Club Meeting Facts:
The DuPage Birding Club meets eight times per year, usually on the second Thursday of January, March, April, May, July, September, October, and November at 7:30 pm. Unless otherwise noted, the club meetings take place at Faith Lutheran Church, 41 N. Park Blvd. (just north of Roosevelt Rd.), in Glen Ellyn. Park in the back of the church and enter through the glass doors, then go down the stairs to the meeting hall on your right.
A pre-meeting dinner will be held at 6:00 pm at a designated location. See details below.
The DuPage Birding Club is proud to have hosted some of the finest speakers in the birding world including Don and Lillian Stokes, Julie Zickefoose, Pete Dunne, Scott Weidensaul, Sandy Komito, Sheri Williamson, George Fenwick, and Alvaro Jaramillo. Visitors and new members are always welcome!
Sept. 12, 2013 Speaker: Richard Crossley
Past, Present and Future
Tales of lessons learned while growing up in the wild British birding scene, from travels around the world to living today in Cape May, NJ. It will be a fast-paced story told in a Yorkshire brogue through a camera lens that loves color and art.
With humor and depth Richard will highlight the thoughts behind the revolutionary ‘The Crossley ID Guide’ series . But is changing how we look at books and birds enough? ‘Heck, no!’ says Richard. Come listen to stories of his past and present. Perhaps it will change your outlook on the future of birding, lifestyles and nature! Meeting will be held at Cantigny’s Visitor Center located in Wheaton, Illinois. Parking for this event will be complimentary.
Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder, award winning author and photographer. Crazy, wildly passionate, driven and single-minded are just a few of the words used to describe his love of birding and the outdoors.
After 20 years hiding in the business world while raising his family, Richard set himself a new goal - to help popularize birding and the outdoors through books and multi-media. By making nature more fashionable, he hopes to encourage the youth of today to become the game-changers of tomorrow.
“The Crossley ID Guides” turned nature book design upside down. Based on what we now know about the brain and learning, he believes the design of “The Crossley ID Guide” series will help people not only improve their ID skills but also understand and see birds and all aspects of nature the way they really are.
Richard is also co-founder of the global birding initiative Pledge to Fledge () and Cape May Young Birders Club. He has contributed to most major birding publications, is frequently heard on radio and is a highly sought-after public speaker. He firmly believes that the time is right to change the face of birding. The rumors that he will not stop until birding has become popular and fashionable in the USA and around the World are absolutely true!
Bring your copies of The Shorebird Guide, Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds and Crossley ID Guide: Raptors for Richard to sign! Books from the ID Guide series will be available for purchase at the meeting. (Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards.) The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds will be available for $23 and The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors will be available for $20.
Oct. 10, 2013
The DBC Auction!
Join us for our club’s fundraiser! You will have a chance to bid on all things related to birding: optics, feeders, seed, books, clothing, tutoring sessions, personal field trips and artwork. All proceeds go towards club expenses, national and local speaker fees, outreach events, and grants and donations to bird-related causes. Also available: our popular Birders’ Bazaar, where you can purchase gently-used birding items for $1, $5 and $10.
The auction will be held at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. The entrance is on Winfield Road just south of Roosevelt Road. Parking will be free.
Time: 6:30pm if you are bringing items for the Birders’ Bazaar tables
7:00pm-Socializing/scoping out items on which to bid
7:30pm—LIVE bidding begins!
Join us for this fun evening!
November 14, 2013 Speaker: Denis Kania
This is my 18th trip to Central and South America and the South American Continent has easily become my favorite birding destination in the world. There are many hidden birding gems left for me to explore and Guyana has long been on my to-do list. This trip was not intended to be one of my typical organized birding trips.
For thousands of years the Guiana Shield has been home to a dynamic mix of Amerindians: indigenous Akawaio, Arekuna, Carib, Makushi, Patamona, Waiwai, Makushi, Arawak and Wapishana tribes have been joined in more recent times by European colonialists, west African slaves, and indentured servants from China, Madeira and India. As a result, travelers who venture to Guyana discover a cultural experience remarkably unlike any other in South America.
Our 16-day journey introduced us to the rich culture and pristine environment of Guyana. Our itinerary focused on small and out-of-the-way eco lodges owned and operated by Amerindian villages: Surama, situated at the base of the Pakaraima Mountains in the Iwokrama Rainforest; Rewa, at the remote confluence of the Rewa and Rupununi Rivers; Nappi in the Kanuku foothills not far from the Brazilian border, and Yupukari, on the Rupununi Savannah, where an important caiman conservation project is headquartered. These are English-speaking communities who host only a select handful of visitors each year.
This itinerary gives you the opportunity to visit some of the most remote and pristine rainforest left on earth, with excellent chances for spotting endangered species such as jaguar, Harpy Eagle, giant river otter, black and spectacled caiman, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, giant anteater, arapaima, neotropical butterflies, plus insects, amphibians, primates, BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS, and marine creatures of all sorts.
Denis Kania is Manager of Natural Areas for the St. Charles Park District. A DBC member since the inception of the club, Denis is mentor to many. Each year new birders immerse themselves in birding through his popular Morton Arboretum field classes. Denis is also an accomplished avian artist who has illustrated several birding publications and is the compiler for the indispensable "Checklist of the Birds of DuPage County". Explorations beyond DuPage County have led Denis to organize international birding trips annually to all points of the world.
Meeting starting time 7:30 pm unless indicated otherwise. The hall will be open at 7:00 pm for socializing.
Map below showing the pre-meeting restaurant place (A) and meeting location (B):
A. Panera Bread, 541 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn, IL
B. Faith Lutheran Church, 41 N. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL
January 9, 2014 Speaker: Nancy Carroll
HUMMINGBIRDS -- Our Flying Jewels!
Those colorful, iridescent little bundles of energy are some of the most enjoyable birds to observe in nature. Our speaker, a member of The Hummingbird Society, will share many interesting and amazing facts about hummingbirds. Learn how to identify different species, what to plant in a yard to attract them, as well as helpful information about feeders. For fun, the speaker will also provide ideas about making hum-mingbird art, other whimsical ideas, and terrific handouts and give-away items. By the end of the presentation you’ll feel like a “Hummer Ex-pert” and be excited to have these beautiful teeny-tiny birds zoom into your yard!
Who wouldn’t want to have rubies and emeralds in their garden?
Nancy Carroll is a Master Gardener Alumnus, Landscape and Garden Designer and Lecture Speaker. She loves to share information about hummingbirds and has had great success in attracting them to her Naperville garden every year. Birding trips throughout the United States, Peru, Costa Rica and the Amazon have enriched her knowledge of these delightful birds and she has lectured about Hummingbirds and gar-dening for many years. Nancy has appeared on Naperville television, spoken on WGN radio and been highlighted in the newspaper. She will share with us her expertise in attracting hummingbirds to our local gardens just as preparations for spring planting begin. Nancy will have available for purchase at the meeting hummingbird feeders which have been used successfully by The Hummingbird Society and which she uses herself.
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