

Saturday, February 28, 9:00 a.m. Fox River Preserves, Batavia &North

Leader: Bob and Jean Spitzer

Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 a.m.

Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Leader: Lesa Hipes

Will County Big Day Trip! May, 2014

Joan Norek was the winning bidder at the DBC Auction for the Will County Big Day field trip. We scheduled the trip for May 17th and prepared by monitoring eBird reports as well as personal scouting trips. We planned to meet at 3:30 a.m. which would put us at our first stop well before sunrise. The plan was to start in the far southern parts of the county and finish the day back north. On our way to our first stop near Braidwood a very light raptor flew across our path just above the headlights, which may have been a Barn Owl. We were unable to relocate the bird so it went uncounted. Our first stop was to listen for Whip-poor-will. A very distant Whip was calling when we got out of the car. We walked down the road further and were able to hear a much closer bird call for several  [more….]

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 Brochures

One of our clubs priorities is bringing in new members.  To help, we have updated one of our recruitment tools – the DuPage Birding Club brochure.  They will be available at the March 12 meeting.  Please feel free to take some with you and spread the word about the DBC.  If you are a field trip leader, please take an ample supply to give to potential new members on field trips.Thanks to Jody Zamirowski for contributing her professional graphic design skills to the update, and to Leslie Hayward for drafting the new text and handling the project management.  Thanks to all members who also helped with the editing.

Cantigny - January 10, 2015

Today's monthly bird walk at Cantigny Park, co-sponsored by the DuPage Birding Club, was attended by 29 very cold birders. This included 18 students from Benet Academy.

We spent the first 15 minutes of our "walk" observing the Cantigny bird feeders from inside. A few birders were lucky enough to see a Red-Breasted Nuthatch--an uncommon bird at Cantigny and undoubtedly our "bird of the day."

When we headed outside the temperature was 0 degrees with a slight breeze. At least it was sunny! Most of us stayed out for just over an hour before returning to the warm Visitor Center for more feeder watching. Unfortunately the Red-Breasted Nuthatch did not return but we did add Red-Tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove and Canada Goose to our day list. [more]

Saturday, March 7, 7:00 a.m.
Will County Tour (Pre-registration required)

Please contact Jeff Smith by March 5 for information.   

Leader: Jeff Smith

Saturday, March 14, 8:30 a.m.

Cantigny Park, Wheaton          

Leader: Jeff Reiter

Sunday, March 15, 7:30 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville

Leader: Kyle Wiktor

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. 
Woodcocks, Greene Valley Forest Preserve

Leader: Jeff Smith

Saturday, March 21, 6:00 a.m.

Mississippi River (Pre-registration required)

Leader: Jeff Chapman

Friday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
Woodcocks, Greene Valley Forest Preserve

Leader: Jeff Smith

Saturday, March 28, 8:00 a.m.
Shabbona Lake & Afton Preserve, DeKalb County

Leader: Jerry & Jody Zamirowski

DBC Facebook Feed President’s Corner

Sunday, March 29, 8:00 a.m.
Palos Area-McGinnis Slough: Waterfowl and More (Pre-registration required)

Leaders: Bob & Karen Fisher

Watch the bird video of the month!                 Frozen Fisherman!