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!


March 13, 2014   

Annual Member’s Night

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!

Deadline for submission of photos is Wednesday, March 5. If you would like to contribute to the program, please contact Margie Busic at or (630) 789-3628 for submission requirements.

April 10, 2014        Speaker: Vicky Sroczynski

Warbler Refresher Class

We may love finding warblers migrating through our area in spring, but may feel challenged to memorize their songs and ID clues, and we only see them for a few weeks each year. On April 10 you will get the chance to dust off your warbler identification skills!  We will review visual ID features of 12 common warbler species, watch videos of males singing, discuss species arrival dates for Du Page County, and key in on habitats/specific preserves where we may expect to find both common and rarer warbler species.  

We’ll also discuss “the best” print, audio-visual, and on-line learning resources to focus your self-study time. Please bring a folder since you will receive handouts  describing all of the 30-plus warbler species you may find in DuPage County.  If you want a copy of the entire presentation, please bring a flash drive and the program will be uploaded for you.  Please come a few minutes early if you want to challenge yourself with a warbler quiz and review resources.

Vicky Sroczynski has been a DuPage Birding Club member since 2002. A grateful recipient of members sharing their considerable birding knowledge and expertise with her over the years, she became involved with the DuPage Forest Preserve bird monitoring program at three different preserves, the Greene Valley Hawk Watch and winter hawk survey program for the past eight years, and various bird blitzes and counts throughout the past decade. An alumna of the Ornithology Certificate program at Morton Arboretum, she now teaches a Beginning Birding class there in late winter. Through her outreach work and leading beginner walks, she became interested in how people learn about birding and hopes to continue facilitating that learning process in a friendly and helpful way.

May 8, 2014        Speaker:  Mary Lou Mellon

A 4-wheel-drive birding adventure in the 3 ranges of the Andes Mountains of Colombia, South America

Mary Lou is a retired journalist (former national magazine managing editor) and an avid birder.  She is presently the president of Bird Conservation Network, a coalition of 20 bird clubs, Audubon chapters and conservation organizations.

Birds, travel and photography are her passions and she has traveled widely to pursue them:  from South Africa to Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, Seychelles Islands (Indian Ocean), all over Central America and much of South America.

Her program is about a trip to Colombia, a country that has documented more species of birds than any country in the world (1880) last November.   It was a 16-day tour lead by Diego Calderon of Sunrise Birding, a brilliant young Colombian birder, starting in the city of Bogota (a city of 8,000,000).   She traveled with  local Chicago-area birder Joan Bruchman and they were joined by a 3rd client from Connecticut.  In a 4-wheel-drive vehicle they covered more than 1500 miles while birding the eastern and western slopes of the East, Central and West ranges of the Andes Mountains, elevations from 3000 feet to more than 11,000.  They tallied more than 400 species and enjoyed the beauty of the birds, the countryside and the friendly hospitality of the Colombian people.  Colombia's tourism is booming after nearly two decades of being nearly shut down to tourism because of political unrest.

There are 180 species of hummingbird in the world; 170 of them can be seen in Colombia.  The endemic Black Inca, the endemic Indigo-capped Hummingbird and the Andean Emerald were seen and photographed.   They saw 23 species of brilliantly colored assorted tanager species (many photographed).  We saw and photographed the Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, the endemic Brown-banded Antpitta and the Slate-crowned Antpitta.  We also saw the endemic Mattoral Tapaculo.

Other sightings included Agouti, Tayra, Venezuelan Red Howler Monkey, Red-tailed squirrel, Cavy, Green iguana, MonkeyHhoppers, walking stick (insects) and the Andean Dwarf Squirrel.

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

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July 10, 2014        Speaker: Joel Greenburg

The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon

The passenger pigeon was unlike any other bird. It probably numbered in the billions, making it the most abundant bird in North America if not the world. But this huge population was neither evenly distributed across the landscape nor was it any way cryptic: the species often formed aggregations so vast they are difficult for us to imagine. As just two examples, John James Audubon described a flight that darkened the sky for three days, and a nesting in 1871 spread across 850 square miles of central Wisconsin. But despite that abundance, a single flight around 1860 probably exceeded a billion birds and maybe three billion, exploitation for food and recreation destroyed the species in the wild by the first few years of the twentieth century. On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last of the species, died in the Cincinnati Zoo. This talk explores the story of the bird and highlights the important lessons that it presents to those of us in the 21st century.

Joel Greenberg has over 25 years experience working on natural resource related issues in the Midwest. Currently a Research Associate of both the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum, he has authored four books including Of Prairie, Woods, and Waters: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing.(2008, University of Chicago Press.); A Natural History of the Chicago Region (2002, University of Chicago Press); and  A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction, published in January 2014 by Bloomsbury USA. For the past four years he has been  a leader in Project Passenger Pigeon which aims to mark the anniversary of the species' extinction. He is co-producing with director David Mrazek the documentary, From  Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. It will be available in spring of 2014. Greenberg has  JD and MA degrees from Washington University.

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