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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
All About Sparrows!
July 14, 2016
Our speaker will be Denis Kania who started birding late in life, but over the past 30 years, he has made up for lost time.
Denis devotes all of his time studying minute visual details of his subjects. This serves him well when it comes to problematic bird groups such as fall warblers or sparrows. He uses this attention to detail in his bird art too, which helps advance his birding skills.
Denis also enjoys international bird travel. Since his first trip to Costa Rica in 1994, he has made over twenty trips to Central and South America. Outside of the western hemisphere,Denis has also birded in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. His upcoming trip to South America will potentially bless him with his 4000th species. As Denis says, “It’s up to the birds”.
Denis loves to teach and his sparrow program is based on one of his first classes he offered at the Morton Arboretum, where he has encouraged new birders for twenty years.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your sparrow ID skills!
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Sunday, June 5, 6:30 A.M.
Pratt's Wayne Woods, Wayn
Leader: Kyle Wiktor
Sunday, June 5, 6:30 A.M.
Pratt's Wayne Woods, Wayn
Leader: Joan Campbell
Friday, June 10, 7:30 a.m.
St. James Farm Forest Preserve
Leader: Vicky Sroczynski
Saturday, June 11, 7:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Leader: Jeff Reiter
Saturday, June 11, 7:00 a.m.
Herrick Lake, Wheaton
Leaders: John Cebula
Website Design: Jim Green Photos: Christian Goers
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 April 2016
Today's walk, attended by 28, was chilly but rewarding. Fifty species were seen, our second-highest total ever for April.
The park was very busy with the Foodie 5K so we headed for the golf course, which was vacant due to the cold. Some highlights, in addition to the nesting Great-Horned Owl, were Belted Kingfisher, Hooded Merganser, Ring-Necked Duck, Wood Duck and Field Sparrow. Eastern Bluebird and our first warbler of the year (Yellow-Rumped) also were seen.
Back on the park side of Cantigny, a Brown Thrasher was spotted outside the fence behind the First Division Museum. Our last bird of the day was possibly our best, a Winter Wren, found in the Rock Garden.
The wren was just one of many "April specialties" located today. Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, Golden-Crowned Kinglets and Hermit Thrushes were abundant. Brown Creepers were out in good numbers and several Fox Sparrows added to the mix.
Expected birds such as Cedar Waxwing and White-Throated Sparrow eluded us. Eastern Towhee and Red-Headed Woodpecker also went missing. More…
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.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!
Our speaker at the May 12th meeting was Lizzie Condon from the International Crane Foundation. Lizzie gave a wonderful presentation on the history of the Save the Crane Foundation, the current obstacles, and future plans to benefit the existence of these birds. Steven Becker and Leslie Coolidge, who are both board members of the International Crane Foundation attending the meeting along with other members of the IFC. The IFC is an international organization working in the United States, Canada, China, India, South Africa, Uganda, Bhutan, and other countries. DBC members were invited to join the IFC and a signup sheet was distributed at the meeting along with informational pledge cards on saving the cranes. DBC members were also invited to visit the IFC facilities in Baraboo, Wisconsin. For more information, several web sites are as listed.
Saving the crane pledge: http://www.savingcranes.org/i-give-a-whoop/.
Home page: http://www.savingcranes.org
Membership page: http://savingcranes.org/support-ifc/membership/.
Thursday June 16, 2016, 5:00 p.m Know Your Neighborhood: Carol Stream
Leader: Glenn Perricone
Think you know your birds? Take the Patuxent Bird Quiz!
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 DuPage Birding Club is pleased to announce the funding of two research proposals in the 2016 Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS) Grants Program. This is the 9th year of DBC’s participation in the program, which provides grants in support of ornithological research projects in Illinois. IOS sent 10 applications to DBC for consideration, and the Grants and Donations Committee reviewed all 10 for scientific merit and relevance to bird research and conservation in Illinois. Thanks to Vera Miller, Carl Strang, and Joe Suchecki of the Grants and Donations Committee for making these final recommendations. The Board of Directors voted to fund the following two $1,000 grants:
1. Abigail Blake-Bradshaw, University of Illinois: “Wetland Quality for Waterbirds in Illinois”
2. Heather Herakovich, Northern Illinois University: “Restoring Major Ecosystem Drivers: The Effects of Bison Reintroduction, Prescribed Fire, and Time Since Restoration on Grassland Birds in Tallgrass Prairie”
It’s again time to RENEW! Typically, DBC annual membership renewal fees are due before July 1 each year. As Treasurer Jon Grainger announced at the May 12 club meeting, DBC will soon have a link available on the club website that will allow current members to renew and pay their dues online via a PayPal account or a credit card. Current members with email accounts will receive one email message from DBC simply to alert them to expect a second message that will come from Jon requesting them to review their membership account information, to reply to the email with any updated information, and if they wish, to renew and pay online by clicking on a link in the email that will take them to a page on the DBC website where they can renew. That second email will also tell them when the PayPal link will go “live” and be ready for transactions. (If you do not wish to renew online, you can mail a renewal check to DBC along with your updated membership account information, or you can fill out and mail to DBC a membership application form with your check, or you can pay by cash or check at the next club meeting on July 14. The application form can be found on the membership page of the club website.)
May 24, 2016
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, June 25, 7:30 a.m.
Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve, Naperville
Leader: Joe Suchecki
Saturday June 25, 2016, 7:30 a.m
Birding by Ear: St. James Farm
Leader: Glenn Perricone
Saturday, June 18, 7: 30 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Leader: Glenn Perricone
Saturday, June 18, 7:00 a.m.
McDowell Grove Forest Preserve, Naperville
Leader: John Cebula