Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon – Sept. 13th, 7:00 p.m. at Severson Dells Nature Center – First Meeting of the Season!

Tiger's Nest

The ancient kingdom of Bhutan will unfold before your eyes when native Bhutanese Chubzang Tangbi brings to life the beauty of the Himalayan landscapes, sacred temples and deeply rooted culture filled with colorful festivals in an entertaining photo presentation.


Chubzang is a photographer and premier birder and a tour guide with Langur Eco Travels of Bhutan.  His country was closed to outside visitors until 1970.  Today, Chubzang is dedicating his life to share the wonders of his homeland with others.


The presentation will take you trekking across the breathtaking high mountain passes, through alpine forests to see the magnificent hillside fortress-monasteries dzongs, to participate in the pageantry of the colorful festivals while experiencing the abundant flora, and discovering its wide diversity of birds and wildlife.


Only half the size of Indiana, Bhutan is considered one of the world’s top ten biodiversity hot spots.  Its deeply rooted culture of Tantric Mahayana Buddhism stresses that inhabitants take care of the land and maintain the pristine environment in order that life thrives.  Bhutan is one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in the world.  The country mandates that two-thirds of the land remains under forest cover respecting the ancient landscape.


This event promises to be an intriguing armchair journey into one of the world’s truly remote ancient kingdoms.


Request for bird program in Channahon, IL

The club has received a request for someone to do a program on bird watching at the public library in Channahon, IL. This is in Will County southwest of Joliet (p.36, A-2 in your DeLorme). If anyone is interested, please contact Sarah Robertson directly at the address/tel #s below.

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From: Sarah Robertson
Date: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Subject: Library Program


I am the adult librarian at the Three Rivers Public Library in Channahon, Il. We would like to do a program on Bird Watching at our library, and hoped you had a speaker at your organization that would be willing to come present this type of program. Please let me know if this would be a possibility, or if there is another person I should contact.

Sarah Robertson
Adult Services Librarian

Three Rivers Public Library District
815-467-6200 x306
815-467-4012 Fax

Rock Falls shorebirds

Although the middle of the Rock River isn’t exactly the place you think would have shorebirds, there were a nice mix, albeit small numbers, below both dams in Rock Falls this morning. Larry Balch and I drove down to Rock Falls to look for the previously reported Ash-throated Flycatcher in far western Lee County just SW of Rock Falls (we did not see it) and then checked the Sauk Valley Turf Farm at the intersection of IL 40 and IL 172. There were only Killdeer at the sod farm, plus some Eurasian Collared-doves.

Finally, we stopped in downtown Rock Falls to check the river. We found 8 Pectoral, 6 Least, and 2 Spotted Sandpipers, 4 L. Yellowlegs, and a single Sanderling om the rocks below the lower dam, and 2 more Spotted, 3 more Least, and 1 more Pectoral on the rocks below the upper dam. There were also White Pelicans, DC Cormorants, a Pied-billed Grebe, a female Red-breasted and a female Hooded Merganser, and a lot of swallows of 4 species (not Cliff or Purple Martin).

Rockford Blue Grosbeaks

Today I visited Cessna Drive, at the Rockford airport, to see if there were any new Upland Sandpipers around. Apparetnly those discovered there over a week ago had departed before we returned home from a trip. I did not locate any Uppies, but I did find at least 2 Blue Grosbeaks at Bell Bowl, an Illinois Nature Preserve which is located on airport property. It is open to the public.

I first heard a Blue Grosbeak singing, so I scanned and found a beautiful adult male perched up, and I was able to get my telescope on it and look for quite a while. Then, I heard a second bird sing,. Scanning in that direction, I found what appeared to be a female, but could have been a young male, perched in a tree. It had a mottled blue rump. It did not sing while I was watching it in the scope, so that bird could have been a female.

Directions: From Belt Line Road (I am not elaborating on directions to get there in light of the Uppie reports from earlier) take Cessna Drive toward the airport (N). Follow the road left where the freight shipping companies are located. At the end of the road, opposite Sureshot Express, is a small gravel drive that runs to the south. A chain link fence is at the end of this drive about 200 yards out. At thsi point, the gravel drive turns right and peters out,. Go 50 feet past the right turn and you will see a break in the chain link fence that borders the Nature Preserve. (Bell Bowl is the old Army amphitheater from Camp Grant, an old army base no longer in existence). Loo, down the slope from the break in the fence (you can enter through the gap) toward the thicket of box elder, sumac, and other scrub habitat. The birds were calling and flying there, and up to 300 feet further to the east of there. I found them first by sound, so if you are not familiar with Blue Grosbeak song, a review will save you time and give you a direction to look. You can park on the gravel drive by the gap in the fence. The drive is used as an access to the nature preserve, which is a remnant prairie.