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!
January 8, 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.
November 13, 2014 Speaker: Amar Ayash
November is the perfect time to brush up on your gull identification skills. Many birders approach gull identification with apprehension because they are “too hard” or “all look alike” and those different ages are confusing. Whether experienced or not, don't miss Amar Ayash's presentation where he'll review with us some of the key ID points of our expected winter gulls. Some of the species we'll focus on include Herring, Thayer's, Iceland and the black-backed gulls. Amar will also speak about our hooded gulls, and share with us some gull-watching tips. This will help prepare you for winter gull identification and the Gull Frolic in 2015.
Amar spends most of his time in the field watching and photographing gulls. He maintains "anythinglarus.com", a website devoted to gulls and gull-watching. He's published several recent articles in Birding magazine, and hosts the facebook group "North American Gulls". Ayyash serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Ornithological Society, and also coordinates the annual Gull Frolic here in Illinois.
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
September 11, 2014 Speaker: Vic Berardi
Identifying Raptors In Flight, An Overview
The timing couldn’t be better for this presentation on raptor identification. Vic will be discussing some of the difficulties in identifying raptors in flight and how to begin breaking down the elements for successful identification. Key ID features will be displayed for all our regularly occurring raptors in northeastern Illinois. Vic is one of the foremost authorities on hawk ID, and we’re fortunate that he’s always eager to share his knowledge. His enthusiasm for hawkwatching is contagious and by the end of the evening you’ll be well prepared to head out to Greene Valley, Illinois Beach State Park or any other key hawkwatch site in the Midwest.
Vic Berardi is the founder of the all-volunteer Illinois Beach State Park ￼Hawk Watch which has conducted 14 seasons of full time hawk migration monitoring. This past fall he and a few others conducted several spot counts at a new hawk watch site at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve on the shore of Lake Michigan in Highland Park, Il.
He recently served on the Board of Directors for the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) and is the Central Continental Flyway Editor for Hawk Migration Studies which is HMANA’s biannual publication. This year, he was the 2014 recipient of HMANA’s Appreciation Award for his outstanding service to further hawk migration studies and conservation. In 2009 he was awarded the Service to Chicago Area Birders by the Chicago Audubon Society. In 2007 he was awarded the Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award for his leadership in raptor education and research.
In addition to Vic’s dedication to the IBSP Hawk Watch and HMANA, he also finds time to write articles on hawk watching, give hawk identification seminars and raptor conservation related talks. Vic is also an accomplished photographer and many of his photos have been published in several magazines, including Outdoor Illinois, Hawk Migration Studies and Birdwatching Magazine along with two new guide books, “Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America” by Donald and Lillian Stokes and “Hawks At A Distance” by Jerry Liguori. He also regularly donates his photos for use in raptor conservation efforts.
Vic is also a member of the Raptor Research Foundation, HawkWatch International and several other birding organizations including the Illinois Ornithological Society in which he served as a Board member for 4 years and Field Trip Chair for 3 years
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