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, Richard Crossley, Julie Zickefoose, Pete Dunne, Scott Weidensaul, Sandy Komito, Sheri Williamson, George Fenwick, and Alvaro Jaramillo. Visitors and new members are always welcome!
July 9, 2015
Learning to Bird by Ear: Recognizing and Identifying Birds by Ear: Recognizing and Identifying Birds by Their Vocalizations
Geoffrey A. Williamson, Past President of the Chicago and Illinois Ornithological ., Professor of Electrical and Computing Engineering at IIT.
Many experienced birders will say that 90% of their birding is done "by ear." For those conducting censuses and surveys, this skill is especially important, as it enables one to recognize more efficiently and effectively the birds that are present on a survey route. But even the casual bird watcher will find ear-birding skills quite useful. In many situations, such as forest and marshland birding, birding by ear is valuable in locating and identifying birds when they are difficult to see. This presentation describes basic concepts in bird vocalizations and provides organizing principles for learning to bird by ear. The talk also discusses the many resources available for birders looking to acquire or improve ear-birding skills.
Geoff Williamson is a past president of the Chicago Ornithological Society (COS) and the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS) and currently serves as chair of IOS's Ornithological Research and Data Committee, secretary of the Illinois Ornithological Records Committee (IORC), and co-editor of Illinois-Indiana regional reports for North American Birds, the journal of ornithological record published by the American Birding Association (ABA). Geoff has led more than 500 bird walks and field trips in the Chicago area, as well as several birding trips out of state. Much of his birding time is spent in Chicago's Lincoln Park. When not birding, Geoff works as a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where his research concerns mathematical modeling and analysis of biomedical systems, telecommunications applications, power electronics, and acoustic signals. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.
May 14, 2015
Springbrook Prairie: An oasis for grassland birds in DuPage County
Joe Suchecki, Springbrook Prairie Volunteer Steward and Bird Monitor
Springbrook Prairie is a Forest Preserve District of DuPage County property in Naperville recently dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve. An 1800-acre site, it is one of the very few preserves in DuPage County that is predominantly open, grassland habitat. The natural habitats at Springbrook are being managed for grassland birds and native prairie restoration. Because of its large size and extensive grasslands, Springbrook attracts large populations of nesting grassland birds, such as Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, Savannah and Henslow's Sparrows, Sedge Wren, Dickcissel, and occasionally Northern Harrier and Short-eared Owl. The program will present information on the grassland birds of Springbrook, discuss the 20+ years of habitat management and of bird monitoring at the site, and summarize how the restoration activities have affected grassland bird populations.
Our speaker is long-time DBC member and former club President, Joe Suchecki of Naperville. Joe has been active at Springbrook for over 20 years as the the bird monitor and volunteer natural resources steward at the site, completing breeding-bird surveys, working to manage and restore habitats, and generally enjoying the unique grasslands and wetlands at the Preserve. Joe was instrumental in leading a citizen's group in the early 1990s to convince the Forest Preserve Commission to abandon the development of Springbrook as a large recreational lake and to refocus the master plan on prairie restoration and grassland-bird management.
March 12, 2015
Topic: Annual Member’s Night
Want to learn about our DBC members’ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 870-5385 for submission requirements.
Deadline for submission of photos is Wednesday, March 4.
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
April 9, 2015
Speaker: Roberta Asher
Topic: A Birder’s Trip to Cuba
This will be a multi-media presentation about the IOS-sponsored trip to Cuba last year. Cuba is one of the most important countries for neotropical migratory birds. A total of 370 species have been recorded on the island. Cuba has 26 endemic bird species and 25 endemic subspecies including the small, but spectacularly colorful, Cuban Tody, the elegant Cuban Trogon, and the Bee Hummingbird (the tiniest hummingbird in the world). This presentation will highlight many of the birds seen on this trip. In addition, Cuba is an island full of 50’s nostalgia, enchanting scenery, rich culture, friendly people, spectacular architecture, and alluring music. Experience the sights and sounds of today’s Cuba, from the street scenes and music of Havana, to pastoral countryside. Learn what to expect when you go birding in Cuba – birds and then some.
Bobbi is an avid birdwatcher and, since retiring, she has pursued that passion and travelled around the world to see birds. She has been actively involved in bird conservation as the Vice-President of the Bird Conservation Network, a Board member of the Chicago Audubon Society and a member of the Chicago Mayor’s Nature and Wildlife Committee. She also is participating in a teaching program jointly sponsored by the Chicago Public Schools and Openlands that involves visiting Chicago public elementary schools and talking to the students about the birds in their neighborhoods. She is currently the bird monitor for Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve in River Forest.
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