”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
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.
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.
FREE to all kids, 18 and under. Ages 13 and under must have an adult guardian.
Divisions: Kids: Ages 13 and under.
Young Adults: Ages 14 to 18.
Prizes: Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish of each species in each division. Any species can be entered. If it has fins, it can win!
Food: Lunch and drinks will be provided on the patio for all participants.
Rules: Registration/check-in will start at 6am at the Harbor Office Patio. Fishing period will be from 7am to 12pm. All fishing must take place within the Waukegan Harbor area, including Government Pier and the South Rocks. All fish must be taken with hook & line, in accordance with Illinois DNR regulations. NO SNAGGING! Please observe the harbor rules of no casting in the portion of the harbor where boats are moored.