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!
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 email@example.com or (708) 870-5385 for submission requirements.
Deadline for submission of photos is Wednesday, March 4.
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.
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
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 PROGRAM FOR 2014
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