Monty and Rose: A film about Chicago’s endangered piping plovers

​”Monty and Rose” tells the story of a pair of endangered piping plovers that successfully nested at Chicago’s Montrose Beach in the summer of 2019, the first of the species to nest in Chicago in 64 years. The short, independent documentary chronicles these special birds and an unpredictable series of events including a proposed music festival that propelled the birds to national headlines. “Monty and Rose” features interviews with an array of key players in the story, including biologists, birders, volunteers and the advocates who spoke out when the music festival was proposed. “Monty and Rose” is an independent project, funded through the generous support of backers on Kickstarter. Partners in the project include Turnstone Strategies, Wenkus Productions, Free Spirit Media (Pat Nabong) and Eileen Wagner Design. Music is by local indie favorites Congress of Starlings. “Monty and Rose” was released in November 2019.

The film will also be shown throughout the region on the following dates:

January 13 – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, 7:30 p.m., Tickets (free)

January 23 – Wilmette Theatre
1122 Central Ave., Wilmette, 7 p.m. Tickets ($12)

February 6 – Martyrs’ (with Congress of Starlings performing live)
3855 N. Lincoln, Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($18)

February 22 – LaGrange Theatre
80 S. LaGrange Rd., LaGrange, 10:30 a.m. Tickets ($10, $5)

March 17 – Barbara Belding Lodge
Brewster Creek Nature Center, 6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles, 7 p.m. Tickets ($3)

March 26 – Leucht Auditorium
McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake, 6:45 p.m. Tickets (free)

April 29 – Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, 2 p.m. (free)

May 13 – Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, details TBD

May 14 – DuPage Birding Club, details TBD

Martins and More: A Celebration of Purple Martins

Celebrate the return of the Purple Martins. Learn all about monitoring Purple Martins from Purple Martin Landlord, Emma England. In addition, there will  be a talk on Eastern Bluebird monitoring from Jack Nowak and Steward Glen Moss will discuss habitat restoration work being done at the Old School forest preserve.

Meet at the parking lot near the sledding hill. The talks will be followed by refreshments at Shelter D. This event is open to all so please bring your family and friends.

Lake County Audubon Society meeting

The Lake County Audubon Society meeting will feature Beau Schaefer’s program: “Why I Like Doing Big Days”.

After 5 years of monthly Big Days, Beau has learned a lot about birds and himself. He will share those things as well as discuss his basic Big Day route and some of the highlights of past Big Days including the Lake County record of 164 in 2016.

Beau is in his 32nd year as an Honors Biology and Human Genetics teacher at Libertyville High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and a Master’s in Biology from Northeastern IL University in Chicago. Beau began birding around 9 or 10 after he saw a Blackburnian Warbler in his yard one day and then his parents bought him the Golden Guide to Birds of North America which he memorized. Beau did not really start serious listing until 2008 after he finished his baseball coaching career at the high school. Since then, however, birding has been his favorite activity and as a former competitive college athlete, he really enjoys the competitive aspects of birding. Beau has done Big Years, Big Months, and Big Days and has learned a lot doing all of these. His ABA List is 521, Illinois: 326, and Lake County: 305. Beau’s previous speaking experience includes 2016 as a breakout speaker at The Birding America Conference in Chicago, and his “13 Things I Learned Doing Big Days” article was published in Feb, 2016 in Birdwatching Magazine.

Under a new policy developed by the Village, doors will be open at 7:15 for attendees and will lock at 7:45, so please be prompt. Children are welcome to attend.