AUGUST 29, 2017
BIRD CLUB MEETING:
We'll welcome guest speaker Tara Beveroth, Avian Researcher and Monitoring Coordinator for the Illinois Natural History Survey. Tara coordinates the MOON (Monitoring of Owls and Nightjars) Illinois program, and will be speaking to us about the value and results of the program thus far. [From the MOON webpage:] "In the spring of 2008 Monitoring of Owls and Nightjars, MOON, in Illinois was initiated. MOON is a volunteer based program that occurs throughout the state of Illinois." This summer, Bird Club members will have the opportunity to join us in monitoring our route near Lake Shelbyville, which we adopted in 2016.
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.