Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a citizen science project organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. In the United States it was first conducted in 1998.  In 2013 it was launched as a global event.  Two years later nearly half the known bird species worldwide were reported. The GBBC is the first citizen science project of it's kind.  The collection of sightings online and display of the data is available close to real time.  Last year there were more than 160,000 participants.  This was the largest instantaneous recording of global bird populations ever offered. The information is used to track species migration and population trends.  Because it is always the second week in February the data can be used to give an accurate…
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2020 Spring Gathering – Registration Open

Greetings all! Illinois Audubon is offering a wonderful line-up of programs and field trips in 2020. See info below for information about the 2020 Spring Gathering. Each year this event is hosted by a different IAS chapter to give you the opportunity to experience the various habitats and wildlife around the state. Consider signing up for this event to learn more about Illinois wildlife while meeting others who love spending time outdoors learning about and appreciating birds and other wildlife. In addition, while waiting for warmer weather to arrive, consider planning a field trip or two with IAS. Go to for the complete listing for the year. Some are already booked so don't hesitate to review the offerings and sign up for a trip today! REGISTER NOW FOR…
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January 23, 2020 Meeting & Program

Birds: Here? There? Not Really Everywhere with Tara Beveroth Illinois Natural History Survey Avian Biologist Thursday, January 23 @ 7:00 PM at the South Mad Goat Coffee House (just off I-74) Birds are declining all over the world, and the numbers at which they are declining is staggering. Come learn how scientists and citizen scientists alike are monitoring bird populations in North American and, more specifically, in Illinois. Understanding which species are facing the biggest threats, and what we can do to help them, is critical to the long-term health of many species. We are pleased to have Tara Beveroth bring us up to speed on this issue of great concern. Originally from northwest Illinois, she attended Western Illinois University where she received her B.S. and M.S. She joined the…
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