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 – 2018-2019 Kick-off Dessert Night
Thursday, September 13, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, IL
Bring a dessert to share but not for 20 or more. We each can’t eat that many desserts. Desserts will be followed by an informal discussion on good birds you saw or birding experiences you had during the summer.

ALERT ! ! ! NCIOS Meetings for October, 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.

Meeting – Birding the Lower Rio Grande Area
Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Wesley Willows Town Center, Rockford, IL
Jack Armstrong will describe what it is like to bird the Lower Rio Grande area in southern Texas. It is certainly one of the best areas to see new birds coming north from Mexico.
Field Trip – The First NCIOS Mystery Bird Chase
Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:00 a.m.
Meet in the Menards parking lot, 1600 W. Lane Rd. (on HWY 173 near Forest Hills Rd.) near the east end. We will have scouted the various bird web sites and will attempt to find the most interesting birds. For more information, call Phil Doncheck at 815/398-8046 the evening before.

Meeting – Birding Attu, the most western Aleutian Island, Alaska
Thursday, November 8, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Wesley Willows Town Center, Rockford, IL
Lee Johnson and Jack Armstrong will show us pictures of their trips to Attu. A trip on every birders bucket list for finding tundra birds and Asian incidentals.

Meeting – No meeting in December, 2018

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 15, 2018
To participate please call Dan Williams at 815/979-8335

White Pines Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 16, 2018
To participate please email Russ Cline at

Kishwaukee Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 22, 2018
To participate please call Barbara Williams at 779/537-3352

Rock Cut Christmas Bird Count
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
To participate please call Joel Neylon at or 779/348-5314

Field Trip – Kick Off The New Year
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 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, 2019

Meeting – Peregrine Falcons
Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Wesley Willows Town Center, Rockford, IL
Jennifer Kuroda will present a program on Peregrine Falcons including data on our own recently nesting pair.
Field Trip – Birding Lake Michigan Shoreline, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Saturday, February 23, 2019 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 – A Photographic Journey of Western Birds
Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Wesley Willows Town Center, Rockford, IL
John Longhenry will show photos of birds from the western part of North America.

Field Trip – Winnebago Waterfowl
Saturday, March 23, 2019 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 – Bird Populations and Changes
Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Wesley Willows Town Center, Rockford, IL
Derex Sallmann, avid birdwatcher and photographer in Wisconsin, will present the April 11 program, “Wisconsin Bird Populations.” Refreshments will be served. Questions? Call Joyce Brown at 815-543-9560 or Mary English at 815-397-4883.

Midwest Sandhill Crane Count
Saturday, April 13, 2019 (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 27, 2019 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
Saturday, May 4, 2019
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. To participate contact Jack Armstrong at 815-398-2974 for an area assignment.

Meeting – Antarctica – Ocean, Ice and Penguins
Thursday, May 9, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Barbara and Dan Williams will be home from their trip to Ushuaia, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula. Barbara will present a program on the ecosystems and places they visited and the birds and other wildlife they encountered in the wilds of the southern Atlantic Ocean.

Field Trip – Severson Dells
Saturday, May 11, 2019 8:00 a.m. Date subject to change depending on spring migrations.
Come walk the trails of Severson Dells and see what it looks like in the daylight with birds versus our usual night meetings. Meet at the administrative building at 8:00 a.m. Leader – Mary Kisamore 815/289-2623

Meeting and Potluck Supper
Thursday, June 13, 2019 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 2019-2020 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.


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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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