Christmas, Spring and Crane Counts

1. Christmas Count: The McHenry County Christmas Count is part of the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count that has been conducted for over 100 years. McHenry County Audubon’s 15 mile circle is centered in Bull Valley near the corner of Bull Valley road and Cold Springs Road. Our volunteers attempt to cover all good bird habitat within that circle. Members drive, watch feeders, walk, or some combination thereof from dawn to dusk. All sightings are then collated for a total reported to National Audubon. New participants are welcome. Contact Rob Gough at robgough@att.net to take part.

2. Spring Count: The Illinois Audubon Society sponsors a statewide bird count during the first Saturday after May 3rd. The goal is to survey the entire county for all birds. Group leaders divide up the county to make sure all good habitat is surveyed. Birds are counted by walking, driving, and watching feeders from dawn to dusk. Results are then collated and sent to the state. New participants are welcome. Contact Rob Gough at robgough@att.net to take part.

3. Crane Count: The International Crane Foundation coordinates a Crane Count on a Saturday in mid April. The goal is to identify all nesting sites of sandhill cranes in McHenry County. The process involves staking out good marsh habitat from 5:30 am – 7:30 am. All cranes sighted or heard are documented. Many sites in the county are available. Contact Stacy Iwanicki at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov to participate.

 

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Annual Midwest Crane Count

Annual Midwest Crane Count

April 8 @ 5:30 am - 7:30 am

Members Event- Black Crown Marsh

Members Event- Black Crown Marsh

April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kelly McDonald’s for Pizza & Evening on Black Crown Marsh Active MCA members only.

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Bird Walk

Bird Walk

April 9 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us most weekends for a bird walk. Ideal for all levels of birders. Our walks cover 2-3 miles over a variety of habitats. Bring your binoculars or borrow one of ours. Discover each leaders favorite birding Apps. Geared to adults and attentive kids 6 years and up. Register at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294.

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Members’ Meeting: Illinois Flycatchers with Geoff Williamson

Members’ Meeting: Illinois Flycatchers with Geoff Williamson

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Member’s Meeting – Thursday, April 13th at Loyola Retreat Campus (address below) Bird Walk 5:30- 6:50pm, lead by Steve Mitten Refreshments at 7:00 pm, Presentation starts at 7:30 pm Geoffrey Williamson presents “Flycatchers of Illinois and their Identification” Confused by flycatcher identification? You are not the only one! Geoff Williamson will discuss what to look for and what to listen Continue Reading

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Birding the Kankakee River

Birding the Kankakee River

April 22 - 23

Birding the Kankakee River       April 22-23rd         Lead by: Lisa Maier Celebrate this Earth Day birding and relaxing along the Kankakee River! We will be heading to my family’s cottage, nestled in the Momence Wetlands. We will bird some of the prime areas around the cottage, including the Kankakee Sands (now with bison!), Willow Slough (a last vision of the now Continue Reading

Bird Walk

Bird Walk

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us most weekends for a bird walk. Ideal for all levels of birders. Our walks cover 2-3 miles over a variety of habitats. Bring your binoculars or borrow one of ours. Discover each leaders favorite birding Apps. Geared to adults and attentive kids 6 years and up. Register at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294.

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Birding the Kankakee River

Birding the Kankakee River

April 22 - 23

Birding the Kankakee River       April 22-23rd         Lead by: Lisa Maier Celebrate this Earth Day birding and relaxing along the Kankakee River! We will be heading to my family’s cottage, nestled in the Momence Wetlands. We will bird some of the prime areas around the cottage, including the Kankakee Sands (now with bison!), Willow Slough (a last vision of the now Continue Reading

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Board Meeting

Board Meeting

April 24 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

MCA board meeting open to all members and public.  

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International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day

April 29 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

International Migratory Bird Day at Glacial Park

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