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!
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January 14, 2016
Winter Warm-up: Birding with Friends in Tropical Thailand
Presented by DBC members Jeff Chapman, Christian Goers, Jim Nachel, and Jeff Smith
Thailand shares much of its border—and all but 3 of its bird species—with 4 other countries in Southeast Asia, and that which it doesn’t share is Pacific Ocean coastline. Although Thailand is only 20% larger than California, 945 bird species are native to its mountains, savannahs, and coastal areas, more than the 914 regularly-occurring species of birds in all the lower-48 United States, Alaska, and Canada. Join Jeff, Christian, Jim, and Jeff as they take you on a tropical and very colorful birding tour of the regions in Thailand they visited last winter in January 2015.
Sept 10, 2015
Safer Passages for Migratory Birds
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.
Oct 8, 2015
Birds of 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.
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
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.
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