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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - Chicago Urban Count DATE CHANGE!

Friday, December 23, 2016

NOTICE THE DATE CHANGE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER!

THIS COUNT WILL BE ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23.

51st Chicago Urban Count.
Compiler:  Jeffrey Sanders, 847-657-6431

PROGRAM: Evolution of Bird Migration

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Evolution of bird migration: from the Field to the Theory. Valentina Gómez-Bahamón. Every year, massive and periodic movements of birds occur in response to variation in seasonal environments. Migratory birds can travel thousands of kilometers from their breeding grounds towards their wintering grounds, requiring unique physiological and morphological adaptations to accomplish such feats. Partial migration occurs when a species is composed of a migratory population (or subspecies) and a sedentary one. It occurs in many species of birds and it has been suggested as an intermediate step in between the evolution of sedentariness and migratoriness. Focusing on a partially migratory species, the Fork-tail Flycatcher (Tyrannus savanna), Valentina Gómez-Bahamón, who works for SELVA: Research Conservation for the Neotropics and is currently a PhD student at UIC and the Field, will share her field research in the Argentinian Pampas and Colombian Llanos on how morphology differs in association to migration and determining if migration has been lost or gained in the evolutionary history of this group and how it translates into scientific knowledge that can help us understand the evolution of migration and its possible role in the origin of species.

Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore lakefront

Sunday, November 20, 2016

47th Annual Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip. North Shore lakefront – Northwestern, Gillson Park, Maple Park, Tower Road Park, Park Ave., Rose Beach in Highland Park, and other areas as time permits. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Gillson Park Beach House in Wilmette, off of Sheridan Road.  We will carpool from there. Bring scopes and dress for cold lake wind. Leader: Jeff Sanders, yellowstart@yahoo.com.

PROGRAM: Life at the Top

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"Life at the Top. Shane DuBay." Shane will talk about the extraordinary ways in which birds survive at extreme high elevations, where temperatures are cold and oxygen is low. High-elevation environments are harsh for the majority of life, but some birds have evolved incredible adaptations and behavioral strategies to thrive under these conditions. Shane is a graduate student at The Field Museum and the University of Chicago, where he studies high altitude adaptation in birds that inhabit the Hengduan Mountains of southern China. Through a virtual tour he will transport you to the highest peaks in Asia, exposing the ways in which birds survive in these stunning, yet deadly environments.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Thursday Workday afternoons take place at the Sanctuary between 4 p.m - 6.p.m.;  No experience needed, Stewards Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman will decide on the particular work needs of the sanctuary for that afternoon. Activities can range from collecting seeds, scattering seeds, pulling invasive weeds, removing seedheads of invasive weeds, etc.  Contact Jerry Herst at Jerry.Herst@gmail.com for information.  Meet at the Sanctuary fence north or the Clark Street Beach House.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Thursday Workday afternoons take place at the Sanctuary between 4 p.m - 6.p.m.;  No experience needed, Stewards Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman will decide on the particular work needs of the sanctuary for that afternoon. Activities can range from collecting seeds, scattering seeds, pulling invasive weeds, removing seedheads of invasive weeds, etc.  Contact Jerry Herst at Jerry.Herst@gmail.com for information.  Meet at the Sanctuary fence north or the Clark Street Beach House.

Gillson Park, Wilmette

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Gillson Park, Wilmette.  Look for late warblers and other migrants. We will start with a tour of the newly planted area just north of the Wildflower Garden. Meet at 8 AM at the Wildflower Garden, corner of Michigan Ave and Washington Ave (one block east of Sheridan and one block south of Lake St.)  Street parking is available, as is parking inside the park.  Leaders: Karen Glennemeier and Gerry Ginsburg.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Thursday Workday afternoons take place at the Sanctuary between 4 p.m - 6.p.m.;  No experience needed, Stewards Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman will decide on the particular work needs of the sanctuary for that afternoon. Activities can range from collecting seeds, scattering seeds, pulling invasive weeds, removing seedheads of invasive weeds, etc.  Contact Jerry Herst at Jerry.Herst@gmail.com for information.  Meet at the Sanctuary fence north or the Clark Street Beach House.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Thursday Workday afternoons take place at the Sanctuary between 4 p.m - 6.p.m.;  No experience needed, Stewards Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman will decide on the particular work needs of the sanctuary for that afternoon. Activities can range from collecting seeds, scattering seeds, pulling invasive weeds, removing seedheads of invasive weeds, etc.  Contact Jerry Herst at Jerry.Herst@gmail.com for information.  Meet at the Sanctuary fence north or the Clark Street Beach House.

PROGRAM: The Color of Birds

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"The Color of Birds - In Celebration of a Passion." Kevin Loughlin, owner of Wildside Birding based in Pennsylvania, has spent decades photographing the natural world, especially the birds. Celebrate Kevin’s passion for birds and birding through this photographic journey from the icy waters of Antarctica, to the mountains of Ecuador full of colorful gems we call hummingbirds and many other locations across the globe. Through his images, Kevin will show us that the elegance of a Black-necked Stilt is every bit as stunning as the glorious colors of the Fiery-throated Hummingbird. A Ruth Milgrom Program.

Gillson Park Bird Habitat Workday

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Gillson Park, Wilmette. Work alongside other birders to help the Wilmette Park District install new bird habitat at Gillson Park. Shifts are 9-12 or 1-4.  For more information, contact kglennemeier@gmail.com

This is a community-wide initiative involving many local groups as volunteers.  We will be helping to put in thousands of new plants!   No experience is necessary, just be willing to work hard and get dirty!  Those of you with strength and stamina are especially needed to run a mechanical auger, so look for that option on the sign up page.   For more information, contact kglennemeier@gmail.com.  Park in the beach parking lot and then walk up the hill to the planting area.   For more information, contact kglennemeier@gmail.com

Please visit Signup Genius at the link below to sign up for a slot.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094ea8ae22a75-gillson

Gillson Park Bird Habitat Workday

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Gillson Park, Wilmette. Work alongside other birders to help the Wilmette Park District install new bird habitat at Gillson Park. Shifts are 9-12 or 1-4.  For more information, contact kglennemeier@gmail.com.

This is a community-wide initiative involving many local groups as volunteers.  We will be helping to put in thousands of new plants!   No experience is necessary, just be willing to work hard and get dirty!  Those of you with strength and stamina are especially needed to run a mechanical auger, so look for that option on the sign up page.   For more information, contact kglennemeier@gmail.com.  Park in the beach parking lot and then walk up the hill to the planting area.   For more information, contact kglennemeier@gmail.com

Please visit Signup Genius at the link below to sign up for a slot.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094ea8ae22a75-gillson

Perkins Woods

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Perkins Woods. A Forest Preserves of Cook county Bird the Preserves walk. Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants. Meet at 8:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St. Leader: Gary Hantsbarger.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Thursday Workday afternoons take place at the Sanctuary between 4 p.m - 6.p.m.;  No experience needed, Stewards Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman will decide on the particular work needs of the sanctuary for that afternoon. Activities can range from collecting seeds, scattering seeds, pulling invasive weeds, removing seedheads of invasive weeds, etc.  Contact Jerry Herst at Jerry.Herst@gmail.com for information.  Meet at the Sanctuary fence north or the Clark Street Beach House.

Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Perkins Woods. A Forest Preserves of Cook County Bird the Preserves walk. Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants. Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leader: John Bates.

LaBagh Woods--- NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION

Sunday, September 18, 2016

LaBagh Woods. Whether you've never been to LaBagh or you go there often, you'll want to take this opportunity to see the effects of all the restoration work done this past year specifically for migrant birds. Fall migration should be well underway, with warblers at their peak and sparrows already making an appearance. Meet at 7:00 a.m at the Parking lot on Cicero Avenue north of Foster.  After you cross over the expressway, turn left at the T and park at the end of the lot. This premiere birding spot is notoriously muddy, so wear old boots, or preferably rubber knee-highs. Leaders: Judy Pollock, jpbobolink@gmail.com and Isoo O’Brien.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Northwestern University Campus.  The NU campus has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed south. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lot off of Sheridan Rd. and Clark St., north of Clark St. beach, at 8:30 a.m. Leaders: Libby Hill and Isoo O’Brien. We will bird the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary following the field trip.

Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Perkins Woods.  A Cook County Forest Preserve District Bird the Preserves walk. Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leader: Josh Engel.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Thursday Workday afternoons take place at the Sanctuary between 4 p.m - 6.p.m.;  No experience needed, Stewards Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman will decide on the particular work needs of the sanctuary for that afternoon. Activities can range from collecting seeds, scattering seeds, pulling invasive weeds, removing seedheads of invasive weeds, etc.  Contact Jerry Herst at Jerry.Herst@gmail.com for information.  Meet at the Sanctuary fence north or the Clark Street Beach House.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Northwestern University Campus.  The NU campus has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed south. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lot off of Sheridan Rd. and Clark St., north of Clark St. beach, at 8:30 a.m. Leaders: Libby Hill, Nancy Halliday and Isoo O’Brien.  We will bird the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary following the field trip.

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