The club has two very special programs coming in September and October. The September program, Safer Passages for Migratory Birds, will be presented by Annette Prince, the Director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. We will learn about the efforts and methods used to protect migratory birds from the hazards of lights and glass in our homes and communities.
In October, Kevin Karlson will give a multi-media presentation which will tell the amazing story of the super-human efforts made by birds during their migration to and from their breeding areas. Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, professional tour leader, wildlife photographer and has published bird and nature related articles for magazines, books, and journals over the last 20 years.
September and October are also a great migration period. Check out the DBC field trips so you can watch for migrating sparrows, waterfowl, warblers and other passerines.
It is also an excellent time to check for migrating raptors. A number of DBC members will be starting the 10th year of hawkwatching on top of the Greene Valley Forest Preserve landfill hill on September 1. Last year the group recorded 18 migratory raptor species including a record breaking 100 Bald Eagles and the first Prairie Falcon seen since the count started. Greene Valley is one of 275 North American Hawk Watch Sites. The data collected is added daily to the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) data base. HMANA is a membership-based organization committed to the conservation of raptors through the scientific study, enjoyment, and appreciation of raptor migration. Check out the website at www.hmana.org.
And coming up on November 12 will be DBC’s biennial Fundraising Auction – a fun time for all and a chance to pick up some great bird related artwork, books, feeders, merchandise and gift certificates. It will once again be held at Cantigny Park. This is an exceptional event at a great location, so mark your calendars.
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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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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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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Saturday, September 5th, 7:30 a.m.
Birding plus Breakfast Brunch
Pate Phillips State Park/Tri County Park, Bartlett
Leader: Bob & Jean Spitzer
Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 a.m.
Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, Winfield
Leader: Kyle Wiktor
Wednesday, September 9, 7:30 a.m.
Greene Valley, Woodridge
Leader: Mike Madsen
Friday, September 11, 7:30 a.m.
Knoch Knolls Nature Center in South Naperville
Leader: Marcia and Lee Nye
Saturday September 12, 7:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Leader: Jeff Reiter
Sunday, September 13, 8:15 a.m.
Leader: Glenn Perricone
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
II 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.
Don’t miss the upcoming FALL WARBLERS EVENING LECTURE presented by Denis Kania offered through the Glen Ellyn Park District on Tuesday, Sept. 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p m. Select here for more information. for more information.
Cantigny - August 08, 2015
This month's walk at Cantigny Park, co-sponsored by the DuPage Birding Club, produced 47 species -- our best-ever species count for August. Our previous high for August was 38 in 2014. Thirty-eight birders attended yesterday's walk. Among the 47 species seen or heard were two nice surprises. The first occurred at the beginning of the walk when a Pine Siskin was spotted feeding in the cone flowers at the north end of the Visitors Center. We'd never had a siskin in August before so this was quite notable!
The second surprise happened near the end of the walk when an Olive-Sided Flycatcher was discovered just north of the Education Center. This was a first-time sighting at Cantigny, species No. 153! The bird presented an ID challenge but fortunately it was visible in good light for at least 10 minutes and photos were obtained. Here is one of them, by Jim Borsch:The "vested" look, head size and shape, and short tail were among the field marks that clinched the ID. Eastern Phoebe and Eastern Wood Pewee were considered but ruled out. In between the siskin and the flycatcher we found many other interesting birds in the park. Here's the complete list:
Other recent news that may be of interest: On July 30, Chimney Swifts were confirmed nesting in the tower located near Cantigny's Idea Garden. A nest is attached to the inside east wall and egg shells were found on the tower's floor. The nestlings apparently fledged but we believe swifts are using the tower at night for roosting. The structure was completed in November 2012 and stayed vacant throughout 2013 and 2014. I'd like to again thank the tower's donors, Jackie Vernot and Ray Kotz, for their generosity. The tower has always been a terrific educational feature of the park and now, with successful nesting confirmed, the story is more compelling than ever.
The next Cantigny Bird Walk is Saturday, September 12, at Cantigny Park. Meet behind the Visitors Center at 7:30 am. Note: Sept. 12-13 is the Revolutionary War Reenactment at the park but it should not interfere with our birding. Of course you are welcome to stay after the walk to see and hear the annual spectacle!
Sunday, September 13, 8:00 a.m.
Greene Valley, Woodridge
Leader: Bonnie Graham
Save the following date for future speaker Kevin Karlson on October 8, 2015 7:30 p.m. Kevin will be presenting his topic on
Birds on the Wind: The Miracle of Migration
Kevin Karlson, author, wildlife photographer, professional tour leader, birder
This multi-media presentation, rich in images and music, tells an amazing story of the unbelievable feats that birds perform during their migrations to and from breeding areas and also during movements to wintering areas by altitudinal and irruptive migrants. The presentation contains scientific facts about these super-human efforts, but its stories appeal to both birders and non-birders alike, with superb photos illustrating the beauty and behavior of our migratory birds. Good news is mixed with bad news, as Kevin relates how man has disturbed these movements with forest fragmentation and ill-advised urban building designs. But he also tells how some neotropic migratory songbirds have adapted to changing conditions and continue to persevere. The saga is truly a celebration of birds and their fascinating lives, with astonishing feats of endurance that some birds undertake every year. And many of the birds portrayed in this program can be seen right here in the Chicago area during the course of a year.
Fermilab - August 20, 2015
Jean and I had a great time with 9 other birders yesterday afternoon at Fermilab (11 total birders). It was nice to be with birders with good eyes, good ears, and knowledge. We started at 5:00pm at the Red Barn. We covered the east and southeast portion of Fermilab, with emphasis on the watery areas. We saw some nice birds. Several of us kept a log. We got at least 50 species. It was hard to distinguish greater and lesser yellowlegs. I also was uncertain about seeing dowagers and left them out. The weather was perfect. With the sun at our backs, the great egrets stood out on Lake Law. The birds were beautiful. We saw Caspian Terns, Green Herons, and many more. Everyone got to see the Osprey parents and their two children. We had several spotting scopes, which helped. Six of us ended with a simple picnic and good conversation at 8:00pm. I have filed a report on eBird with my estimate of the bird quantities. I have attached a PDF copy. Along with birds we got to see two coyotes at short range and even saw some bats after the picnic. We took a some photos and have attached a few just for fun. Many did some digi-scoping via our spotting scope. I do not have these photos as yet. The final photo is my digi-scope of the Ospreys at several hundred yards. (Papa Osprey was in a nearby tree).
Good Field Trip
Saturday, September 19, 7:00 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Leader: Bonnie Graham
Sunday, September 20, 7:00 a.m.
Montrose Migration (Chicago Lakefront
Leader: Bonnie Graham
Wednesday, September 23, 8:00 a.m.
Herrick Lake, Wheaton
Leader: Jim Hedges
Saturday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Greene Valley FP Hawk Watch Part 1
Leader: Vicky Sroczynski
Sunday, September 27, 7:30 a.m.
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, Kane County
Leader: Jon Duerr