WE Need Your Help to Fund the 2016 Grant Requests!!

The Grant requests are coming in!

Grant awards will be announced April 15th. Some funds have already been received but more contributions are needed so more of the grants can be funded. Any organization or individual may fund all or part of a Grant. Donations can be for any amount. Donors/sponsors will be recognized on the IOS web site.

Funding for the 2016 IOS grants can be provided via PayPal (using either PayPal account or credit card):

Or you can send your check made out to IOS to:

Attention: Bob Fisher
PO Box 931
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Rare Bird Alert – 5-Feb-2016

GYRFALCON: McClean County (Central) – A Gyrfalcon was photographed near Colfax, McClean County, yesterday by Mabel Lux! It was found south of E 2450 North Rd on N 3200 East Rd. You can find a map of the location at the link.


Rare Bird Alert - 3-Feb-2016


Slaty-backed Gull

Slaty-backed Gull by Josh Engel


SLATY-BACKED GULL: Will County (North) – Discovered by Andrew Aldrich on 26-Jan-2016, a Slaty-backed Gull is still present on the property of ASIP: Local 150 at 19800 W. Arsenal Rd. Birders have had success viewing the gull in the morning prior to 9am resting on the frozen pond of the property during the work week while the nearby landfill is open.

New winter field notes editor

IOS is proud to announce that Dan Williams, a long-time supporter and field trip co-chairman, has agreed to become the Field Notes Editor for the Winter Season, Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, which is published in Meadowlark. You can send him your notes via email (preferred) or snail mail. Contact Dan at 6055 Safford

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IOS elects officers, new directors for 2016

The Illinois Ornithological Society Board approved a slate of officers and newly elected board members for 2016 at its Jan. 10 meeting.

The following officers will serve one-year terms”

President Matthew Cvetas

Vice President Tara Beveroth

Treasurer Urs Geiser

Recording Secretary Adam Sell

Membership Secretary Ted Wolff

Chief Editor Sheryl

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2015 Carlyle Pelagic Field Trip Report

On Saturday, September 19th, Keith McMullen led a mass of birders around the great Carlyle Lake for a trip on land and water. At least 118 total species were tallied throughout the day, including some nice rarities. Morning land birding produced a nice assortment of songbirds with representation by 18 species of warblers. Two Mute

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Meadowlark editorial on Passenger Pigeon

Here’s the latest letter from the editor featured in the recently mailed Volume 23 No. 1 issue of Meadowlark. To read more, please join IOS. Another issue is coming soon and will feature an article on the Gray Kingbird in Illinois.

Drawing of Passenger Pigeon left by Kevin Sierzega

Of Mourning Doves and Passenger Pigeons

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IOS June fieldtrip to Kankakee yields 90 species

Geoffrey Williamson led a group of 19 IOS members on a field trip June 6 to parts of Kankakee County and Iroquois County. In Kankakee County, they visited sod farms and agricultural fields in Momence Township, various habitats in Pembroke Township, and the river bottom woods of the Momence Wetlands. In Iroquois County they visited

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Spring birding weeknd: Great birds, friends and scenery

The IOS Spring Birding Weekend (May 15 – 17) was a terrific weekend of birding on the Mississippi River in northwest Illinois. The event was planned and organized by Urs Geiser using the Chestnut Mountain Resort for accommodations.

For the field trips we split into groups and birded Lost Mound Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi Palisades State

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IOS field notes compiler featured in

Meadowlark editor Sheryl DeVore wrote an article about Field Notes compiler David B. Johnson and his 25 years of leading looney trips in Lake and McHenry Counties for the Chicago Tribune and News-Sun. Take a peek. Dave needs to be praised over and over for all the wonderful work he has done on behalf

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