Calendar of Programs and Events

Thursday, February 1, 7pm
February Program: Gardening for Wildlife
Urbana Free Library
The days indoors during the snowy, cold winter are the perfect time to plan for spring plantings and summer gardens. Learn not only how to bring birds to your yard but how to encourage a healthy and interactive ecosystem. We will discuss native plants, backyard critters, and learning to “embrace the mess” of a well-balanced garden. Presentation by board president, Sara Johnson.  Light refreshments will be served.

Great Backyard Bird Count Events:

  • Saturday, February 17, 9am-4pm (Guided Hikes at 10am and 3pm)
    Anita Purves Nature Center
    Help with bird conservation by counting birds for as little or as long as you like. Audubon members will be there to help with identification in the Wildlife Observation Room and will lead hikes at 10am and 3pm. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 384-4062.
  • Monday, February 19, 1-5pm (Live birds 2-4pm!)
    Homer Lake Interpretive Center
    Enjoy making bird-themed crafts and help count the birds at our feeders for this citizen science event. From 2-4pm, see birds up close! UI researchers will demonstrate bird banding outside, and we will host live birds from the Wildlife Medical Clinic inside. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

Monday, February 19, 7pm
CCAS Board Meeting

Anita Purves Nature Center

Saturday, March 3, 7:30am
CCAS Member’s Birdwalk: Meadowbrook Park
Meet at the Race street parking lot.

Sundays, March 4 – May 27, 7:30-9am
Sunday Morning Bird Walks
Anita Purves Nature Center

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).

Saturday, March 10, 8-9am
Low Mobility Bird Sit
Crystal Lake Park

Meet in Crystal Lake Park at the magic bridge parking lot. Bring a comfortable chair and a pair of binoculars. The best way to find the parking lot is to use the N. Broadway entrance to Crystal Lake Park and drive until you see familiar faces!

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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, 7:15 p.m.
At Anita Purves Nature Center (no meetings June, July, December) The January meeting may be held on a different date/place.


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

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