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GBBCFor the Great Backyard Bird Count, CCAS birders will be counting the birds at Anita Purves Nature Center on Saturday, Feb 14 from 9am-3pm with a short hike through Busey Woods at 2pm. Come join us!

Kendeigh Grants
Request for Proposals posted.
We annually offer grants for research in ornithology in Illinois. Proposal deadline: March 27.

Audubon Nature Shop
Support the work of CCAS!
Remember us for our carefully selected variety of nature related items as you do your shopping. Bird feeders, insulated bird waterer and bird bath heater. binoculars, DVDs, books, puppets, singing birds and much more.  New at the shop is Mike Jefford’s and Susan Post's book, Exploring Illinois. 10% discount for all Audubon members.

Sunday Morning Bird Walks See you in March!


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

February Program:
Big Years: The Fun and Madness of Trying to See All the Birds in a Calendar Year

Thursday, February 5, 7pm
Anita Purves Nature Center ****note location****  
Guest presenter Joe Lill will cover the history, rules and results of Big Years in North America and Illinois. As you read this, there is someone out there working on their Big Year, including a current attempt at a new World Big Year record. Of course, the book and movie “The Big Year” will be discussed, too!

Joe Lill is a professional trumpeter and is Professor of Music at Chicago’s North Park University. On his “natural” side he is the list compiler for the Illinois Ornithological Society, a former president of the Chicago Audubon Society and an avid birder whose 'biggest year' in Illinois was 293 species in 2008.

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Audubon en Español
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. Audubon en Español, which you can access at http://espanol.audubon.org/ will be a new voice for birds – and will help make Audubon accessible to a diverse new audience.

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