Calendar of Programs and Events
35th Annual Birdathon
Illinois birds are in trouble – and you can help!
Participate in the count, or pledge a donation! During the Birdathon, teams & individuals eagerly search for as many birds 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. More Info & Pledge Form. Questions? Contact Beth Chato by email or phone (344-6803).
Audubon Photography Awards Traveling Exhibit
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, During Regular Open Hours
Today’s best bird photography is a portal into the natural world, and these images from the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards will inspire and inform you. The 12 images on display were chosen from nearly 5,500 images submitted to the National Audubon Society in the Amateur, Professional, and Youth categories.
FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June Potluck and Swallow-watching
Thursday, June 7, 6pm; potluck begins at 6:30pm
Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve
Enjoy an evening at beautiful Homer Lake with fellow bird enthusiasts while you watch the Cliff Swallows and many other swallows. Please bring your own table service, your own beverage and a dish to share.
Summer Solstice Celebration
Thursday, June 21st at 7:30pm
Meadowbrook Park – Windsor Road Parking lot
Welcome the long summer days with an evening summer solstice celebration. We will walk the prairie looking for nighthawks, swallows, raptors, and songbirds while enjoying the wildflower display. Watch the sunset from the observation deck and finish the evening with some lemonade. Wheelchair accessible and family friendly.
Monday, Aug 20, 7pm
Anita Purves Nature Center
CCAS Members welcome.
Sunday Morning Bird Walks
Sundays, Sept 2 – Oct 28, 7:30-9am
Anita Purves Nature Center
Our most popular event! Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway, Urbana. Walks in the nearby Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park officially end at 9am (though some birders stay later if there are lots of birds around).
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).
See Bird Count page.
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.