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April Program
Global Insights from Local Birds: Research Findings and Natural History Observations from Our Backyards

Thursday, April 6, 7pm
Urbana Free Library Auditorium

Presenter: Loren Merrill, Postdoctoral Researcher at the INHS
Loren has had the opportunity to photograph his birding adventures the world over. Through his travels, Loren has gone birding and taken part in research on 5 different continents, 14 countries, and 48 states.

For this talk, he will highlight some of his research in the Champaign area, examining questions of how landscape composition impacts health and condition of shrub-nesting birds.

Through these photographic adventures, we can gain important insight into the life of birds even in our own backyards.

NEW! CCAS Member’s Birdwalks
We are very excited to announce a new pilot program! This April we will be launching Member’s Birdwalks at exclusive locations in the Champaign-Urbana area! These walks will be much like our public programs but for CCAS members only and at locations not accessible to the general public.

Our first outing will be at 7:30 AM Saturday, April 1st at the Urbana Park District’s Perkins project, a future park with excellent water, shorebird, and warbler habitat. We will meet at the Perkins road dog park and unlock the gates along with a UPD staff member.

The second Member’s Bird walk will be held at 7:30 AM Saturday, April 8th at two research plots maintained by the University of Illinois. Trelease Woods has strong promise for owls while the diverse Phillips Tract will surely be overflowing with warblers. We will meet at the back of the Urbana Meijer’s parking lot on Philo road to see if carpooling is necessary. We’ll then drive the short distance to the plots, where a U of I staff member will unlock the gates for us.

The member interest in these events will help us decide the May schedule and whether or not to continue to pursue new, exclusive locations for the Fall migration period. Stay tuned for more and we hope to see you at a Member’s Birdwalk!

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