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Presented by Natural Habitat Evanston, Rotary International and evanston ecology center
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Bird Collisions: Hazardous Features and Easy Solutions

April 9, 2024
6:30 pm
7:30 pm
Zoom or One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., 3rd Fl. Auditorium, Evanston, IL 60201

About our topic

Join NHE, Rotary International and Annette Prince, from Chicago Bird Collision Monitors on this informative talk on bird collisions.

It's bird migration time in Chicagoland. Let's give birds safe passage through our region.

Nearly a billion birds perish each year as a result of window strikes. They see the sky or tree in a window reflection and fly towards it, dying at the solid pane.  For decades, Annette Prince of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors has collected about 11,000 birds a year, helping the Field Museum build an extraordinary profile of bird collisions in our area, and saving thousands of injured songbirds. She will discuss the perils facing our migratory birds, the buildings where they collide in Chicago and Evanston and why.  She shares easy steps we can each take to help them find safe passage through Chicagoland. It’s a concern only heightened in recent years as our population of birds declines while our reliance on glass grows as a foundation element in architectural design.  

About the speaker

Annette Prince has worked on local and national conservation projects as well as wildlife education and rehabilitation programs over the last thirty years. She joined the grass-roots project - Chicago Bird Collision Monitors – in 2004 and became its director in 2005 helping to advance its mission to rescue, educate and advocate for the protection of birds impacted by the dangers they face in urban areas. Annette has served on the board of the Chicago Bird Alliance (formerly Chicago Audubon Society) for 20 years.  She heads the Bird Friendly Chicago initiative to promote bird-friendly building design in Chicago. Annette is an avid bird watcher who has traveled to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and Central America to enjoy birds and their natural habitats.

About Us

Natural Habitat Evanston, a program of Climate Action Evanston, is an all-volunteer community group of about 900 members, spreading the word on creating habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife. We aim to change the culture of lawns: leaving your leaves is the simplest first step; the second step is adding a native shrub or tree to shrink your lawn. We show how to transition from turf with low-cost cardboard methods, which keystone native plants to choose for year-round forage, that insects chewing on leaves is a ‘win’ (rather than cause to reach for pesticide), how turning off unnecessary lights saves insect and birds (and human health), and how to make your windows bird-friendly (because if you are going to invite birds to your yard, let them visit safely). We plant a lot of native trees and shrubs, especially at schools and in the 5th Ward.

We encourage people to think outside the lawn with No Mow May. Our Pollinator Pledge is a central focus of all our outreach and education, and a great way to spread the word to your neighbors.

About the other sponsors of this event

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Rotary and the Rotary Staff Green Committee are proud to co-sponsor this event.
Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Through our environment area of focus, we are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment. We empower communities to access grants and other resources, embrace local solutions, and spur innovation in an effort to address the causes and reduce the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.
Evanston Ecology Center. Surrounded by the Ladd Arboretum, the Ecology Center is home to a nature classroom with live animal exhibits, nature-based educational programming, and a multi-purpose room for event rentals.
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The Evanston Ecology Center strives to foster a greater appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment and our interdependence with it through educational programs and services.
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