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You can now join or renew your IAS/WCAS annual membership online! It's easy and convenient.
 
 
 
Do you enjoy attracting wildlife to your backyard?   Do you maintain the four elements of habitat or would like to improve your backyard habitat?   Your backyard can become a Certified Illinois Audubon Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary.   Qualify and receive a certificate and a sign for posting in your yard.
 
 
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Please call the IAS office for questions regarding Certification or Re-Certification at 217.544.2473
 
Looking for a birding activity in Illinois? Check out the Illinois Audubon Society's Birding Calendar
 
 
 
 
Are you interested in learning more about birds and birding in and around Will County? Would you like to meet others that enjoy birding? Join us at one of our upcoming activities and find out what the Will County Audubon Society is all about. We hope to see you there!
 
Next Meeting
Thursday April 13, 2017
Social time 6:30pm
Business meeting 6:45pm
Program 7:00pm
 
A Rare Bird: The Kirtland's Warbler's Rise to Fame
Kara Hodges
 
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL 60432
 

Kara Hodges grew up in the southwest corner of Michigan.  She attended Michigan Technological University before transferring to Central Michigan University and graduating with a B.S. in Biology.  For the past two years Kara has worked for the Michigan Audubon Society as their Kirtland’s Warbler tour guide. Currently she is attending Illinois State University in pursuit of her master’s degree. 
 
Kara works in the Avian Ecology Lab under Dr. Charles Thompson and Dr. Scott Sakaluk and is investigating eggshell pigmentation in house wrens.
The Kirtland’s warbler is arguably the most famous warbler in North America, and the rarest.  Learn the history of this bird from its chance discovery and naming, the decades-long search for its nesting grounds, and the sometimes scandalous people that have studied it.  Kara will also describe the Kirtland’s warbler’s exacting habitat requirements and how fire suppression and an invasive species almost led to its extinction.  Finally, she will talk about the intense management done to revive the population and the amazing success conservationists have had, resulting in the potential delisting of the Kirtland’s warbler from the Endangered Species List.
 
All meetings are free and open to the public.
 
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