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

Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail in Lake County

Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail this summer at one or more of the following events! Enjoy the trail by paddling on Lake Michigan in large, guided, beginner-appropriate voyageur canoes, and learn about opportunities for recreation, education, and stewardship along Illinois’ northern Lake Michigan coast!

All events are free and include beginner-friendly paddling experiences and other family friendly activities. People of all ages, skill levels, and abilities are welcome – bring your family and connect to Lake Michigan! Life vests and paddles will be provided.

All skill levels welcome! Family friendly activities
Kayaking for Ages 10+ (7+ with a parent)

Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail in Lake County

Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail this summer at one or more of the following events! Enjoy the trail by paddling on Lake Michigan in large, guided, beginner-appropriate voyageur canoes, and learn about opportunities for recreation, education, and stewardship along Illinois’ northern Lake Michigan coast!

All events are free and include beginner-friendly paddling experiences and other family friendly activities. People of all ages, skill levels, and abilities are welcome – bring your family and connect to Lake Michigan! Life vests and paddles will be provided.

All skill levels welcome!  Family friendly activities
Kayaking and Canoeing for all ages

Sharing Our Shore – Waukegan Kick-off Celebration

Celebrate the beginning of a new partnership between the City of Waukegan and the Lake County Audubon Society. Sharing Our Shore – Waukegan is a Beach Stewardship program.  The program goals include monitoring bird species and increasing public awareness of the need for bird conservation at the special dunes habitat of Waukegan Beach.  Refreshments will be provided.

Photo by Emma English

Take the Plover Pledge and commit to helping shorebirds by being a Plover Pal.

Visit the Beach Stewards at the informational table. They will be present at the beach on May 4 and every Saturday from 1-3pm in May – July.

One Earth Festival

Join us as we go ALL IN for our planet at the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival. See our full line-up of powerful, solution-oriented films. Discover community action partners who can help you plug into projects, large and small. Looking for action opportunities now? Volunteer for the Fest! It’s time to come together and give it everything we’ve got.

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