Calendar of Programs and Events

Sunday, March 1 – May 31st
CANCELLED
Sunday Morning Bird Walks
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Meet at the APNC Parking Lot
Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park

Thursday, May 7th at 7pm
CCAS Webinar : Backyard Birding
In place of some of our regularly scheduled programs, we will be providing a series of webinars in the coming month or so. These will be given via ZOOM and will be recorded for viewing after the event. Here is some information about using ZOOM if you have not before https://www.owllabs.com/blog/zoom. Information about how to join the webinar will be sent after registration has been completed. Please fill out this google form to pre-register for the event:https://forms.gle/a6jsYGFFdi4Liqud6They will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube to view at a later time so even if you are unable to attend the virtual webinar, please register at the link for each webinar to receive a link to the recorded webinar.

Saturday, May 9th
Spring Bird Count
While this year’s Spring Bird Count will be a little different, it will still be wonderful! Before you count, please email our SBC Compiler, Beth Chato : ejchato@gmail.com for details, instructions, and the proper forms to keep our Spring Bird Count as consistent and useful as possible. Obviously the COVID-19 pandemic will influence this year’s count.If you are new to the count or would like information about participation, please visit the SBC website located at the following web address: https://www.inhs.illinois.edu/collections/birds/sbc/As always there are some counties still in need of compilers. If you would like to participate in the count/compile birds in one of these counties (Franklin, Fulton, Grundy, Jefferson, Macoupin, Mason, Massac, McDonough, Moultrie and White) please let us know (beveroth@illinois.edu).

Sunday, May 10th – May 17th

Annual Bird-a-thon
The Bird-a-thon is our annual fundraiser, and it starts the Sunday after the Illinois Spring Bird Count and lasts one week. During the Bird-a-Thon, teams eagerly search for as many bird species they can find. Pledge donations are based on the number of species seen by your selected team, or you may pledge a flat amount.
Please participate or choose a team and pledge your support!
For more info or to form a team, contact Beth Chato by email: ejchato@gmail.com or at 217-344-6803.

Bird-a-thon pledges contribute to our Kendeigh Grant Fund for Education which funds Ornithologic Research in Illinois. Your birdathon contributions go toward the CCAS Kendeigh Memorial Fund, which supports scientific ornithological research in Illinois. Since its beginning in 1988, the fund has supported over $30,000 of research projects on Illinois birds. Topics have ranged from the impact of cowbird nest predation to the varied problems of declining grassland birds. Many grant recipients have gone on to prestigious careers in the natural history field. A successful Birdathon will support next year’s grants and move toward our dream of a sustaining endowment fund.

Tuesday, May 19th at 12pm
CCAS Webinar : Gardening for Wildlife
In place of some of our regularly scheduled programs, we will be providing a series of webinars in the coming month or so. These will be given via ZOOM and will be recorded for viewing after the event. Here is some information about using ZOOM if you have not before https://www.owllabs.com/blog/zoom. Information about how to join the webinar will be sent after registration has been completed. Please fill out this google form to pre-register for the event: https://forms.gle/ekFXKYxEGugPf7Z98They will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube to view at a later time so even if you are unable to attend the virtual webinar, please register at the link for each webinar to receive a link to the recorded webinar.

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).

Programs
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)
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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