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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Members Event: Dragonflies and Damselflies

Members Event: Dragonflies and Damselflies

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Marla Garrison presents “The Dazzling World of Dragonflies and Damselflies” Dragonflies are some of the most impressive fliers around with the ability to fly in any direction, including upside down. These hawks of the insect world can intercept prey mid-air, see 360 degrees and can reach speeds of 18 miles per hour! The similar damselflies are also beautiful and amazing Continue Reading

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Bird Walk at McHenry Dam

Bird Walk at McHenry Dam

March 11 @ 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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Bird Walk at McHenry Dam

Bird Walk at McHenry Dam

March 26 @ 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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