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Coming Up:
(see below for recurring events)

Saturday, April 1, 7:30am
CCAS Member’s Birdwalk: Urbana Park District’s Perkins Project

The Perkins Project is a future park with excellent water, shorebird, and warbler habitat. We will meet at the Perkins road dog park along with a UPD staff member, who will unlock the gates.

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, April 6, 7pm
April Program: Global Insights from Local Birds: Research Findings and Natural History Observations from Our Backyards
Urbana Free Library Auditorium
Presenter: Loren Merrill, Postdoctoral Researcher at the INHS
Loren has had the opportunity to photograph his birding adventures the world over. Through his travels, Loren has gone birding and taken part in research on 5 different continents, 14 countries, and 48 states.

For this talk, he will highlight some of his research in the Champaign area, examining questions of how landscape composition impacts health and condition of shrub-nesting birds.

Through these photographic adventures, we can gain important insight into the life of birds even in our own backyards.

Saturday, April 8, 7:30am
CCAS Member’s Birdwalk: Trelease Woods & Phillips Tract

Trelease Woods has strong promise for owls while the diverse Phillips Tract will surely be overflowing with warblers. Meet at the back of the Urbana Meijer’s parking lot on Philo road. We’ll then carpool the short distance to the plots, where a U of I staff member will unlock the gates for us.

Thursday, April 20, 7pm
Board Meeting

At Anita Purves Nature Center. Members are welcome.

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.
This is the newest Champaign County Preserve, just south of Fisher and not often visited. It has the Lincoln Ash Tree, one of the largest in the state, as well as several groves of large oaks and a prairie restoration. Should have a wide variety of spring migrant birds.

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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)

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