Calendar of Programs and Events

Sunday Morning Bird Walks


Sunday, March 28th – May 30th 2021
Frequency TBD
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Meet at the APNC Parking Lot
Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park
Walks officially last about 1 1/2 hours (though some folks stay later if the birding is good).
On alternate weeks, stay tuned for virtual bird hikes via FB Live!

This Spring We:
1. Require Sign-Ups: Please use this form if you fully intend to participate:

2. Are limiting walks to 10 participants. If you decide you are unable to attend, please remove your name from the sign up so someone else can!
3. Require face masks (do not attend if you feel unwell or were potentially exposed)
4. Strict adherence to social distancing and COVID guidelines
**This year we are obviously encouraging people to do things a little differently with COVID-19, however, fortunately, there are no state-imposed limits right now on outdoor activities – limit in person contact and avoid carpooling with others. Meet up at the birding site and practice social distancing and wear face masks. We also unfortunately have to discourage any post count potlucks or gatherings, particularly indoors. Please be smart and be safe to protect our volunteers. **
The Sunday Morning Bird Walks started in the 1940’s. Birders of all skill levels are welcome!
We begin every week at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot and then decide whether to walk into Crystal Lake Park or Busey Woods. These parks play host to 36 species of warblers every spring as well as large numbers of vireos, thrushes, orioles and tanagers.
Bird walks are held on Sunday mornings during the spring and fall migration seasons: March-May & September-October

Monthly Meeting and Seminar Schedule

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Birding Allerton Park and the Allerton Park Bird Club and Podcast

 With Nate Beccue, Allerton Park Natural Areas Manager and

Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at 7:00 PM CST

As part of our *virtual* monthly meeting and seminar, we will be presenting via ZOOM.
Webinars will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel after the event. 
We are excited to “see” you again! 
Access details: ZOOM Meeting ID is 826 8632 0824 and the Password is 089847
You may be prompted to login to ZOOM, however this is not a paid service, you can still create a login and watch for free! Please contact our Program Chair: Alida deFlamingh: with any issues.
Date and Time: March 4th, 2021 @ 7pm
Presenter: Nate Beccue – Natural Areas Manager at Allerton Park & Retreat Center and Co-Host of the Allerton Park Bird Club Podcast.
Nate will talk about Birding Allerton Park, the Allerton Park Bird Club and the Allerton Park Bird Club Podcast. Allerton Park, located in Piatt County is less than 30 minutes from Champaign Urbana, however it is very underbirded. The combination of Allerton Park, IL Department of Natural Resources land and Land Conservation Foundation land forms a contiguous stretch of high quality natural areas totaling approximately 3,000 acres and 5 miles of Sangamon River. This talk will highlight the most common species at Allerton (Pileated Woodpeckers, Red Headed Woodpeckers, Barred Owls) as well as some of the breeding species that might surprise people (Henslow’s Sparrow, Prairie Warbler, Bell’s Vireo, Willow Flycatcher)
Learn more :
Stay up to date with Allerton Park Bird Club
on Twitter: @AllertonBird and Instagram: @allertonparkbirdclubpodcast

Recurring Events

Sunday Morning Birdwalks
March-May & Sept-Oct
Sundays, 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Our most popular event! Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway, Urbana, at 7:30 a.m. Walks in the nearby Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park officially last about 1 1/2 hours (though some intrepid birders stay later).

Feb-May & Sept-Dec
First Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.
Guest speakers present on a variety of topics throughout the year. Programs are usually located at the Urbana Free Library auditorium (no programs January, June, July, August)

Bird Counts
See Bird Count page.

Board Meetings
Third Monday of the month, 7:00pm
Champaign Public Library – Friends Conference Room
(No meetings June, July, December) 

For more learning opportunities, please see programs and events offered at two local park districts:
Urbana Park District
Champaign County Forest Preserve District