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Coming Up:
(see below for recurring events)

Saturday, April 29, 8am
Field Trip to Sangamon River Forest Preserve
Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot at 8am to car pool.

Sundays, March 5 - May 28, 7:30-9am
Sunday Morning Bird Walks

Our most popular event! Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway, Urbana, at 7:30 AM. Walks in the nearby Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park officially last about 1 1/2 hours (though some intrepid birders stay later).

Thursday, May 4, 7pm
May Program: 2016 Kendeigh Grant Recipients
Urbana Free Library Auditorium
Presenters: Cassandra Wilcoxen & Brett Dorak
Cassandra Wilcoxen’s research examined the use of cover crops on agricultural fields and whether they are beneficial to birds during spring migration.
Brett Dorak’s project examined wintering ecology of urban populations of Canada Geese, with the goal of investigating the movements of wintering goose populations and their use of thermal refuges in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area.

Saturday, May 6
Spring Bird Count

Join this important citizen science intiative that’s been in existence for over 40 years! Birders go to assigned locations for all or part of the day, and record numbers of each of all bird species seen, which are then turned into the County compiler. For more info, contact Beth Chato at ejchato at gmail dot com, or 217-344-6803.

May 7 - 14
34th Annual Birdathon

During the Birdathon, teams 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. Birdathon contributions go toward the CCAS Kendeigh Memorial Fund, which supports scientific ornithological research in Illinois.
Contact Beth Chato, ejchato at gmail dot com, 217-344-6803. Or download more info and a pledge form.

Saturday, May 13, 7:30am
Member’s Birdwalk at Trelease woods/Phillips tract

Meet at Urbana Meijer’s parking lot

Thursday, May 18, 7pm
Board Meeting

At Anita Purves Nature Center. Members are welcome.

Saturday May 27, 8am
Field Trip to Allerton Park

Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot at 8am to carpool.


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Recurring Events:
Sunday Morning Birdwalks
March-May & Sept-Oct
Sundays, 7:30 - 9:00am
Our most popular event! Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway, Urbana, at 7:30 AM. Walks in the nearby Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park officially last about 1 1/2 hours (though some intrepid birders stay later).

CCAS Programs
First Thursday of the month, 7pm
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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Annual Bird Counts:
CCAS participates in several bird counts throughout the year. Any members, regardless of skill level, are welcome! Check the calendar above, or the current Meadowlark Messenger, for more information.

  • Great Backyard Bird Count
    Held in mid-February each year, this nationwide count is sponsored by National Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Participants count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC anywhere they wish: yard, a local park or preserve, etc. They then report results on the GBBC website. You may also download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device. CCAS also usually schedules an official observation time at the Anita Purves Nature Center bird viewing window.


  • Illinois Spring Bird Count
    The Illinois Spring Bird Count was initiated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in 1975. It occurrs annually on the Saturday that falls between May 4th and May 10th.

  • Spring Bird-a-Thon
    The Bird-a-thon is the CCAS annual fundraiser for our Kendeigh Scholarships, awarded to students conducting bird research in Illinois. The Birdathon starts the Sunday after the Illinois Spring Bird Count and lasts one week. Please participate or choose a team and pledge your support.

  • Christmas Bird Count - Champaign County
    The CBC is a program of the National Audubon Society and provides a long-term database on bird populations. CBCs are held all over North America, and have begun to be held in Central & South America as well. Champaign County has been participating in this program for more than 50 years. The CCAS count is always held the first Saturday of the count period (Dec 14 - Jan 5).

    Other counts that some CCAS members also participate in:
    - Clinton Lake
    - Forest Glen
    - Middle Fork

    More Info about CBBC's
    Map of Count Circles in the U.S.

  • Eagle Count
    The annual Eagle Count is coordinated by Illinois Audubon. CCAS members count eagles on the Illinois River between Havana & Beardstown, usually in early January.


Third Thursday of the Month, 7:15 PM
CCAS Board Meeting, Anita Purves Nature Center (no meetings June, July, December.
January meeting may be held at a different date/place.)

Thursdays, 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Listen to the Environmental Almanac on WILL AM-580, repeated at 6:45pm. Ideas for future bird pieces are welcome. Contact Rob Kanter for more information.




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