Plum Creek is for the Birds!
Take a hike, view birds, get an in-depth look at a regional stronghold for Henslow’s sparrows and help remove invasive shrubs on this grassland. All are invited to attend on October 26, 2019 at Plum Creek Forest Preserve in Cook County. The morning bird walk will be held from 7:30 – 9a.m. followed by brush cutting from 9a.m. to Noon.
Plum Creek’s Important Bird Area grassland bird habitat extends much deeper than most birders visit to find their target birds, such as its signature species, the Henslow’s sparrow, a federal species of concern. Invasive shrubs are advancing in parts of the grassland, which progressively reduces the acreage available for nesting birds.
“The Henslow’s sparrow is making a comeback in Illinois, especially in Cook County, after steep national declines due to habitat loss and fragmentation,” stated Jim Herkert, Illinois Audubon Society Executive Director. Forest Preserve of Cook County ecologists counted an impressive 36 singing Henslow’s sparrows in a bird census of the grassland last June.
“This workday is a prime opportunity to discover the spirit of stewardship and the joy of birding,” added Mary Bernat of Bird Conservation Network. Tools and refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Forest Preserve of Cook County work crew will also be on hand to help with some of the heavy work. All ages welcome, no experience necessary.
For questions or to RSVP, contact Click Here To Email Daniel Suarez. Large groups must RSVP.
Plum Creek Forest Preserve is located at Burnham Ave and 223rd Street, Sauk Village Illinois. Meet at the main parking lot and shuttles will transport volunteers to the grassland.
The following organizations have made this day happen:
- Forest Preserves of Cook County
- Audubon Great Lakes
- Illinois Audubon Society
- The Field Museum
- Bird Conservation Network
- Chicago Audubon Society
- Chicago Ornithological Society
- Feminist Bird Club
- Sand Ridge Audubon Society
- Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation