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NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
2019-2020 MEETING and FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE

VISITORS ARE WELCOME
www.ncios.org

P.O. Box 6371, Rockford IL 61125-1371

Members are encouraged to invite their friends of any age or birding experience to any/or
all NCIOS activities.

Meeting – 2019-2020 Kick-off
Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Wesley Willows Town Center, Rockford, IL
Joel Neylon will discuss birding in Boone County.

ALERT ! ! ! NCIOS Meetings for September, November, February, March, April, and May will be held at
the Wesley Willows Town Center located on N. Rockton Avenue, north of Riverside Boulevard.

The
Town Center is on the west side of campus, 4142 Johns Farm Road. If you go past Johns Farm
Road, you can turn at the stop light at Embury Dr.

Field Trip – Colored Sands Bird Banding Station
Saturday, September 14 ,2019 7:00 a.m.
Will bird Colored Sands and its surrounding environments. Lee Johnson at 779/423-0878

Meeting – Fall Potluck Dinner
Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, IL
Bring a dish to pass. Dinner will be followed by an informal discussion on good birds you saw this summer and
viewing birds at the Severson feeders.

Field Trip – Horicon Marsh, Wisconsin
Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:30 a.m.
Meet in the Menards parking lot, 1600 W. Lane Rd. (on HWY 173 near Forest Hills Rd.) near the east end. Birders
can carpool to Wisconsin. Bring your own lunch or we can purchase fast food near Horicon.

Meeting – Program to be announced
Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Wesley Willows Town Center, Rockford, IL

Field Trip – Lost Mound and Mississippi River Area
Sunday, November 10, 2019 8:00 a.m.
Meet in the Farm and Fleet parking lot at 4725 W. State St. at 8:00 a.m.
Meeting – No meeting in December, 2019

Christmas Bird Counts
Our annual winter bird census in Winnebago, Ogle and Boone counties improves our understanding of the
populations and problems of birds locally and nationwide. Teams and area assignments will be organized in
advance of the count dates. New counters and feeder watchers are welcomed.
Rockford Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14, 2019
To participate please call Dan Williams at 815/979-8335
White Pines Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 15, 2019
To participate please email Russ Cline at rucline@gmail.com
Kishwaukee Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 21, 2019
To participate please call Barbara Williams at 779/537-3352
Rock Cut Christmas Bird Count
Monday, December 23, 2019
To participate please call Joel Neylon at 779/348-5314

Field Trip – Kick Off the New Year
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 7:00 a.m.
Meet at the Johnson house, 6 Johns Woods Drive. We’ll hit a few spots around Winnebago County and get year
lists off to a great start! At noon, we will return to the Johnson’s home for a bowl of Lynda’s hot soups. You may, but
are not required to, bring anything for the lunch. After lunch, some diehards will continue birding. Leader: Lee and
Lynda Johnson at 779/423-0878. Please call so that we will have some idea of how many might attend.

Meeting – No meeting in January, 2020

Meeting – 77 Years of Birding
Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Wesley Willows Town Center, Rockford, IL
Lee Johnson will present a slide program of birds to complement his discussion on a 77 year career of birding.

Field Trip – Birding Lake Michigan Shoreline, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:00 a.m.
We will meet in the Menards parking lot, 1600 W. Lane Rd. (on Hwy 173 near Forest Hills Rd.) near the east end.
We will carpool to Milwaukee to bird its north shoreline for gulls and northern diving ducks. If a good target bird
presents itself, we may travel a little further north. Bring your own lunch. Leader: Lee Johnson 779/423-0878

Meeting – Program to be announced
Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:30 p.m.

Field Trip – Winnebago Waterfowl
Saturday, March 21, 2020 8:30 a.m.
Jack and Joyce Armstrong will lead a local trip to find early Spring ducks and geese. Meet in the Farm and Fleet
parking lot at 4725 W. State St. at 8:30 a.m. Leaders: Armstrongs at 815/398-2974

Meeting – Program to be announced
Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Wesley Willows Town Center, Rockford, IL

Midwest Sandhill Crane Count
Saturday, April 11, 2020 (two hours from 5:30 to 7:30 in the morning)
This survey helps the International Crane Foundation monitor the abundance and distribution of Sandhill Cranes.
In the early morning we watch and listen from carefully selected sites to count calling and displaying Sandhills.
3000 volunteers in 5 states participate in this growing effort. Please call Jennifer Kuroda (?) at 815/298-2693 for
information and to sign up. Date subject to change.

Field Trip – Birding Boone County
Saturday, April 25, 2020 7:00 a.m.
Joel Neylon, NCIOS member and Boone County Park worker will lead us on a survey of nearby Boone prairies and
wetlands. Meet at Edwards Park Conservation Area located just north of HWY 173 on the east side of HWY 76 at
7:00 a.m. Joel Neylon at 779/348-5314

Illinois Spring Bird Count
This statewide survey gives us a better picture of spring migration and the arrival of breeding birds in Illinois. Our
group tries to census birds throughout the county during the day of the count. It’s a big job, but it is the very best
time of the year to be out birding. Lots of fun, lots of great birds! New counters and feeder watchers are welcomed.
Winnebago County, Saturday May 9th 2020, to participate contact Jack Armstrong at 815-398-2974 for an area assignment.
Boone County, Sunday May 10th 2020, to participate contact Joel Neylon at wburkfdjoel@gmail.com for an area assignment.
Ogle County, Sunday May 10th 2020, to participate contact Russ Cline at rucline@gmail.com for an area assignment.

Meeting – Insects in the World of Birds and Birdwatchers
Thursday, May 14, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Our natural world is made up of many different threads that weave together to make up our environment. Each
thread interacts with all the others. Some of the interactions are obvious, others are subtle and surprising. This
program will focus on the interactions between birds, birders, and insects. Barbara Williams

Meeting and Potluck Supper
Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:30 p.m..
Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, Il.
The last meeting of the spring features a potluck supper followed by a business meeting at 7:30 p.m. to finalize the
election of new officers for the 2020-2021 Season. Bring a dish to pass, your own tableware and beverage. After
the meeting we’ll stroll around the area and look for birds, weather permitting. Bug repellent is a good idea.

NOTE: PLEASE CALL THE LEADER IN ADVANCE FOR THE TIME AND PLACE TO MEET FOR FIELD TRIPS.
CAR POOLING IS ENCOURAGED FOR ALL FIELD TRIPS. RIDERS ARE EXPECTED TO REIMBURSE
DRIVERS FOR EXPENSES.

2019-2020 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

President: Lee Johnson 779/423-0878
Vice President: Directors:
Treasurer: Ron Callaway 815/226-1051 Joyce Brown (2020)
Secretary: Lynda Johnson 779/423-0878 Scott Hitchcock (2021)
Membership: Phil Doncheck 815/398-8046 Phil Doncheck
(2022) Refreshment Chair: Mary English 815/397-4883

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  1. 2018-08-21 @ 1230 hrs…
    From Orin Keplinger Boone County
    The Bald Eagles on Woodstock Rd have re-built their nest, destroyed during the May/June 2017 storms. It is about 30 yards to the west. They have put a single 2018 fledgling into the air and all is well. I have also, in July, located a new, to me, nest about three miles east, and also along Piscasaw Creek. Also one fledgling there, and only 103 yards from road.

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