The club has two very special programs coming in September and October.  The September program, Safer Passages for Migratory Birds, will be presented by Annette Prince, the Director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors.  We will learn about the efforts and methods used to protect migratory birds from the hazards of lights and glass in our homes and communities.

In October, Kevin Karlson will give a multi-media presentation which will tell the amazing story of the super-human efforts made by birds during their migration to and from their breeding areas. Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, professional tour leader, wildlife photographer and has published bird and nature related articles for magazines, books, and journals over the last 20 years.

September and October are also a great migration period.  Check out the DBC field trips so you can watch for migrating sparrows, waterfowl, warblers and other passerines.  

It is also an excellent time to check for migrating raptors.  A number of DBC members will be starting the 10th year of hawkwatching on top of the Greene Valley Forest Preserve landfill hill on September 1.  Last year the group recorded 18 migratory raptor species including a record breaking 100 Bald Eagles and the first Prairie Falcon seen since the count started.  Greene Valley is one of 275 North American Hawk Watch Sites.  The data collected is added daily to the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) data base.  HMANA is a membership-based organization committed to the conservation of raptors through the scientific study, enjoyment, and appreciation of raptor migration.  Check out the website at  

And coming up on November 12 will be DBC’s biennial Fundraising Auction – a fun time for all and a chance to pick up some great bird related artwork, books, feeders, merchandise and gift certificates.  It will once again be held at Cantigny Park.  This is an exceptional event at a great location, so mark your calendars.

As a member of the DuPage Birding Club, you receive an Eagle Optics discount for 10% off of any non-sale Eagle Optics, Atlas Optics, or Vortex items, and 5% off any non-sale product manufactured by anyone else (Leica excluded).


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Welcome to the DuPage Birding Club!

Founded in 1985, the DuPage Birding Club is nationally known as one of the largest and most active birding groups in Illinois. Our mission is to promote birding among our 200+ members and the general public through education and field experiences that take advantage of the various habitats in DuPage County, the greater Chicago area, and other regional hotspots.

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Field Trip Participants: Please dress warm and dry for field trip weather and trail conditions. We expect everyone to enjoy birding in a safe manner by being careful and prudent.

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Select our DuPage Birding Club Apparel form to view the great selection of DBC Spiritwear apparel (created by Holy Cow Sports) that is embroidered with the DuPage Birding Club name and logo.

To order, download a copy of the order sheet and fill out your order. Drop off the completed sheet with payment to Vicky Sroczynski at   the next DBC meeting. Merchandise can be picked up   at the following DBC meeting date.

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Birds on the Wind: The Miracle of Migration

October 8, 2015

Presenter: Ken Karlson

Kevin Karlson, author, wildlife photographer, professional tour leader, birder

This multi-media presentation, rich in images and music, tells an amazing story of the unbelievable feats that birds perform during their migrations to and from breeding areas and also during movements to wintering areas by altitudinal and irruptive migrants. The presentation contains scientific facts about these super-human efforts, but its stories appeal to both birders and non-birders alike, with superb photos illustrating the beauty and behavior of our migratory birds. Good news is mixed with bad news, as Kevin relates how man has disturbed these movements with forest fragmentation and ill-advised urban building designs. But he also tells how some neotropic migratory songbirds have adapted to changing conditions and continue to persevere. The saga is truly a celebration of birds and their fascinating lives, with astonishing feats of endurance that some birds undertake every year. And many of the birds portrayed in this program can be seen right here in the Chicago area during the course of a year.

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Saturday, October 3, 7:30 a.m.

Springbrook Prairie, Naperville

Leader: Joe Suchecki

Sunday, October 4, 8:00 a.m

Hidden Lake, Downers Grove

Leader: Lesa Hipes

Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 a.m.

Morton Arboretum, Lisle

Leader: Marcia and Lee Nye

Saturday, October 10, 7:30 a.m.

Cantigny Park, Wheaton

Leader: Jeff Reiter

Sunday, October 11, 7:30 a.m. Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Aurora, Kane County

Leader: Terry Murray

Saturday, October 17, 7:30 a.m.  

McKee Marsh, Warrenville

Leader: Kyle Wiktor

DBC Facebook Feed Watch the bird video of the month! Flying with the Fastest Birds on the Planet

Website Design: Jim Green          Photos: Christian Goers

Heron Rookery, Danada FP - April 1, 2015

We had a great morning for enjoying the birds on our DBC FT last Wednesday, April 1st. Counting ourselves, we had 13 birders participate in our Danada Heron Rookery field trip. Joan Campbell kept the log and filed our eBird report. We logged 22 bird species. But most of all, we enjoyed the large Heron Rookery in a bog in the Danada Forest Preserve. The count was 80 Great Blue Herons who were working on their nests. I Have attached a PDF copy of our eBird report.

Watching the Herons coming and going was such a special privilege. I took some photos using both my Lumix pocket camera and my Samsung cell phone. Some of these photos were taken through our 20x-60x spotting scope (digi-scoping). I have attached some selected shots just for fun.

Jean and I believe that everyone who participated truly enjoyed the experience.

Meacham Grove - May 7, 2015

Jean and I, along with Nancy and Leslie, took the Meacham Grove field trip on Tuesday morning, May 7th. The weather was great. We saw some nice birds. Our tally was 32 species. Note that the large area that at one time was a wet marsh is now quite dry, owing to draining. Further, this trip came before the heavy rains of late. The vernal ponds were dry back in the woods. Leslie and I spent a lot of time looking for warblers in the western part of the preserve. We were not rewarded for our effort. Hence our tally was less than in past years.

I filed our listing on the Club's eBird account. A copy of the listing is attached in PDF format. We took a some photos with my pocket Lumix camera. I have attached a selection just for fun. Jean and I have 2 more DuPage Birding Club field trips remaining for May.

Glacier Park in  McHenry- May 20, 2015

II have found some time to capture our May 20th DBC field trip to Glacial Park up in McHenry County. I was a good experience for our 5 birders, even though rain curtailed our chances to see some birds. John, thank you for the eBird report of 66 species.

Jean and I took some photos. She got some good shots. I have attached some just for fun. The sandhill cranes were great. So was the birding experience.

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Cantigny - Sept. 12, 2015

This month's walk at Cantigny Park, co-sponsored by the DuPage Birding Club, produced 56 species, listed below. Forty-six birders attended.

Highlights today included Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Olive-Sided Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Belted Kingfisher and a flyover pair of Sandhill Cranes. Among 12 species of warbler were Black-Throated Blue and Ovenbird. A Pied-Billed Grebe was seen through the fence on a golf course pond.

Blue Jays were abundant today, as were hummingbirds. We saw many Swainson's Thrushes, too. Sparrows were invisible -- unless you count House Sparrow (not a true sparrow), we didn't see a single one! Our luck in the sparrow department will surely change on our October walk.

IMPORTANT: If one of you accidentally took home a pair of the loaner binoculars please let me know. One pair came up missing after today's walk!

Special thanks to Cantigny volunteers Jim Frazier and Joan Campbell for helping lead today's walk. It was a good one!

The next walk will be Saturday, October 10. We'll meet once again at the Cantigny Park Visitors Center at 7:30 am.

Sunday, October 18, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Greene Valley FP Hawk Watch, Part 2, Naperville

Leader: Jeff Smith

President’s Corner

Pate Phillips State Park/Tri County Park - Sept. 5, 2015

We had a successful DBC Field Trip on Saturday morning, Sept 5th. Per our plan, we met at the Pate Philips Tri-County State Park at 7:30am. Three birders came who were new to DBC field trips. They told us they had a good experience and we invited them to our next Club Meeting. More birders came from the Club. Our birders were all with some experience and several brought some nice cameras. Counting Jean and myself, we had 12 birders on this outing.

We checked the birds at "Tri-County" for the next two hours. The weather was warm, but close to ideal. We were able to see lots of birds and some very nice species. I kept the log and tried to get everyone's input. The bird totals for each species represent a rough interpretation of what was being seen, given the many inputs. Others may have their own list. I have filed the results with eBird under our DBC account. Per my tally, we logged 29 species on this outing. I have attached a PDF copy of the listing.

Per the eBird history, we got to see birds that might be expected this time of the year. Some birds were not seen, such as the Osprey. Several birds were intriguing. We got to see a Northern Waterthrush on a sand bar in the creek. We got to see and hear the Sora in the brush near the bear dam on the creek.

I tok some photos with my pocket camera. Jon Grainger got the only shot of the illusive Sora. I have attached several of my shots, including Cormorants, Cedar Waxwings, plus the Sora photo from Jon.

We all elected to stop birding at 9:30am. (We did not explore Pratt's Wayne Woods). Some had other commitments. For myself, I had a doctor's appointment to address my head cold. Jean and three others went on to the Savoury Pancake Café for brunch and good conversation. Two of the breakfast group were new to the DBC.  

Wednesday, October 21, 8:00 a.m. Herrick Lake, Wheaton

Leader: Laurel Salvador

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 A.M.  Pratt's Wayne Woods

Leader: Kyle Wiktor

Monday, October 26, 7:00 a.m.

Glacial Park and Other Hot Spots, McHenry County

Co-Leaders: John Cebula, Bob and Jean Spitzer

Wednesday, October 28 8:00a.m.  

Lyman Woods, Downers Grove

Leader: Joan Campbell

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An electronic field guide, bolstered with facial recognition software, may be the new frontier for birders

Until now, birdwatchers relied on cumbersome field guides to identify the species they observed in their backyards. But as nature-lovers embrace the digital age, birding manuals are getting a makeover complete with cutting-edge facial recognition software.

Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Maryland released a free iPhone app last month called "Birdsnap" aimed at helping amateur birdwatchers identify species. Professor Peter Belhumeur of Columbia, who supervised the project, says his inspiration stemmed partly from his admiration for birdwatchers' ability to accurately identify species on sight. "For the rest of us, it's a much harder process," he explains. "So we made this app to bridge that, to help people without training to get a leg up on identification."

On its surface, the program seems simple enough: You snap a photo of the tricky bird in question and upload it to the program, which processes your photo and reports back with a list of possible matches. In reality, however, a complex facial recognition software is at work, identifying the various parts of the bird—feet, neck, wings, tail—and comparing your photo to a database containing thousands of images. The program uses characteristic bird markings—for example, the distinctive white "eyebrows" on a Carolina wren—to come up with the best possible match.

The app is not without its quirks. Facial recognition software works best with clear, high-quality images—hard to come by when snapping photos {more}…..