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    Mar
    25
    Sat
    Deadline – IOS Grant Applications
    Mar 25 all-day

    2017 Grants Program
    IOS is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the 2017 Illinois Ornithological Society Grant Program. Awards of up to $1,000 are available to applicants conducting projects relating to birds and/or birding in Illinois.

    Interested applicants should complete an application form and submit a project proposal as explained in the Grant Request Form.

    To learn more, visit the IOS Grants Program page.

      Apr
      1
      Sat
      LOONAPALOONZA 2017 @ Gale Street Restaurant
      Apr 1 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

      David B. Johnson

      Fee – $30/person. Limited to 24 participants. Please RSVP below.

      Veteran “Loon Ranger,” David B. Johnson will lead us around the Chain O’ Lakes area in search of loons in Lake and eastern McHenry counties via a mini-coach bus. We often hear and see loons do a variety of calls and dances, foot flopping, and fish eating on the water on this trip with rafts of 30 or more loons on each lake, staging their migration north to their breeding grounds just after the ice melts on the area’s glacial lakes. Almost all the loons we’ll be viewing are in high alternate breeding plumage sporting white spotted reptilian-like backs, ruby red eyes and white indented necklaces. Of course, we’ll see other waterfowl too. We’ll meet at Diamond Lake at 8am.

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        Apr
        8
        Sat
        The Hunt for Smith’s Longspur @ BP - Lexington
        Apr 8 @ 10:00 am

        Registration required

        Join Matt Fraker in a search for the elusive Smith’s Longspur.

        We will be hiking a private farm that hosted Smith’s Longspurs last year and should have them this year. We have been granted permission to wander the entire property looking for birds. Participants should wear good hiking footwear in case the fields are wet or sloppy. We will also be looking for Wilson’s Snipe, Le Conte’s Sparrows, and late Lapland Longspurs.

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          Apr
          22
          Sat
          Spring Migrant Tune-up @ Quality Inn & Suites
          Apr 22 @ 6:00 am – Apr 23 @ 12:30 pm

          Registration required – Limited to 30 participants
          Join Keith McMullen for a fun field trip through southern Illinois forests in search of some of the more difficult birds to locate in the northern part of our state. This field trip is an excellent opportunity for you to learn new areas in which to bird, “tune-up” your eyes and ears for the coming spring migration, and knock the dust off those hiking boots. Target species for this trip include Least Bittern, American Bittern, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Chuck-will’s-widow, Acadian Flycatcher, Prairie Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Cerulean Warbler.

          The field trip will be held Saturday, April 22nd and 23rd. You will be responsible for booking your own accommodations in Marion, Illinois for Friday and Saturday night (or as needed).

          The Quality Inn & Suites and the Best Western Plus in Marion, Illinois will be our host hotels for this event. They are located side-by-side. Breakfast is included with your hotel charge. We will meet in the hotel lobby at the start of each day.

          Itinerary is as follows.

          DAY 1: SATURDAY, 22-APRIL-2017
          5:30AM Breakfast
          6:00AM Depart hotel
          6:00AM-12:00PM Travel to and birding from Pomona/Cave Creek to Pine Hills
          12:00-1:00PM Lunch in Anna/Jonesboro
          1:00-5:00PM Travel to and birding from Union County to Miller City Blacktop
          5:00-6:00PM Hotel (clean-up/change)
          6:00-7:30PM Dinner (Group dinner at 17th Street BBQ in Marion or on your own)
          7:30PM Depart hotel
          7:30-9:15PM Travel to and birding at Ferne Clyffe State Park
          DAY 2: SUNDAY, 23-APRIL-2017
          5:30AM Breakfast
          6:00AM Depart hotel
          6:00-12:30PM Travel to and birding at Ft. Massac State Park, Mermet Lake, Michael Wolff Memorial Wetland, and Heron Pond
          12:30PM End of field trip

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            Apr
            23
            Sun
            Young Birders – Early Spring Migrants @ Deerpath Farm
            Apr 23 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

            For ILYB Members and guests only

            Young birder, Zach Young, and guest leader, Adam Sell, will lead us in search of early spring migrants at Deerpath Farm, a conservation community that integrates the native landscape with private residences. If time permits, we’ll hike the tallgrass prarie remnant, Middlefork Savanna.

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            2017 ILLINOIS YOUNG BIRDERS - FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORM

            Parental / Guardian Field Trip Consent
            By completing this form, I hereby give permission for the named young birder(s) to participate in the field trips of the Illinois Young Birders Club (ILYB), a project of the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS). I assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities of the event and transportation to, from, and during the event. I further release, absolve, indemnify, and hold harmless the Illinois Young Birders Club, the Illinois Ornithological Society, the directors and officers of ILYB and IOS, and all organizers, sponsors, leaders, chaperones, and supervisors of the event. In case of injury, I hereby waive all claims against the parties listed above. I likewise release from responsibility any person transporting my child to, from, and during the scheduled event.

            Consent to Use of Photographs
            There is a possibility that photos of the named young birder(s) may be taken on our field trips and other activities throughout the year. They may be published in our newsletter, on our website, or a similar publication. By completing this form. you are giving ILYB and IOS consent to publish such photographs. We will never distribute said photos to any third parties.

            Field Trip (Select all that apply):
            Youth (1):*
            Youth (2):
            An adult (e.g., parent or guardian) is required to accompany any child under 14 years of age.
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              May
              6
              Sat
              Spring Bird Count
              May 6 all-day

              Vist the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) Web site to find out how to participate in the Spring Bird Count (SBC).

                May
                21
                Sun
                Young Birders – South Side Parks @ Jackson Park
                May 21 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

                For ILYB Members and guests only

                Spring migration will be in full swing when we explore two south side Chicago city parks – Jackson and Washington Parks. We’ll search for warblers and more along Lake Michigan, a major migratory flyway, where more than 300 species of birds have been discovered.

                Register for this event:

                2017 ILLINOIS YOUNG BIRDERS - FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORM

                Parental / Guardian Field Trip Consent
                By completing this form, I hereby give permission for the named young birder(s) to participate in the field trips of the Illinois Young Birders Club (ILYB), a project of the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS). I assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities of the event and transportation to, from, and during the event. I further release, absolve, indemnify, and hold harmless the Illinois Young Birders Club, the Illinois Ornithological Society, the directors and officers of ILYB and IOS, and all organizers, sponsors, leaders, chaperones, and supervisors of the event. In case of injury, I hereby waive all claims against the parties listed above. I likewise release from responsibility any person transporting my child to, from, and during the scheduled event.

                Consent to Use of Photographs
                There is a possibility that photos of the named young birder(s) may be taken on our field trips and other activities throughout the year. They may be published in our newsletter, on our website, or a similar publication. By completing this form. you are giving ILYB and IOS consent to publish such photographs. We will never distribute said photos to any third parties.

                Field Trip (Select all that apply):
                Youth (1):*
                Youth (2):
                An adult (e.g., parent or guardian) is required to accompany any child under 14 years of age.
                Adult:*
                Relationship to child:*
                E-mail:*
                Cell Phone:*
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                Total Number of Participants:*
                  Jun
                  7
                  Wed
                  Deadline – Spring Field Notes
                  Jun 7 all-day

                  Submit your field notes via email or post to Geoffrey Williamson.
                  Field Notes Preference Type: Electronic, but will accept written/hard copy.
                  Submitted field notes should be ordered by species and not by date observed.

                    Jun
                    10
                    Sat
                    Young Birders – Hennepin & Hopper @ Dixon Wildlife Refuge
                    Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm

                    For ILYB Members and guests only

                    Join us on our annual overnight as we visit the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge and Hennepin and Hopper Lakes. We’ll search fo rmarsh birds like Yellow-headed Blackbird, American Bittern and Common Gallinule as we hike the new trails deep into the wetlands.

                    Limited indoor accommodations and camping onsite.

                    Register for this event:

                    2017 ILLINOIS YOUNG BIRDERS - FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORM

                    Parental / Guardian Field Trip Consent
                    By completing this form, I hereby give permission for the named young birder(s) to participate in the field trips of the Illinois Young Birders Club (ILYB), a project of the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS). I assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities of the event and transportation to, from, and during the event. I further release, absolve, indemnify, and hold harmless the Illinois Young Birders Club, the Illinois Ornithological Society, the directors and officers of ILYB and IOS, and all organizers, sponsors, leaders, chaperones, and supervisors of the event. In case of injury, I hereby waive all claims against the parties listed above. I likewise release from responsibility any person transporting my child to, from, and during the scheduled event.

                    Consent to Use of Photographs
                    There is a possibility that photos of the named young birder(s) may be taken on our field trips and other activities throughout the year. They may be published in our newsletter, on our website, or a similar publication. By completing this form. you are giving ILYB and IOS consent to publish such photographs. We will never distribute said photos to any third parties.

                    Field Trip (Select all that apply):
                    Youth (1):*
                    Youth (2):
                    An adult (e.g., parent or guardian) is required to accompany any child under 14 years of age.
                    Adult:*
                    Relationship to child:*
                    E-mail:*
                    Cell Phone:*
                    -
                    Total Number of Participants:*
                      Jul
                      8
                      Sat
                      Young Birders – Breeding Wetland Birds @ Goose Lake
                      Jul 8 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

                      For ILYB Members and guests only

                      Early July can still be great for breeding birds. We’ll visit Goose Lake Conservation Area to look for Yellow-headed Blackbird, Black Tern, and Common Gallinule – three highly sought after wetland species in northern Illinois.

                      Register for this event:

                      2017 ILLINOIS YOUNG BIRDERS - FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORM

                      Parental / Guardian Field Trip Consent
                      By completing this form, I hereby give permission for the named young birder(s) to participate in the field trips of the Illinois Young Birders Club (ILYB), a project of the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS). I assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities of the event and transportation to, from, and during the event. I further release, absolve, indemnify, and hold harmless the Illinois Young Birders Club, the Illinois Ornithological Society, the directors and officers of ILYB and IOS, and all organizers, sponsors, leaders, chaperones, and supervisors of the event. In case of injury, I hereby waive all claims against the parties listed above. I likewise release from responsibility any person transporting my child to, from, and during the scheduled event.

                      Consent to Use of Photographs
                      There is a possibility that photos of the named young birder(s) may be taken on our field trips and other activities throughout the year. They may be published in our newsletter, on our website, or a similar publication. By completing this form. you are giving ILYB and IOS consent to publish such photographs. We will never distribute said photos to any third parties.

                      Field Trip (Select all that apply):
                      Youth (1):*
                      Youth (2):
                      An adult (e.g., parent or guardian) is required to accompany any child under 14 years of age.
                      Adult:*
                      Relationship to child:*
                      E-mail:*
                      Cell Phone:*
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                      Total Number of Participants:*