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

Bowen Park Council Circle Dedication

The 16 trees planted in a circle celebrate the important role this land played in Native American cultures. The living ring of trees is a timeless representation of equality and friendship. Planting the trees today acknowledges Bowen Park’s important past, its current role in building community and environmental stewardship and the friendships and partnerships that continue to guide Waukegan’s future.

Join us as we celebrate the dedication of the Council Ring in Bowen Park. The Council Ring site will be located on the site of the old boys camp, on the east side of the Glen Flora Ravine, on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.

The site can be reached by trail and bridge. The trail begins behind the Jack Benny Center and accessible from the parking lot near the Center.

Shuttles will also be available from the Jack Benny Center in Bowen Park starting at 9:30am. Some terrain may be rough and uneven.

The event is free and open to the public.