October Announcements

This Thursday’s library meeting has been CANCELLED.  So sorry folks.

Unfortunately, our speaker for this month had a conflict and we could not secure another in time, so there is NO MEETING Thursday, October 24th, 7pm at the Danville Public Library.  See below for a weekend hike and upcoming winter activities.

Fall hike to Russell Duffin Woods Nature Preserve at Forest Glen

This Sunday, October 27th, 2PM  

SEE POST FOR DETAILS: http://www.middleforkaudubon.org/fall-colors-hike/

This will be a fairly strenuous hike so be prepared for steep hills.  Bring water.

For those who prefer an easier hike, we recommend the Beech Grove handicap trail, within Russell Duffin Woods, which has been recently resurfaced.  Trail head for this hike is found at the second parking lot inside Forest Glen. Look for the handicap sign on the left. 

Reminder:  Traditionally we have no meeting in November due to the Thanksgiving holiday

December is bird count month!

We are already gearing up for the annual Christmas bird counts!  There will be 3 bird counts over the Christmas/New Year’s Day holiday season, one in Champaign County and two in Vermilion County.  Dates and times TBA.  If you have never counted before, consider participating this year. 

The recent report published in the journal Science reveals disturbing evidence that our bird populations are in serious decline.  Some of this data was derived from bird census data like these Christmas bird counts!  These enjoyable birding days have tremendous value as birders/citizen scientists accumulate important information on population trends worldwide.  We hope you will consider being a part of this important event. 

To further explore this unprecedented discovery join us at the Danville Public Library at 7pm

January 23rd, 2020, Tara Beveroth will be our speaker to discuss declining bird population trends.  Tara works for the Critical Trends Assessment Program, monitoring birds in forests, wetlands, and grasslands throughout Illinois.  She also coordinates two state wide bird monitoring programs Spring Bird Count and Monitoring of Owls and Nightjars in Illinois. In addition to coordinating bird monitoring programs, she spends time managing databases, writing reports, making maps using GIS, and educating the public.

Questions? Contact Suzanne Smith at suzanne56smith@gmail.com