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South Lakefront Framework Plan: Birds and Golf Courses

South Lakefront Framework Plan: Birds and Golf Courses

COS has been keeping an eye on plans for development in Jackson Park, including a new golf course in the South Shore neighborhood.  Birders and community residents are voicing their concerns about wildlife protection.

COS Celebrates 2017's Conservation Award Winners

COS Celebrates 2017's Conservation Award Winners

In December COS celebrated its Conservation Awards, given to volunteers who have given freely of their time and energy to do the avian-based restoration work at LaBagh Woods. 

Back to the Swamp!  LaBagh Workday #3, 2017

Back to the Swamp! LaBagh Workday #3, 2017

We are really starting to see progress being made at the this Swamp White Oak grove area, and I am so proud of our volunteers for what they have accomplished in this area. But like most restoration efforts, no rest for the weary. We will continue removing unwanted dead trees, pole trees and buckthorn to prepare this area for seeding (immediately) and planting (in the near future). 

COS Board Meeting Recap - 2017 February 6

COS Board Meeting Recap - 2017 February 6

Just what is your COS Board doing on this unseasonable warm February Monday evening, besides eating lasagna?

Your COS (Chicago Ornithological Society) Board is comprised of 10 volunteers lead by Carl Giometti, our COS President for 2017. The board meets a minimum of once per quarter and deliberates on a number of initiatives COS is involved with for Chicago area birders. 

Join us for LaBagh Winter Work Day December 3

Join us for LaBagh Winter Work Day December 3

The native shrub plantings are finished for 2016, and now we begin to prepare other parts of LaBagh for native shrub plantings and native herbaceous plant seeding in 2017. This is important work, but more than anything else, IT'S FUN!

Register for the 2016 Lisle-Arboretum Christmas Bird Count

Join one of Chicagoland’s most active Christmas Bird Counts on December 18, 2016. Nearly 100 people volunteer their time on a wintery Sunday to count birds. The count circle includes a wide variety of habitats from the forests of Palos to the pine plantations of the Morton Arboretum to the open grasslands of Green Valley. The Lisle Arboretum Count is part of the National Audubon Society’s national Christmas Count program.

Lisle Christmas Bird Count 2015 report

The 67th Lisle-Arboretum Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, 20 December 2015. There was only a brief freeze in the weeks prior to count day, so that we had a lot of hope for a good count. The 90 field observers and nine feeder watchers also had reasonably warm weather to work with, without any snow on the ground. Despite this, most field parties bemoaned the lack of birds. 

The 2015 Team COS LaBagh Woods Big Year -- Report # 3

Have you been out to LaBagh Woods lately? If you have, you have seen that the LaBagh Big Year has made a huge difference. Planting is complete for this year, but fund-raising and scouring LaBagh for new species has not stopped.

How have we done? 

The 2015 Team COS LaBagh Big Year -- Report #2

The 2015 Team COS LaBagh Big Year -- Report #2

LaBagh Woods Big Year - 1/3 Done!

It seems like just yesterday that COS kicked off the LaBagh Big Year with a field trip there on a snowy January 1. Here we are now in May, with migration in full swing, over one-third of the way through 2015. So how do we stand?

67th Lisle-Arboretum Christmas Bird Count Results

67th Lisle-Arboretum Christmas Bird Count Results

The 67th Lisle-Arboretum Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, 20 December 2015. There was only a brief freeze in the weeks prior to count day, so that we had a lot of hope for a good count. The 90 field observers and nine feeder watchers also had reasonably warm weather to work with, without any snow on the ground. Despite this, most field parties bemoaned the lack of birds. 

The 2015 COS Team LaBagh Big Year -- Report #1

The 2015 COS Team LaBagh Big Year -- Report #1

Quietly, and with little fanfare, before the Ivory Gull was even a thought forbirders in the Chicago area, a very special year-long event kicked off at LaBagh Woods.  Chicago Ornithological Society (COS), in conjunction with a number of other conservation-minded partners, launched a fundraiser for the restoration of the understory at LaBagh in 2015 and beyond.