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Sunday Morning Bird Walks Walks continue each Sunday through May 31.

Audubon Nature Shop
Support the work of CCAS!
Your source for nature related items for young and
old. Illinois Wildflowers by Don Kurz is an excellent and beautiful aid
to identifying spring blooms. Peterson’s Field Guide to Eastern Birds
is a good choice for the less experienced birder. Sibley’s Field Guide
to Eastern Birds is excellent for more advanced birders. Mike Jefford
and Susan Post have a new book on Illinois Butterflies as well as their
Exploring the Nature of Illinois. All shop proceeds go for environmental
conservation and education.
10% discount for all Audubon members.



BirdNote is a 2-minute radio show. Visit http://birdnote.org/ for more info.
Note: BirdNote is not the CCAS bird sighting listserve, Birdnotes.

May Program:
Thursday, May 7, 7pm -- Urbana Free Library Auditorium
Presentations by the 2014 Kendeigh Grant Recipients
Amber Weingart - “Conserving a Charismatic Grassland Species in Illinois: The Barn Owl”
Bryan Reiley - “Benefits of Restored Habitats for Declining Shrubland Birds”

Amber Weingart will discuss her research investigating Barn Owl use of nest boxes, learning how they select their nest sites, determining factors correlated with nest survival, and testing playback surveys as a method of
detection. Amber is currently a master’s student at the U of I.
Bryan Reiley will discuss his research in which he investigated the microhabitat, landscape, and biological factors affecting nest success of Bell’s Vireo and Willow Flycatcher, two declining species of concern in Illinois. Bryan Reiley is currently a PhD student at the U of I.

2015 Bird-a-Thon: Support Ornithological Research in Illinois!
May 10 – 17, 2015
Your pledges are needed for Champaign County Audubon Society’s
32nd Annual Birdathon! The CCAS Birdathon is our annual fundraiser for our Kendeigh Fund Grants given to support bird studies in Illinois. Last year’s Birdathon raised $1013.80 and CCAS awarded $2,000 in grants. This year our goal is to raise $1,600. Since its beginning 32 years ago, the Charles S. Kendeigh Research Grant project has funded about $30,000 worth of research on Illinois birds.

Download the pledge form

During Birdathon Week teams search woods, parks and fields for all the bird species they can find. Pledge donations are based on the number of species seen by your selected team. Typical pledges range from 5 cents to $1.00 per species.

Ways to Participate

  1. Make a one-time donation. If you’d like you may give your donation on behalf of a team.
  2. Sponsor a team by pledging a small amount per species the team finds.
  3. Form a team of your own and make a donation on behalf of your team.
  4. Form a team of your own and pledge a small amount per species you find.
  5. Form a team of your own and ask your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to pledge a small amount for each species you find.


Saturday, May 9

This will be the 40th annual statewide bird census. Last year’s county total was 164 species. If you’d like to participate, please contact Beth Chato 344-6803 or ejchato at gmail dot com. Experience is helpful but not essential.

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The National Audubon Society has launched a new section of their website, Audubon en Español, which will be the digital face of Audubon in the Spanish-speaking community.

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