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Thursday, Dec 7, 7pm
December Program: BBC's The Life of Birds

Urbana Free Library
Warm up with a winter potluck and movie night for our CCAS monthly meeting! Bring a warm sweater and cozy up with some cocoa and popcorn for an episode of the BBC documentary “The Life of Birds.” This documentary is a stunning view into the secret lives of some of the worlds most intriguing and exotic birds by those that brought you Blue Planet and Planet Earth.
CCAS will provide popcorn and cocoa but you are welcome to bring a dish or snack to share! All are welcome including non-members! Bring your friends and family! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 16
Christmas Bird Count: Champaign County

Contact Helen Parker at h-parker@illinois.edu if you would like to participate.

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Recurring Events:
Sunday Morning Birdwalks
March-May & Sept-Oct
Sundays, 7:30 - 9:00am
Our most popular event! Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway, Urbana, at 7:30 AM. Walks in the nearby Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park officially last about 1 1/2 hours (though some intrepid birders stay later).

CCAS Programs
First Thursday of the month, 7pm
Guest speakers present on a variety of topics throughout the year. Programs are usually located at the Urbana Free Library auditorium (no programs January, June, July, August)

Annual Bird Counts:
CCAS participates in several bird counts throughout the year. Any members, regardless of skill level, are welcome! Check the calendar above, or the current Meadowlark Messenger, for more information.

  • Great Backyard Bird Count
    Held in mid-February each year, this nationwide count is sponsored by National Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Participants count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC anywhere they wish: yard, a local park or preserve, etc. They then report results on the GBBC website. You may also download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device. CCAS also usually schedules an official observation time at the Anita Purves Nature Center bird viewing window.

  • Illinois Spring Bird Count
    The Illinois Spring Bird Count was initiated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in 1975. It occurrs annually on the Saturday that falls between May 4th and May 10th.

  • Spring Bird-a-Thon
    The Bird-a-thon is the CCAS annual fundraiser for our Kendeigh Scholarships, awarded to students conducting bird research in Illinois. The Birdathon starts the Sunday after the Illinois Spring Bird Count and lasts one week. Please participate or choose a team and pledge your support.

  • Christmas Bird Count - Champaign County
    The CBC is a program of the National Audubon Society and provides a long-term database on bird populations. CBCs are held all over North America, and have begun to be held in Central & South America as well. Champaign County has been participating in this program for more than 50 years. The CCAS count is always held the first Saturday of the count period (Dec 14 - Jan 5).

    Other counts that some CCAS members also participate in:
    - Clinton Lake
    - Forest Glen
    - Middle Fork

    More Info about CBBC's
    Map of Count Circles in the U.S.

  • Eagle Count
    The annual Eagle Count is coordinated by Illinois Audubon. CCAS members count eagles on the Illinois River between Havana & Beardstown, usually in early January.

Third Thursday of the Month, 7:15 PM
CCAS Board Meeting, Anita Purves Nature Center (no meetings June, July, December.
January meeting may be held at a different date/place.)

Thursdays, 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Listen to the Environmental Almanac on WILL AM-580, repeated at 6:45pm. Ideas for future bird pieces are welcome. Contact Rob Kanter for more information.

For more learning opportunities, please see programs and events offered at two local park districts:
Urbana Park District
Champaign County Forest Preserve District