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Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, starting at 7:30 p.m.  Meetings take place at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Fullerton Parkway at Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park).  We usually meet in the South Gallery on the second floor.  Parking is available on either side of Cannon Drive just north of the museum's main entrance, and during the winter (after or before boating season) in the lot across from the museum entrance.

April 10, 2017 -- Renewable Energy Sources and Their Environmental Impact by Claire McPartlin.  Claire McPartlin, with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, will present a program on the environmental impact of renewable energy sources such as wind turbines, as compared to traditional sources such as coal-fired power plants.  There will also be a mini-program on bird songs and calls.

May 8, 2017 -- Proposals for the North Pond Nature Sanctuary by the Lincoln Park Conservancy.  The Lincoln Park Conservancy has developed a master plan for the rehabilitation of the North Pond, a sight for our regular bird walks.  The Conservancy will explain the master plan and its status.  We will have an opportunity to learn about the plans, make suggestions, and express any concerns.  There will also be a mini-program on bird songs and calls.

June 12, 2017 -- Where Our Chicago Birds Go for the Winter by Doug Stotz.  Doug Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Field Museum, will share his experiences in South America studying how our Chicago area birds spend the winter.  There will also be a mini-program on bird songs and calls.

September 11, 2017 -- The Life of J.J. Audubon by Lee Witkowski.  Lee Witkowski. a member of Will county Audubon and Science Professor at Moraine Valley community College, will do a presentation on the life of John James Audubon.  lee includes information about his early life as well as references about what was happening while he developed both his artistic style and scientific wisdom.  There will also be a mini-program on bird calls and songs.

October 9, 2017 -- Evolutionary Ecology of Birds by Chris WhelanChris Whelan, adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will discuss his work on the evolutionary ecology of birds.  Chris's work has included the foraging ecology of New World Warblers, seeking insights into their resource exploitation systems, habitat selection, and community organization; predation by insectivorous birds on the invasive gypsy moth caterpillar; causes and consequences of fruit consumption and seed dispersal by migratory songbirds; and avian pest control of forest leaf-chewing insects.   There will also be a mini-program on bird songs and calls.

November 13, 2017 -- Animals A to Z by Jim Rowan.Jim Rowan, well-known nature photographer and living history re-enactor, and regular Fort Dearborn presenter, will share with us photos from Aardvarks to Zebras, with a few birds representing some of the letters in between.  There will also be a mini-program on bird songs and calls.

December 11, 2017 -- Members' Night and Holiday Party.  Bring a treat to share and be prepared to discuss the highlights of your 2017 birding year.  Slides or internet photo downloads acceptable.  Please contact Mark Luscombe at 847-267-2440 if you would like to participate and to state whether you wish to use slides or internet pictures.  The video Audubon, a recent documentary on PBS, will also be screened

January 8, 2018 --Animals A to Z by Jim Rowan.  In a rescheduling of our program originally scheduled for November last year, Jim Rowan, well-known nature photographer and living history re-enactor, and regular Fort Dearborn presenter, will share with us photos from Aardvarks to Zebras, with a few birds representing some of the letters in between.  There will also be a mini-program on bird songs and calls.

February 12, 2018 -- Bird Classification:  Why Bird Species Keep Changing and Who Is Doing It by Mark Luscombe.  Member Mark Luscombe will discuss the background behind and recent developments in bird classification, including the increasing use of DNA.  There will also be a mini-program on bird songs and calls.

March 12, 2018 -- The Birds of Southern Africa by Josh Engel.  Following a recent bird excursion to southern Africa, one of many, the Field Museum's Josh Engel will share some of the sightings and experiences from his trips.  There will also be a mini-program on bird songs and calls.