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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July 14, 2016
All About Sparrows!
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!
March 10, 2016
Annual Member’s Night
It’s time! Now’s Your chance to share Your birding experiences from near or far at the annual DBC members’ night. In settings ranging from the exotic to the familiar, club members capture images of birds in habitats all over the world, including their own back yards. Come to the meeting on Thursday March 10th to see photos taken by club members of many great birds in many wonderful places.
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.
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 location (A) and DuPage Birding Club meeting place (B):
A. Panera Bread, 541 Roosevelt Road,Glen Ellyn,IL
B. Faith Lutheran Church, 41 N. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL
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.
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