May 1, 2021
Virtual Evening Program
5:30 – 5:45 pm – Social Time & Welcome
6 – 7:00 pm – Program Presentation by Scott Robinson
7 -7:15 pm – Wrap up and Chapter Big Day Competition Notes
Balancing Science and Birdwatching: A Personal Journey
Scott K. Robinson, Ordway Professor of Ecosystem Conservation
Scott’s career in avian ecology has spanned many disciplines, including community ecology, landscape ecology, demography, and behavior. Much of his work has occurred in temperate forests of New England and the Midwest and tropical rainforests in Peru. As director of the Ordway Lab of Ecosystem Conservation he oversees a large group of graduate students pursuing research in tropical landscapes throughout the world. Scott is also an avid birder and has held the ABA North American Big Year record (set in 1976), and was twice a part of teams that set the World Big Day record (1982 and 2018).
Chapter Big Day Competition
May 1, 12:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Chapter Big Day is a competition between participating chapters of the Illinois Audubon Society for the most species observed in a 16-hour period (12:00 am to 4:00 pm). Registration is open to members and non-members and both a Chapter and an Individual Big Day Champion will be awarded.