You may have seen the news about a recent study revealing that we've lost almost 3 billion birds since 1970 - that is one in four birds in less than a human lifetime. We are losing once-common species throughout the world, everything from swallows and sparrows to warblers and meadowlarks. A world without birds would be an ecological disaster and decidedly less delightful.
Come and learn what you can do to protect, support and help our feathered friends.
We'll start the evening with a short talk by filmmaker Bob Dolgan who will introduce us to Monty & Rose, a pair of endangered Piping Plovers who nested at Montrose Beach last summer. Monty and Rose were the first pair to nest in Chicago since 1956 and generated a lot of interest in both the birding community and among environmentalists. Bob made a film about this intrepid pair, will show clips from the documentary and describe his experiences. Monty and Rose are back again this year and have already hatched and are raising three baby plovers.
Evanston resident and birder, Tamima Itani, will talk about how she organized volunteer efforts to protect the Plovers, and Annette Prince from Chicago Bird Collision Monitors will talk about her 18 years of bird advocacy, rescue and protection, and go over what you can do to help birds.
Allison Sloan, co-lead of Evanston Natural Habitat will cover creating bird friendly habitats.
Registration is required and the Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event.
If you want to watch the trailer for Bob's film about Monty & Rose, it is available here: https://www.montyandrose.net/
You can also follow what's going on with Monty & Rose at this website: https://www.chicagopipingplovers.org/