Welcome to the DuPage Birding Club Homepage! Our membership includes some of the area’s most expert birders, leaders in conservation efforts, and backyard birders as well.


If you’re a beginning bird watcher, trying to identify even a common species can be extremely frustrating, and many people give up before they actually begin.  A small yellow bird flies up to the top of a bush. Hurry, grab your binoculars and start flipping through your field guide.  Look at the bird again. Flip the pages – suddenly the bird is gone, but now you see another bird in a tree.  Your page rifling and binocular lifting start all over again.


But wait – there is an easier way.  Our club offers an outstanding field trip program.  We welcome birders of ages and skill levels and typically offer more than 100 field trips a year in Preserves in DuPage, Kane, Will and Cook Counties. Other special sites we visit include eagle watching along the Mississippi, River, waterfowl watching at Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes, and grassland species at Midewin Tallgrass Prairie and Nachusa Grasslands.


Our trips are led by member volunteers and offer a great experience by all participants.  Birds are highly visible creatures – and some species sport beautiful combinations of yellows, blues, reds, blacks and even greens.  When I first started birding, I was amazed to discover that there is more than one sparrow, the House Sparrow, living in this area!  Birds come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and birding will also make you more familiar with the natural beauty of the Chicagoland region. This activity will coax you out into new areas and let you take in all the fresh air and all the impressive scenery you can envision.  Most important, though, is that birding is fun.


Visitors are always welcome – we do not charge fees for the trips.  Check out the Upcoming Field Trips list below. Hope to see you on the trails!


The DuPage Birding Club Board of Directors is having a picnic at Churchill Woods (on July 25 from 1-5 pm) for all DBC members who volunteered to help with the Club in the last three years and all members who worked as Field Trip Leaders, were on any committee, or an officer of the club are invitated. We hope you can join us! The board and I are thankful for your commitment. We are all busy people with work, family commitments and other hobbies, and the fact that all of you have donated your time and effort to help make the club successful is a truly generous act. If you cannot attend the picnic, we still want you to know how much we appreciate your service to the club. Please RSVP. Select here for more information.

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).
















                                                                        

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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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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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Select our DuPage Birding Club Apparel form to view the great selection of DBC Spiritwear apparel (created by Holy Cow Sports) that is embroidered with the DuPage Birding Club name and logo.


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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Safer Passages for Migratory Birds


September 10, 2015


Annette Prince, Director, Chicago Bird Collision Monitors

It is estimated that more than a billion migratory birds die in North America each year from collisions with buildings. From residential structures to high-rise buildings, collision deaths are ranked as the second greatest threat to bird populations after habitat loss. Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) is a conservation project working since 2003 to address the problems that lights and building designs pose to birds that pass through urban areas. Volunteers recover thousands of dead and injured birds of more than 160 different species each spring and fall. The project raises awareness, educates, and advocates for bird-safety measures. Learn about efforts and methods to protect migratory species from the hazards of lights and glass at our homes and in our communities.

Annette Prince has been active in conservation projects and a birder for the last 27 years. She has volunteered with the Brookfield Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, National Park Service, California Marine Mammal Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, and Willowbrook Wildlife Center. She is a member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. Annette began working with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors project in 2004 and became its director in 2005. She serves as an officer on the board of Chicago Audubon Society and helps coordinate the "Lights Out Chicago!" light-reduction initiative.

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Cantigny - April 11, 2015


Today's monthly bird walk at Cantigny Park, co-sponsored by the DuPage Birding Club, was attended by 45 birders. A total of 54 species were seen or heard, our highest-ever total for April (topping 50 species in 2013). Because of the 5K run/walk in the park, we spent most of our time on the Cantigny golf course. It was a very productive day with nice weather and many highlights!

Most notably, we recorded our 150th all-time species at Cantigny: American White Pelican. A squadron of approximately 80 birds was spotted high in the sky as we stood at the back of the driving range. The flock was far away but the ID was never in doubt due to the large size (9-foot wingspan) of these bright white birds with black wingtips. April is the best chance we ever have to see these special migrants and today we finally did!

A flyby Osprey was another nice surprise, one of the few times we've seen one during a walk. We also found "April specialties" such as Eastern Towhee, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Brown Creeper, Yellow-Rumped Warbler and both kinglet species. A Winter Wren was heard but not seen.

Near the Golf Academy we observed an active Red-Tailed Hawk nest with a bird presumably sitting on eggs. This same nest was also active in 2014. We also located an apparent Cooper's Hawk nest in the park with male and female birds present. [More]

Saturday, August 1, 7:30

Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Leader: Lesa Hipes

Saturday, August 8, 7:30 a.m.

Cantigny Park, Wheaton

Leader: Jeff Reiter


Saturday, August 15, 7:30 a.m.

Pratts Wayne Forest Preserve, Wayne

Leader: Kyle Wiktor


Thursday, August 20, 5:00 p.m.

Fermilab, Batavia

Leader: Bob and Jean Spitzer

Saturday, August 22, 7:30 a.m.

Greene Valley, Woodridge

Leader: Margie & Alan Busic

Sunday, August 30, 6:00 a.m. Momence Sod Farms and Nearby Sites TBA (Kankakee County)  

Leader: Jeff Smith

DBC Facebook Feed Watch the bird video of the month! How Beaks are Adapted to What Birds Eat

Website Design: Jim Green          Photos: Christian Goers


Heron Rookery, Danada FP - April 1, 2015


We had a great morning for enjoying the birds on our DBC FT last Wednesday, April 1st. Counting ourselves, we had 13 birders participate in our Danada Heron Rookery field trip. Joan Campbell kept the log and filed our eBird report. We logged 22 bird species. But most of all, we enjoyed the large Heron Rookery in a bog in the Danada Forest Preserve. The count was 80 Great Blue Herons who were working on their nests. I Have attached a PDF copy of our eBird report.


Watching the Herons coming and going was such a special privilege. I took some photos using both my Lumix pocket camera and my Samsung cell phone. Some of these photos were taken through our 20x-60x spotting scope (digi-scoping). I have attached some selected shots just for fun.

Jean and I believe that everyone who participated truly enjoyed the experience.




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.



Glacier Park in  McHenry- May 20, 2015


I have found some time to capture our May 20th DBC field trip to Glacial Park up in McHenry County. I was a good experience for our 5 birders, even though rain curtailed our chances to see some birds. John, thank you for the eBird report of 66 species.


Jean and I took some photos. She got some good shots. I have attached some just for fun. The sandhill cranes were great. So was the birding experience.


Bob




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President’s Corner

2015 DuPAGE COUNTY SPRING BIRD COUNT RESULTS    


May 9, 2015 was a decent weather day, and the birds cooperated! 129 birders (11 fewer than 2014’s recording breaking 140 birders) counted 27,283 birds (just a hundred or so less than last year). We identified 169 species, 12 less than last year’s 181 species total. See Bird Count Results.


Among the rarities reported was our first Common Goldeneye in the 43 year history of the DuPage SBC, found on the DesPlaines River on the S side of Waterfall Glen, a LeConte’s Sparrow found by Marcia and Lee Nye at the Arb (just the 3rd record in DuPage since the Count began), and a Mississippi Kite spotted by Eric Secker as it circled over the W Branch of the DuPage River at Elsen’s Hill (the 4th for DuPage since the Count began). The goldeneye raises our species recorded total since the Count began to 258 species.


We set all time high counts for 6 different species, The aforementioned C Goldeneye, Ospreys (11), Black-billed Cuckoos (14), 199 Warbling Vireos (about 4 times our historical average), 156 Red-eyed Vireos (5 times our historical average!), Carolina Wrens (11), and an astounding 113 Pine Siskins.  But the population pendulum continues to swing the other way for Am. Kestrels and Am. Crows. Kestrels are in decline nationally, and certainly the habitat transition here in DuPage from rural to suburban exacerbates that decline. Anyone want to lobby for a kestrel nest box program at suitable locations here in DuPage? Our local crows still aren’t recovering from the West Nile epidemic that began 10+ years ago. Brown Thrashers seem to be less abundant than they were 25 years ago, though they show no signs of a continuing decline. {Read more…}

Cantigny - June 11, 2015

Cantigny Park and the DuPage Birding Club continued a wonderful annual tradition today at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton. For the 7th consecutive year, Cantigny Volunteer Ray Feld presented "Purple Martins 101," an informative and hands-on workshop. Thirty-two birders attended and only a few had seen Ray's program before. Many thanks to all who turned out.

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 maintaining the colony and keeping the martins safe and healthy. At a minimum, weekly visits during the April-August nesting season are essential.

Besides being a "landlord" to the purple martins, Ray and his wife Cecilia monitor the 50 bluebird boxes at Cantigny Golf and Cantigny Park. Their dedication is impressive and very much appreciated. THANK YOU for the many hours of love and care you each devote to Cantigny's birds!

Sunday, August 30, 7:30 a.m.

McKee Marsh, Warrenville

Leader: Kyle Wiktor