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Saturday, February 23
 

10:15am CST

Birds in the Garden: Tips for Creating and Enjoying a Bird Oasis
Creating a bird oasis connects us to nature and supports birds. This photo-rich presentation featuring a Chicago bird garden illustrates how it’s possible to attract 100+ bird species. Tips include landscape enhancements, practices and plant selection—with emphasis on natives/nativars. Also covered: Chicago’s bird diversity, migration, habitat, diet, nesting, supplemental support, and citizen science.

Presenters
avatar for Pam Karlson

Pam Karlson

Artist • Gardener, Waxwing Studio, inc.
Pam is a career artist, gardener, birder and wildlife rehabilitation volunteer who has been rescuing migratory birds for nearly 15 years. Her passion for nature and gardening led her to the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden for gardening/design certifications... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CST
rm. 45

10:15am CST

Identification of Shorebirds and Their Distribution in the Chicago Area
Many individuals shy away from shorebird identification because “shorebirds all look the same.” This presentation aims to dispel that notion. We stress the importance of shape, structure, and proportions in identification, with plumage features coming into play only to decide between two or three species. We also discuss where and when to find shorebirds in the Chicago area.

Presenters
avatar for Geoff Williamson

Geoff Williamson

Third Coast Birding
Geoff Williamson has been interested in birds since the age of eight. He is co-editor of the Illinois-Indiana regional reports in North American Birds, the journal of ornithological record published by the American Birding Association. He serves as secretary of the Illinois Ornithological... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CST
rm. 44

11:15am CST

SPLIT SESSION: Assessing The Chicago Area’s Contribution to Broader-scale Grassland Bird Conservation Efforts / The Effects of Bison Reintroduction on Grassland Bird Nest Success in Tallgrass Prairie
Assessing The Chicago Area’s Contribution to Broader-scale Grassland Bird Conservation Efforts
Jim Herkert, Illinois Audubon Society and Daniel Saurez, Audubon Great Lakes
The Chicago Area supports large populations of grassland birds due in large part to the lands owned and managed by conservation organizations and county, state, and federal governments.  In this presentation we will discuss recent analyses that have been focused on assessing the role of the Chicago area in broader-scale conservation efforts for Bobolinks and Grasshopper and Henslow’s sparrows.

The Effects of Bison Reintroduction on Grassland Bird Nest Success in Tallgrass Prairie
Heather Herakovich , Northern Illinois University
Restoration projects have sought to increase the quality and size of tallgrass prairie fragments in Illinois, hypothetically increasing breeding habitat for grassland birds. American bison are now being reintroduced to some of these restorations as a management tool. This presentation will go over how this reintroduction impacted the nest success of grassland nesting birds at Nachusa Grasslands.

Presenters
avatar for Heather Herakovich

Heather Herakovich

PhD, Northern Illinois University
Newly minted PhD. Would love to talk jobs with your institution!
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Jim Herkert

Illinois Audubon Society


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm CST
rm. 22

11:15am CST

SPLIT SESSION: Secretive Marsh Birds in the Big City / Cook County's Swamp Chicken… AKA the King Rail
Secretive Marsh Birds in the Big City
Stephanie Beilke, Audubon Great Lakes and Anastasia Rahlin,  Illinois Natural History Survey
A regional marsh bird study explores how secretive marsh birds are impacted by urbanization in the Chicago area.

Cook County's Swamp Chicken… AKA the King Rail 
Chuck Rizzo, Forest Preserves of Cook County 
The King Rail, once a common bird, has experienced a drop in its population. Our understanding of its biology and habitat needs is poor, prompting us to initiate a field study. Because the King Rail spends its life in marshes, this species is difficult to study. In 2013 we located one adult bird. In 2014 we banded 3 chicks. The information from these birds helped us improve habitat for this species.

Presenters
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Anastasia Rahlin

Associate Ornithologist, Illinois Natural History Survey
Migratory bird diversity, rail and cryptic wetland bird conservation, red-headed woodpecker declines
avatar for Charles Rizzo

Charles Rizzo

Forest Preserves of Cook County


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm CST
rms. 52, 53

1:30pm CST

Bird Migration Around Chicago: Spatial and Temporal Variability
Nearly all bird species in the Chicago region are migratory. But migration is not monolithic: different species and guilds migrate at different times and in different parts of the region. This talk focuses on landbird migration, documenting its variability and considering how it affects our management of the landscape.

Presenters
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Douglas F. Stotz

Field Museum


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 33, 34

1:30pm CST

Protecting Piping Plovers in the Great Lakes
The shores of the Great Lakes were once home to nearly 800 pairs of Piping Plovers, a small shorebird. Today, about 75 pairs remain. Learn about research on these birds, current recovery efforts, and recent nesting attempts in the Chicago area. Color-banding has given us the opportunity to get to know individuals - hear a few stories about plovers that the researchers have come to know well!

Presenters
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Sarah Saunders

National Audubon Society


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 42, 43

2:10pm CST

The State of Chicago Wilderness Grasslands and their Management
The CW Grassland Bird Task Force has recently completed an assessment of grassland management activities in Chicago Wilderness. We will discuss the implications of current management regimes on imperiled grassland bird species as well as how we might make more informed landscape-level management decisions. We will also provide an update on regional grassland bird trends from the last few years.

Presenters
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Jim Herkert

Illinois Audubon Society
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Daniel Suarez

Audubon Great Lakes


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm CST
rms. 42, 43

2:50pm CST

Love Warblers? Give Lots of Love to LaBagh!
LaBagh Woods has recorded as many warblers at a site in Cook County as any other site, even including Montrose. Why is LaBagh such a great place to see warblers? What warblers can you expect to see? How are we restoring it to make it even more warbler friendly? Learn this and more, AND take the warbler ID quiz to see if you are ready for 2019's spring migration.

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Skrentny

Jeff Skrentny

Restoration / Workday Leader, FPCC Volunteer
I began birding on January 1, 2006, after reading the "The Big Year" by Mark Obmascik. My first species seen as a birder was a Bald Eagle. I have been a birder and lister ever since. This mild birding proficiency turned into invites to join my kids' 3rd - 5th grade Mighty Acorn program... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm CST
rm. 48

3:30pm CST

Bird Conservation in the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Bird monitors, researchers and stewards discuss what it takes to maintain or restore key bird habitat types. They will share a new publication that uses monitoring data to identify the most important preserves for birds in the Cook County Forest Preserves and shares best practices for habitat restoration. Two smaller preserves with many challenges and attempted solutions—Somme Prairie Grove and Somme Prairie Nature Preserve—serve as examples. Bring your questions!

Presenters
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Jim Herkert

Illinois Audubon Society
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Stephen Packard

Site Steward, Somme Preserves
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Judith Pollock

Living Habitats, Chicago Audubon Society, Chicago Ornithological Society
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Laurel Ross

Chicago Audubon Society


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm CST
rms. 33, 34

3:30pm CST

Cavity-nesting Birds in Chicago's Cemeteries
Cemeteries comprise only a small part of Chicago's urban forest, but to wildlife they offer resources that are difficult to find in the surrounding hardscape. One resource is dead and dying trees (“snags”), on which cavity-nesting birds depend for nesting and foraging. In Chicago’s cemeteries we assessed snag availability as well as other aspects of habitat quality as relevant to cavity-nesting birds.

Presenters
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Alexis Smith

University of Illinois at Chicago


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm CST
rms. 52, 53

4:10pm CST

Community Science - Stories from All-Star Bird Monitors
We'll hear from local volunteers about their adventures in the field and learn more about bird monitoring projects that they have been contributing to. Each citizen scientist will provide a brief introduction about their project, a story from the field and an opportunity for audience members to learn more about how they can participate.  Presenters include: Mike McNamee (Orland Grasslands), Rich and Marion Miller (Chimney Swifts), Libby Keyes (Secretive March Bird Surveys), and Suzanne Erin (Climate Watch Surveys and Hyde Park Cemetery).

Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Beilke

Stephanie Beilke

Audubon Great Lakes
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Diane Hicks

Bird Conservation Network


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:10pm - 4:55pm CST
rms. 40, 41