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Gulf of Mexico BP Oil Disaster: How to Help

  1. 1. CHICAGO AUDUBON SOCIETY Periodicals 5801-C N. Pulaski Road Chicago, IL 60646-6057 Navigating the world of birds and nature VOLUME 24, ISSUE 4 JULy/ AUGUST 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP Oil Disaster: How to Help Important message From natIonal audubon -- US Fish & Wildlife with National Audubon and TriState Bird Rescue & Here’s wHat you can do locally: Research: If you normally feed birds, whether in your backyard or on a window sill or a The Ocean Conservancy: patio, National Audubon is asking that you keep feeding the birds throughout the summer and all the way through Fall migration. If the birds begin their The Nature Conservancy: Fall migration journey with added body weight--which gives them added energy--they may not need to stop over and re-fuel as they normally would art31619.html in the damaged areas of the Gulf. They may be able to make it all the way to State of Louisiana Volunteer Service: South America without stopping. This is an extremely important request from State of Mississippi Volunteer Service: National Audubon. Your efforts are essential to its success! Please pass the State of Alabama Volunteer Service: word to everyone you know and ask them to pass along the message. State of Florida Volunteer Service: Environmental Defense Fund: National Resources Defense Fund: The response to National Audubon’s call for volunteers has been enormous. National Audubon anticipates volunteer activities will include: Over 1,000 people a day are being added to the volunteer rosters. We encour- age everyone who is interested to please sign up immediately because main- • Coastal Bird Survey: Collecting data and photos on bird resources and impacts taining a large pool of potential volunteers is very important to the success across the coast according to specific scientific protocols. of the organizational needs in the Gulf coast area. Also, please be patient. • Wildlife Transport Facilitator: Assisting USFWS and Tri-State Bird Rescue National is in the process of sorting out the various types of volunteer skills with volunteers scheduled in round-the-clock shifts in key locations for injured/ that will be needed and matching them to people who will be available. It is oiled wildlife recovery and transport operations throughout the coastal region. very important that potential volunteers not travel to the Louisiana gulf areas • Bird Capture and Rescue Materials: Volunteers are needed to make nets, on their own. Please wait until you are contacted. Your participation in the cages and other materials to assist trained professionals in oiled bird rescue efforts. sign-up process is essential and there will also be opportunities to participate • Citizen Science Monitoring: Submitting electronic information on birds in long-term restoration efforts. We are including sign-up opportunities offered sightings at Important Bird Areas, refuges or sanctuaries to assess population by other organizations. The more places you have signed with, the better your impacts, numbers of target species or species of concern chances of being called into service. • Bird Hotline Operators: Providing on-site bird expertise for our Volun- teer Response Center as well as possibly in field offices of BP, Tri-State Bird Audubon Volunteer Sign-up and How to Help: Rescue and others involved in response efforts to address issues related to; bird sightings, handling, species identification, etc. National Wildlife Federation Volunteer Sign-up: Audubon has been working for the health of the Gulf for years. We can help Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana: volunteers to make a difference now, when it’s needed the most. Together we Deepwater Horizon Unified Command (through World Wildlife Fund): can help the region grow even stronger long after the headlines fade. Cornell Lab of Ornithology How to Help: Interested volunteers may register as described above. Also, to follow more of National Audubon efforts, go to Audubon on Twitter and Facebook. D uring the winter days of January 15-17, National Audubon Society The BP Oil Leak Disaster of crude oil soaked Brown Pelicans are agonizingly painful to watch under and the National Wildlife Federation By Carolyn A. Marsh incomprehensible circumstances. hosted a workshop in New Orleans, Chicago Audubon Society Louisiana with Audubon chapter leaders from seven Mississippi River devastating impacts on the local the bayous, marshes, and beaches on states. The purpose of the workshop communities caused by the British the Gulf of Mexico. Attendees were was to gain knowledge of coastal Petroleum oil leak. And it was where informed of the urgent issues of the land loss problems, threats of climate region, which enabled them to return President Obama held a press conference. change, and restoration solutions. to their organization and communities as advocates for coastal Louisiana At Port Fourchon, birders learned restoration throughout the Mississippi about the recovery of nesting Brown River Basin. Pelicans, the state bird of Louisi- January 2010. Louisiana marshes. ana, which had nearly disappeared Photo by Carol Ann Garrett, Included in the workshop was a field in 1963. The Brown Pelican in the trip to Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge Pacific and Gulf Coast ranges were Audubon Louisiana Important and Grand Isle State Park. Elmer’s just removed from the U.S. Fish and Bird Areas Island is a 230-acre tract of barrier Wildlife Service Endangered Species Louisiana is the southernmost welcome beachfront located on the southwest- List in November 2009. News photos center along the Mississippi River fly- January 2010. Chicago Audubon Board ern tip of Jefferson Parish. Birders way. Its coastal areas comprise barrier member Carl Ann Garrett and Vice observed impressive numbers of islands and headland beaches that are President Chris Van Wassenhove attend Clapper Rails, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed a critical link between North American a workshop hosted by National Audubon Sparrows, and Seaside Sparrows. On nesting grounds and wintering areas in and the National Wildlife Federation. Grand Isle, Red Knot, Wilson’s Plo- Latin America for many songbirds and Photo by Carol Ann Garrett. ver, and the threatened Piping Plover other Neotropical migrants. Coastal Louisiana restoration were sighted scurrying among other Chicago Audubon Society leaders, shorebirds on the beach. The southeast coast also provides nest- Christine Van Wassenhove, Ann ing grounds for Roseate Spoonbills, Garrett, and Carolyn Marsh, were These are the same bird habitats Royal and Caspian Terns, Black-necked among 40 from Minnesota, Wiscon- where heavy oil has washed up on the Stilts, Great and Snowy Egrets, Tricol- .January 2010. Three very healthy Brown ored Herons and Black Skimmers. sin, Illinois,Missouri, Arkansas, Mis- shore. Grand Isle is now the staging Pelicans in the Louisiana Marches. sissippi, and Louisiana that toured area for journalists that report on the Photo by Carol Ann Garrett. Continued on page 2
  2. 2. The BP Oil Leak Disaster Spring Bird Count 2007 Cook County COMPASS continued from page 2 We wish to thank the 163 birders who took part in the Cook County portion of the Illinois Spring Bird Count on May 5th. Chicago Audubon Society Chicago Audubon Society There are 23more areas Audubon Important Bird are still a number not yet covered. Please contact us if you wish to We covered designed than ever before but there Areas (IBA) inyear. Excellent work by all! priori- North Park Village North Park Village participate next Louisiana. Three have been tized as globally significant. A fourth IBA has been 5801-C N. Pulaski Road 5801-C N. Pulaski Road Chicago, IL 60646-6057 identified as continentally significant. Another is the 2007 2006 2005 Chicago, IL 60646-6057 Some “regular” species numbers are fairly Estuary Southeast IBA of the Barataria-Terrebonne consistent: CANADA GOOSE: where the occurrences of 410 different bird species 2,021 2,019 2,187 (773) 539-6793 MALLARD: Audubon’s IBA program recognizes were verified. 1,030 1,028 752 and C CORMcriticalT: D- protects ORAN places that birds depend on as 572 626 646 AMERICAN ROBIN: network which follows proto- part of an international 2,567 2,544 3,212 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW: 1,715 1,886 1,811 col and criteria established by Birdlife International. AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 965 1,077 1,017 Some “regular” species fluctuated a bit (up or down): January 2010. Louisiana coastline. Participants at work- Audubon response AMERICAN COOT: shop hosted 439 by National Audubon 1 National Wildlife 23 and 127 Since CK-CROWNEDHorizon HERON: BLA the Deepwater NIGHT oil rig exploded 50 46 28by Carol Ann Garrett 3 518 Federation. Photo miles off RY SANDPIPER: SOLITA the Louisiana shore on April 20th, the 26 76 126 Audubon N TERN: CASPIA agenda radically shifted to cope amid the federal court 9 18 against the U.S.54 4 Minerals Manage- 1,059 greatestBILLED GULL: disaster in the history of the RING- environmental 3,992The first lawsuit 2 11,90 challenges the906 12, ment Service. United States.WIFT: CHIMNEY S 336 643 235 federal agency’s illegal exemption of oil drilling HOUSE WREN: 180 259 139 NationalCROWNEorganized ET:oil spill volunteer companies from critical safety and environmental RUBY- Audubon D KINGL an 406 237 391 response actionGNATCATCHER:Help information: requirements. The latest lawsuit challenges the BLUE-GRAY center (How to 399 191 291 Editor: Skipper Joy Wolters (, :coordinating rehabilita- agency’s arbitrary approval of BP’s oil spill clean- Layout Design: Orca Graphics BLUE-WINGED WARBLER 28 65 44 Editor: Skipper Joy Wolters tion efforts LE WARBLEU.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser- NASHVIL through the R: up plan. 326 164 220 The Compass is the Noël Maguigad Layout Artist: official publica- vice LLOW-RUMPEBirdARBLER& Research: (www. YE with Tri-State D W Rescue : 856. 1,721 1,895 tion of the Chicago Audubon Society, The Compass is the official publication of PALM WARBL Tri-State was contracted by BP to Earthjustice 79 also filed a1Freedom of Information 6 has ,638 1,446 a chapter of the National Audubon the Chicago Audubon Society, a chapter of provideEwildlife NED SPARROW: WHIT -CROW assistance for species impacted by petition aimed at uncovering4what chemicals ,are in 563 90 2 025 the National Audubon Society. The Soci- Society. The Chicago Audubon Chicago Audubon Society, an Illinois corporation, ety, an Illinois non-profit non-profit theAVAleak. H SPARROW: S oil NNA the dispersants being used to break up the oil 307 157 40 trail. corporation, has been granted tax-exempt has been granted tax-exempt status by Some “species of concern” or of interest: status by the federal government. The the federal government. The Compass Chicago Audubon reachedNT: to Illinois birders to RING-NECKED PHEASA out Sidebar: 4 4 4 Compass and the Chicago Audubon Society are not responsible Audubon Society all and the Chicago for the accuracy of are coordinateY: efforts by those interested in volun- BLUE JA any In 2009, Chicago Audubon took a position against 336 271 422 information publishedthe for opinions all not responsible for or accuracy of teering to helpCROW: clean up. AMERICAN with the the mining of 3 sands oil in1Alberta Canada2and 16 tar 89 28 expressed in this publication.for opinions information published or BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE: 188 222 248 against its refinement for gasoline at the BP Whiting expressed in this publication. Compass (ISSN 1097-7899) is published bi- The D-HEAofED WOODPECKER: RE onset D legal battles Refinery. Carolyn Marsh was 17petitioner with 22 24 a the monthly by the Chicago Audubon Society, WOOD THRUSH: As oil plumes and tar balls extended into the gulf 37 41 Legal Environmental Aid Foundation of Indiana, 48 5801-C N. Pulaski,1097-7899) 60646-6057. Compass (ISSN Chicago, IL is pub- beaches, N-WINGED Wthe BLER: panhandle, myri- GOLDE reaching into AR Florida 4 24 28 Distributed to membership ($5 allotted from lished bi-monthly by the Chicago Inc. that successfully challenged the low amount dues). Periodicals postage paid at Chicago, ad ROWN-Hwere ED COWBIRD: and government. B lawsuits EAD filed against BP of pollution6calculated in the4air permit that In- 9 89 87 52 Audubon Society, 5801-C N. Pulaski, IL. Postmaster: send address changes to diana and BP claimed would be emitted around Compass, IL 60646-6057. Distributed Chicago, c/o Chicago Audubon Society, 5801-C N. Pulaski,($5 allotted 60646-6057. to membersship Chicago, IL from Earthjustice, representingof 2007 Documented Species Below are sample listings the Gulf Restoration Net- u) 1 Michigan. The U.S. – LaBagh Woods Protection Lake Townsend’s Warbler Environmental FP, first dues). Periodicals postage paid at work and Sierra Club, filed seven lawsuits in where (written or photographed) from various areas, observed ordered Indiana to rewrite the airand Ann Agency by Michal Furmanek, then by Janet permit. Audubon info Postmaster: send address Chicago, IL. hotline: (847) 299-3505 they were found, and by whom: Pelligrini (for SBC); many observers the following 3 days. changes to Compass, c/o Chicago Report sightings to: (847) 265-2117 a) 1 ‘swan species’ (Trumpeter or Tundra) – Montrose v) 1 Summer Tanager – Bemis Woods FP, Jeff Armstrong Rare bird Society, 5801-C N. Pulaski, Audubon alert: (847) 265-2118 Harbor, Tom Kelly, et al. w) 1 American Tree Sparrow – LaBagh Woods FP, Bud Chicago, IL 60646-6057. A Victory at Indian Ridge Marsh b) 2 Green-winged Teal – Paul Douglas FP, Stan Stec Wagner Report injured birds-Chicago Bird Collision Monitors: (773) 988-1867 c) 1 Little Blue Heron – Busse Woods FP, Alan Anderson x) 3 Vesper Sparrow – south Cook FP’s along Des Plaines Report sightings to: (773) 539-6793 d) 2 Northern Harrier – Bartel Grasslands FP, Dick Riner, Marcisz By Walter River, John Duran Activity line: (773) 539-6793, press 1 Report injured birds to Chicago Bird et al. y) i) 1 Dark-eyed Junco -- LaBagh Woods, David Web page: A fter many months of planning, the Chicago e) i) 1 juv. Bald Eagle – Palos Hills area, John Duran At a subsequent April 1, 2010 Calumet Projects meet- Brenner Collision Monitors: (773) 988-1867 Audubon Office Administrator: Skipper Department of Environment’s Indian Ridge Chet ii) 1 Bald Eagle -- Gillson Park, Evanston, Marsh ing (attended by Carolyn Marsh and myself), we found ii) 8 Dark-eyed Junco -- Northerly Island, David Activity line: (773) 539-6793, press 1 Wolters (773) 539-6793, fax (773) 539- Ecological Restoration Project is finally poised Cresham that the CAS recommendation to remove a south trail Willard, et al. 6830, Office Website: to take flight. Located in Bartel Grasslands, Dick Riner, iii)1 juv. Bald Eagle – the Calumet Region of from 122nd Dark-eyed Junco – Bemis Woods but a north iii) 1 Street had been implemented, FP, Jeff hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 Office Administrator: Skipper Wolters southeast Chicago, Indian Ridge Marsh (IRM) is et al. trail which appeared to be dangerously close to the Armstrong p.m. Closed Fridays. (773) 539-6793, f) 1 Willet – for its nesting population ofGresham En- well known Gillson Park, Evanston, Chet Illinois Black iv) 1 Dark-eyed Junco –rookeryFrancie Muraski- crowned Night-Heron feeder, was still in place. Office hours: Monday-Thursday 9:45 a.m. g) 12 Least Sandpipers -- Calumet area, Margaretwith dangered Black-crowned Night-Herons, along Baker Stotz After some discussion, a walk-through was scheduled - 4:00 p.m. Closed Fridays & Holidays. OFFICERS et al. significant populations of other rare and threatened z) 1 LeConte’s Sparrow -- Jackson Park, Randy for May 19, 2010. President: Joe Lill, (773) 631-3154 h) 2 Bonaparte’s Gull -- Gillson Park, Evanston, Chet wetland birds. Shonkwiler and Robert J. LeSeur OFFICERS Gresham The walk-through was Turtlehead Lake FP, Gary includ- aa) 1 Blue Grosbeak -- well attended by many, Clinkman Vice President: Alan Anderson, (847) 390- President: Roger Shamley, (773) i) 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove -- River Forest, Jill Anderson ing representativesBartel Grasslands FP, Dick of Environ- bb) 1 Dickcissel – of Chicago Department Riner 7437, j) 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo -- Turtlehead Lake FP, Gary 274-5362, ment,2Tetra Tech, U.S. Army Corps of Amar Ayyash cc) Rusty Blackbirds – Jackson Park, Engineers, and Treasurer: Jerry Garden, (773) 545-4632, Clinkman Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Carolyn state (NOTE: The documentation forms will be reviewed by Vice President: Chris Van Wassenhove, k) 1 E. Screech-Owl – Harms Woods FP, Jerry Garden Marsh, Roger Vernon Kleen before acceptance.)on behalf SBC compiler Shamley, and myself attended (773) 477-4618, Secretary: Barbara Kratochvil, (708) 485- l) 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher – Cranberry Slough FP, Judy Species observed this year but not in 2006 include: of the Chicago Audubon Society. The walk-through Treasurer: Bobbi Asher, (708) 771-2085, 3678, Pollock REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, m) 1 Loggerhead Shrike – Turtlehead Lake FP, Gary was an eyeTERN, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, E. SCREECH- COMMON opener for many, providing views of nest- COMMITTEE CHAIRS (630) 841-7110, Clinkman ing herons and Red-tailed Hawks at IRM, and a pair of OWL, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, Secretary: Annette Prince, Hotline: Doris Johanson, (847) 299-3505. n) i) 1 Winter Wren -- LaBagh Woods FP, David nesting Ospreys at a cell tower on adjacent property. CERULEAN WARBLER, TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, Awards: Alan Anderson (see Nominating Brenner The May 19 walk-through at Indian Ridge Marsh, located As part ofWARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, of the HOODED the walk-through, we traced the route below) COMMITTEE CHAIRS in the ii) 2 Winter Wren –southeast Park, PaulAttendees Calumet Region of Jackson Chicago. Clyne contested north trail, and after some debate it became AMERICAN TREE SPARROW AND RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Birdathon: Joe Lill, (773) 631-3154, included1 Golden-crowned Kinglet – Des Plaines, Robert o) i) representatives of the Chicago Dept of Envi- clear tonot observed this year but that were recorded in 2006: Species all relevant parties that the north trail simply Awards: Alan Anderson (see Nominating Johanson, et al. ronment, Tetra Tech, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the offered too many opportunities for disturbance to the AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, COMMON MERGANSER, below) -Education Chair: Joe Lill, (773) 631- Illinois Dept of Natural Resources, Chicago Audubon,Paul ii) 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet – Jackson Park, and COMMON LOON, WILD TURKEY, RED-SHOULDERED night-heron colony. There was more discussion, and Birdathon: Joe Lill, (773) 631-3154, 3154 Clyne, et al. many others. Photo by Jerry Attere of WRD Environmental. HAWK, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, AMERICAN ultimately the Chicago Department of Environment Field Trips: Doris Johanson, (847) 827- p) 1 Northern Mockingbird – Northerly Island, David WOODCOCK, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, BLACK-BILLED relented and agreed to remove the north trail from their 5930 Education Chair: Roger Shamley, (773) Willard, et al. from Tetra Tech and the U.S. Army Consultants CUCKOO, BARRED OWL, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, Corps of Engineers put together a 50% plan for the q) 1 Prothonotary Warbler – southern Chicago lakefront, plans. WHITE-EYED AND BELL’S VIREO, HORNED LARK, RED- Stewardship: Jerry Garden, 274-5362, (773) 545-4632, Michael Dani, et al. Stewardship: Dave Kosnik, (847) 456- IRM Restoration Project in 2009. A good plan over- A victory for the Birds—andBLACKBIRD. us! BREASTED NUTHATCH, and BREWER’S for all of A Nominating: Alan Anderson, (847) 390- r) but a few conspicuous–flaws became apparent all, 3 Connecticut Warbler McClaughry Woods PF, PHILADELPHIA VIREO was reported anonymously. The 6368, 7437, Sharron Hart, et al. trail map was published. Public when the proposed report could not be verified and, therefore, unfortunately, Nominating: Alan Anderson, (847) 390- Editorial: Skipper Joy Wolters, (773) 539- s) 1 Canada Warbler – LaBagh Woods FP, Walter comments were welcome, so Chicago Audubon could not be part of the official count. 7437, 6793, Krawiec, et al. Society sent a letter of recommendations regarding Publicity:Chair: Joe Lill, (847) 475-4986, Program Bill Schwaber, (773) 631-3154, t) 1 Yellow-breasted Chat – Lincoln Park (Caldwell Lily Pond), Steve Huggins Restoration Project to the U.S. the IRM Ecological Army Corps. The recommendations listed included Editorial: Skipper Joy Wolters, (773) 539- removal of two trails, which had been placed very NOTE: To see complete species totals for the years 2006, 2005, 2003: 6793, 2003, please visit: heron rookeries. Bird Conservation close to existing Network of Greater Chicago and Chicago Orni- 2006: pdf thological Society also signed on to the CAS list (If you have questions, please contact Alan Anderson, Cook of recommendations and sent their own letters of 0-4_2006.pdf County Compiler for Spring Bird Count support. At a Calumet Projects meeting in August of 2005: or phone the Chicago Audubon office 2009, consultants to the project embraced the CAS Indian Ridge Marsh, southeast Chicago. Photo by Jerry at 773-539-6793.) pdf comments in the letter. Attere of WRD Environmental. page 2 page 2
  3. 3. COOK COUNTY SPRING BIRD COUNT – MAY 8, 2010 Count Data, Recent Count Totals & Species Table County: Cook Date: May 8, 2010 Cook County coordinator/compiler: Alan Anderson, Research Committee, Chicago Audubon Society, Number of observers: 157 Number of parties: 73 [Number of areas/checklists submitted – (Cook Co. only*) = 70)] A very BIG “Thank You” to all who participated and contributed data to the 2010 According to Vern Kleen (long-time prior statewide compiler), the all time record high- Illinois Spring Bird Count in Cook County on May 8th. est species count in a county was 205 species in 1983 by Lake County. That is the same Please note that a complete list of participants’ names is on our website: year that Cook County recorded its highest number of species of 204 (also, Monk Para- keet and Eurasian Collared Dove were not considered ‘countable species’ at that time). Cook County Spring Bird Count from 2005 to present: Total numbers of participants, parties, checklists, and species reported each year. YEAR # Participants # Checklists # Parties # Species 2005 124 NA NA 192 2006 134 49 62 186 2007 163 73 79 181 2008 158 73 73 191 2009 139 61 78 198 2010 157 70 73 188 COOK COUNTY SPRING BIRD COUNT - SPECIES RESULTS May 8, 2010 *Total # Areas: This table shows how many checklists (out of 70 total) recorded each species, showing how widespread each species was spread over the county during count day. TOTAL # Individuals TOTAL # AREAS* TOTAL # Individuals TOTAL # AREAS* SPECIES REPORTED REPORTED Reporting (out of 70) SPECIES REPORTED REPORTED Reporting (out of 70) Canada Goose 1,885 56 Ring-billed Gull 2,406 55 Trumpeter Swan 2 1 Herring Gull 55 15 Mute Swan 33 8 (gull species) 2 1 Caspian Tern 506 13 Wood Duck 220 33 Black Tern 11 2 Gadwall 11 2 Common Tern 7 1 Mallard 1,117 58 Forster’s Tern 87 7 Blue-winged Teal 128 16 Northern Shoveler 13 3 Rock Pigeon 173 28 Green-winged Teal 8 3 Mourning Dove 227 43 Canvasback 1 1 Redhead 3 2 Monk Parakeet 34 6 Lesser Scaup 5 3 Black-billed Cuckoo 3 3 Black Scoter 1 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3 3 Bufflehead 3 3 Great Horned Owl 2 2 Hooded Merganser 4 3 Common Nighthawk 1 1 Common Merganser 3 2 Whip-poor-will 1 1 Red-breasted Merganser 8 3 Chimney Swift 292 27 Ruddy Duck 41 5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5 3 Belted Kingfisher 18 13 Pied-billed Grebe 20 11 Red-headed Woodpecker 13 8 American White Pelican 1 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 139 42 Double-crested Cormorant 550 23 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3 2 Great Blue Heron 138 37 Downy Woodpecker 110 36 Great Egret 346 12 Hairy Woodpecker 49 18 Green Heron 30 14 Northern Flicker 179 45 Black-crowned Night-Heron 135 7 Pileated Woodpecker 2 1 Woodpecker species 1 1 Turkey Vulture 54 24 Osprey 9 7 Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 4 Eastern Wood-Pewee 25 12 Willow Flycatcher 2 2 Cooper’s Hawk 29 18 (empidonax species) 3 2 Broad-winged Hawk 2 2 Least Flycatcher 31 18 Red-tailed Hawk 73 31 Eastern Phoebe 48 23 American Kestrel 7 6 Great Crested Flycatcher 64 22 Merlin 1 1 Eastern Kingbird 49 17 Peregrine Falcon 5 4 White-eyed Vireo 2 2 Yellow Rail 1 1 Bell’s Vireo 1 1 Virginia Rail 13 7 Yellow-headed Vireo 28 20 Sora 41 14 Blue-headed Vireo 20 13 American Coot 95 10 Warbling Vireo 107 32 Sandhill Crane 12 4 Red-Eyed Vireo 78 24 American Golden Plover 3 1 Semi-palmated Plover 9 2 Blue Jay 308 44 Killdeer 121 25 American Crow 216 43 Spotted Sandpiper 116 21 Solitary Sandpiper 131 20 Horned Lark 10 2 Greater Yellowlegs 27 4 Purple Martin 87 6 Lesser Yellowlegs 160 7 Tree Swallow 1,081 35 Sanderling 3 1 No. Rough-winged Swallow 742 32 Least Sandpiper 107 5 Bank Swallow 71 9 Pectoral Sandpiper 21 3 Cliff Swallow 122 11 Dunlin 13 4 Barn Swallow 1,341 54 Stilt Sandpiper 2 1 Short-billed Dowitcher 1 1 Black-capped Chickadee 244 48 Wilson’s Snipe 11 2 Tufted Titmouse 1 1 American Woodcock 7 3 Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 77 30 Wilson’s Phalarope 3 2 Continued on page 4 page 3
  4. 4. COOK COUNTY SPRING BIRD COUNT – MAY 8, 2010 Bringing The Benef Continued from page 3 i ts O 1-800-342-3782 TOTAL # Individuals TOTAL # AREAS* f Na Over 95% of our products are SPECIES REPORTED REPORTED Reporting (out of 70) tu manufactured in our factory re in Chicago. To Carolina Wren 3 3 You House Wren 210 51 r House Winter Wren 2 1 Sedge Wren 7 5 Marsh Wren 22 8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 152 34 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 248 45 Eastern Bluebird 58 22 Veery 110 31 Wrought Iron & T Gray-cheeked Thrush 43 16 u bular Fe ede Swainson’s Thrush 108 28 PLEASE RECYCLE rP Our aluminum martin ole houses are manufactured s• Hermit Thrush 20 11 from 100% recycled aluminum. Qu i ck C onn Wood Thrush 56 24 e ct TM Hook s&H American Robin 3,954 68 angers • Baffes • Bird Ho uses & Feeders and more! Thrush species 1 1 Gray Catbird 419 57 Brown Thrasher 38 21 European Starling 1,472 45 American Pipit 42 4 Birdathon! 2010 Cedar Waxwing 90 10 First things first: Many thanks to all who birded, pledged or otherwise supported the efforts of the • My tax-deductible gift of $ __________ is Blue-winged Warbler 29 16 enclosed. Golden-winged Warbler 32 16 four teams that competed in the Chicago Audubon Tennessee Warbler 195 28 Society Birdathon on May 15 and 16. The com- Make check payable to: Orange-crowned Warbler 10 8 bined teams tallied 177 species in Cook County Chicago Audubon Society Nashville Warbler 170 35 over the two-day period. As usual, each team man- 5801-C N. Pulaski Road Northern Parula 53 20 aged to locate species found by no other team. Chicago, IL 60646 Yellow Warbler 320 53 The teams, in order of finish were: Chestnut-sided Warbler 59 25 Or credit card: Magnolia Warbler 55 20 Field’s Flickers with 157 species (John Bates, Nick Visa MasterCard Discover Cape May Warbler 10 7 Block, Jason Weckstein, Ben Winger). American Black-throated Blue Warbler 19 9 Woodcocks with 145 species (Greg Neise, Randy Number: ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Yellow-rumped Warbler 1,896 45 Shonkwiler, Matthew Winks). Hudwits with 130 (Ira Expiration: ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Black-thr. Green Warbler 210 32 Sanders, Roger Shamley, Chris Van Wassenhove). Blackburnian Warbler 24 12 Steel Belted Kingfishers with 126 (Mark Agnor, Joe Print name exactly as on card: Pine Warbler 5 3 Lill, Jeff Sundberg, Kris Sundberg). Palm Warbler 1,511 44 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A fine time was had by all! Please come join us next year! Bay-breasted Warbler 5 5 Blackpoll Warbler 20 9 • My donation will be matched by my Cerulean Warbler 1 1 Joe Lill, CAS Birdathon Coordinator, employer’s Matching Contribution Program: Black and White Warbler 159 36 Chicago, Cook County American Redstart 148 33 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Prothonotary Warbler 1 1 To our readers: Please note that it is never too late to Worm-eating Warbler 2 2 participate in Birdathon as a donor. If you missed the initial Name of Contributor ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ovenbird 163 30 pre-event donation period, please feel free to contribute at Street Address ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Northern Waterthrush 246 45 any time. This is one of our primary fundraisers each year, Louisiana Waterthrush 4 3 and we rely on your support for our upcoming programs and City, State, Zip Code –––––––––––––––––––––––––– Kentucky Warbler 1 1 goals. We have included a pledge form here with this issue or Connecticut Warbler 4 4 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Telephone(s) if you wish to make a donation using a credit card, please Mourning Warbler 1 1 call our office at 773-539-6793. Thank you again for all Email ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Common Yellowthroat 374 39 your support! Hooded Warbler 9 6 Wilson’s Warbler 2 2 Cal- Canada Warbler 4 3 Yellow-breasted Chat 2 1 Calendar of Events July/August 2010 Eastern Towhee 69 23 Workdays American Tree Sparrow 6 1 Wooded Island Birdwalks. Jackson Chipping Sparrow 155 37 Members Programs Park. Every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. Clay-colored Sparrow 13 8 Birdwalks and Every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Field Sparrow 100 24 Continuous throughout the year. Vesper Sparrow 5 1 Skokie Lagoons Workdays. 10:00 a.m. These wonderful walks will continue Savannah Sparrow 200 22 every second Saturday: Continuous throughout the year up to New Year’s Day. Grasshopper Sparrow 5 2 throughout the year. Song Sparrow 425 51 Bring binoculars, field guides, and dress The Chicago Audubon Society spon- for the weather. Many species of songbirds Lincoln’s Sparrow 52 34 Swamp Sparrow 199 34 sors regular monthly workdays at Skokie and water birds are seen. Meet at Clarence White-throated Sparrow 971 48 Lagoons every second Saturday of the Darrow Bridge, just south of Museum of White-crowned Sparrow 787 42 month. Activities include buckthorn cut- Science and Industry. For details and ting, brush pile burning, and other man- directions, contact Pat Durkin at Summer Tanager 10 7 agement activities. Wear work clothes. Scarlet Tanager 72 24 Meet at the Tower Road parking lot, east Northern Cardinal 393 53 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 195 43 of the lagoon bridge. For further informa- Chicago Audubon Birdwalks will start Indigo Bunting 121 30 tion, please call Dave Kosnik at (847) up again every Saturday in September Bobolink 126 8 456-6368. Everyone is welcome! and October for the Fall Migration at Red-winged Blackbird 2,486 61 8:00 a.m. North Park Village Nature Eastern Meadowlark 50 12 Montrose Point Magic Hedge Steward- Center. 5801 North Pulaski Road, Yellow-headed Blackbird 16 5 ship Workdays to be held on the follow- Common Grackle 1,185 54 Building D. Remember to put some of Brown-headed Cowbird 618 53 ing Saturdays: June 12, July 10, August those Autumn dates on your calendar, Orchard Oriole 19 13 7, September 11, October 2, and especially if you weren’t able to join us this Baltimore Oriole 315 54 November 16. past Spring. Come and learn about birds Purple Finch 1 1 Volunteers are needed to help with weed- and their habitats while walking through the House Finch 95 25 ing, mulching, planting native shrubs and woods surrounding the Nature Center. The American Goldfinch 602 60 trees. We are also establishing a prairie! walks are led by expert birders who wel- House Sparrow 916 44 Wear work clothes. To sign up and for di- come questions from all levels of birders. OTHER (Non-native-domestic) rections, please contact David Painter: (773) For information or directions to the Nature AFRICAN Collared-Dove 1 1 383-0721 or email at Center, call the Chicago Audubon office Muscovy Duck 1 1 Everyone is welcome! (773) 539-6793. Everyone is welcome! page 4