Second Annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium

2nd Annual ILYB Symposium

In conjunction with Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods and the Lake County Forest Preserves, Illinois Young Birders is excited to announce our second annual Young Birder Symposium on Saturday, August 26th. Join us for a day of birding, presentations by young birders and professionals, and art at Brushwood Center located in the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods, Illinois.

7:30-8:45 am – Birding Field Trip (optional)
8:45-9:00 am – Event check-in
9:00 am-10:30 am – Youth presentations and Lake County Forest Preserves
10:30 am-11:30 am – Art reception
11:30 am-12:45 pm – Lunch
12:45-1:30 pm – Youth presentations
1:30-2:30 pm – Keynote speaker, Jen Brumfield
2:30-3:00 pm – Wrap up

Jen Brumfield

Jen Brumfield

About Key Note Speaker, Jen Brumfield
Jen eagerly combines her passions for extreme birding, field studies, outdoor education and detailed scientific illustration into a truly “wild” career. She passionately offers thrilling public and school programs park-wide. Since 2005 she’s written and illustrated seven field guides to the flora and fauna of Cleveland Metroparks. She composed over 100 dragonfly and damselfly illustrations for the second edition of The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio. As a young birder, she participated in American Birding Association young birder programs and was named ABA Young Birder of the Year in 1998.

Call for Youth Artists
The ILYB Symposium is designed to celebrate the skills of young people. To that end, we would love for everyone to participate. If you would like to exhibit artwork or speak at the event, please complete the following forms. We will review your submissions and selections will be chosen prior to the event.

Exhibit Your Artwork Form – Deadline for submission = August 21, 2017

Call for Event Volunteers
Managing the Symposium is a huge effort and we could use your help making it a success. If you’d like to participate, fill out the following form and join the team.

Volunteer Your Time Form – Deadline for submission = August 21, 2017


  • $20/person (children and adults)
  • Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Your registration includes lunch for all and a youth event t-shirt.
2017 Symposium Tshirt

2017 Symposium Tshirt


Adult Name (1):*
Adult Name (2):
Youth Name (1):*
Age (1):*
We cannot guarantee tshirt sizes on registrations made after August 17th.
Youth T-shirt (1):*
Youth Name (2):
Age (2):
Youth T-shirt (2):
Registration Fee (adults and youths):*

This event is made by possible by the generous support of these sponsors:

Royal Albatross ($500 and up)
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
Chicago Ornithological Society
Fresh Thyme Market
Illinois Audubon Society
Illinois Ornithological Society
Lake County Forest Preserves

King Penguin ($300-$499)
DuPage Birding Club
Eagle Optics
Karen Gross

Princess Parrot ($150-$349)
Charles Marn and Kathleen Hawkins
Chicago Audubon Society
Chicago Botanic Gardens
Field Museum Birds
Kane County Illinois Audubon Society
Lake Cook Audubon
Lake County Audubon Society
McHenry County Audubon Society
Thorn Creek Audubon Society
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

Pharaoh Eagle-Owl ($75-$149)
Arlene Koziol
Audubon Council of Illinois
Fort Dearborn Chapter Illinois Audubon Society
Sand Bluff Bird Observatory
Sinnissippi Audubon Society

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