2015 Middlefork River Valley CBC Results by Steve Bailey

Here are the results from the Middle Fork River Valley Christmas Bird Count held this winter on December 16, 2015. BIG thanks to all of this year’s other count participants and those who have either helped several times on the Middle Fork CBC or who have helped virtually every year of this CBCs 32 year history! Special thanks to Connie Cunningham and especially Grant Cunningham for sharing their home near Oakwood to once again host this year’s CBC compilation potluck dinner. Grant’s venison stews and/or chili are always an enjoyable and welcome, warm and tasty meal after a long, cold day counting birds! Observers were out counting birds from 5:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Birds tallied included 76 species on the day of the count, plus three Count Week species…
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Prairie Chicken Program this Thursday, October 22nd, at 7PM in the Danville Public Library

Bob Gillespie, IDNR Natural Resources Coordinator of Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, will be the guest speaker at the October Middlefork Audubon meeting. Bob has been integral in the recovery project at Prairie Ridge and will be bringing sounds and images to tell his story of restoring the prairie chicken to the Illinois landscape. Come learn about leks, booms, and more as we explore this rare species of Illinois! The evening will begin with a short business meeting followed by the program and refreshments. Hope you can join us!
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Bird Seed Sale

Winter is around the corner and so it is time to think about getting feeders ready for our feathered friends. Order forms for the annual Middlefork Audubon bird seed sale will be available at the meeting. This annual sale raises funds for workbooks used by elementary students at the Outdoor School program of the Vermilion County Conservation District. Deadline for orders is Monday, October 26th. Contact Bob Schifo at 217-260-2349. [caption id="attachment_199" align="aligncenter" width="744"] 2015 Bird Sale Order Form[/caption]  
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