Ron Bradley will be leading group bird walks at Lake Charleston again this fall, starting November 17! Walks focus on birds on and off the water, with a spotting scope used to give up-close views when possible. Meet by the dam at 8am! This walk will repeat every Friday morning until announced otherwise!
Anyone with an interest in birds is welcome to join us on the walk! The lake area is typically colder and windier than in town. Long-underwear and full winter gear are recommended for your comfort.
See what birds have been reported at
Lake Charleston recently:
Tyler Wright will present his recent work with Lakeland College and Coles Moultrie Electric Co-op. toward the development of an Avian Protection Plan for the power company.
Tyler has been using data from eBird and the IDNR to develop local maps of species sightings. He has also been mapping densities of sightings, particularly focusing on bald eagles sighted in the Coles Moultrie area. Tyler will be sharing his progress so far, as well as providing insights into the development of the Avian Protection Plan.
Everyone with an interest in birds in invited!
Be prepared to share your recent sightings and bird-related news or questions.
"[Below are] the results of the December 17, 2016 Coles-Cumberland Christmas bird count plus a map showing our 15 mile diameter CBC circle. Ours is one of hundreds of CBC circles in North America, approved by the National Audubon Society." - Laurence Thorsen, count compiler
Chuck Martin will be at the Charleston Library Author Fair: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
"As you may know I am the author of Bird Hunting Tales and Tips, a hardbound collection of 33 original short stories about bird hunting, love of dogs and family values. An EIU graduate, class of 1974, and a Taylorville area landowner, I have been fortunate to have had 56 of my short stories published by international magazines such as Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and Quail Unlimited and others. As a self publisher and self-marketer, I rely on word of mouth referrals, book signings and personal appearances at fundraising banquets etc. for sales."
Friends of the Library Author Fair
Sunday, November 6th
Charleston Carnegie Library - Rotary Rooms
Join us for a Friends-sponsored Author Fair will be open to the general public in the Rotary Room. Twenty Local Authors will be here to answer questions about their work and offer books for sale!
Authors: Bobbie Jean Ashley, Debbie Bauer, Randy Ervin, Georgia Florey-Evans, Joe Gisondi, JT Hartke, Lynn Kendrick, Karen Lofgren, Chuck Martin, Rebecca Shambart, Richard Stickann, Barbara Tackitt,
Doris Wenzel, Cullen Porter, Valerie Huffman, Pauline Peterson, Steve Shoemaker, Terry Denny, Sheri Poe-Pape, and Naomi Forward.
Seeking PRESENTERS or TOPIC SUGGESTIONS for 2017 club meetings:
Remember - WE define this club by what WE want it to be.
What do YOU want to see Bird Club do next?
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We had a fun morning at Lake Shelbyville, despite being rained out a couple hours in!
We got to see osprey several times, and the highlight of the trip was an aerial quarrel between an osprey and a peregrine falcon! The species we saw included:
Next Bird Club Meeting:
Tuesday, August 30, 6pm
-> Group Bird Walk!
The Coles County Bird Club is a group of local people with a shared interest in birds. We meet at the nature center the last Tuesday of each month at 6pm.