Calendar of Programs and Events


Join us for Wild Writings!
CCAS is proud to present a new initiative that aims to unite and connect people that enjoy nature-related literature. Our new reading group – Wild Writings – will officially kick off on March 15th! Each month, participants will read a short segment of nature-related literature and have an informal meeting (via Zoom) to discuss the reading.

If you’d like to know more about Wild Writings, or if you are interested in joining our reading group, please email our Program Chair, Alida de Flamingh, at before March 15th.

Monthly Meeting and Seminar Schedule

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Listening to Nature: Bird Sounds and Accommodating All Birders
Thursday, April 1st at 7:00 PM CST

Meeting ID: 850 5788 5028
Password: CCAS
Talk description:
George will talk about how he became an ear birder (he started very young), the process and resources he uses for learning bird sounds, and some of the challenges he faces in bird identification. George goes birding with his local Audubon chapter and will discuss challenges that parks offer to birders of differing mobilities and how Audubon chapters can better accommodate all birders.
Short Bio: While George has multiple challenges, among them being legally blind and using a wheelchair, he also has superpowers. George is a musician who composes, writes, sings, and plays the harmonica. He is a docent one day a week at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, where he has learned hundreds of calls of birds from around the world. The first person known to have distinguished the sex of young Fire-tufted Barbets, a Malaysian bird, by noting slight difference in pitch, George was asked to write a paper on the subject. He is a gifted and meticulous ear birder.

Sunday Morning Bird Walks
Sunday, March 28th – May 30th 2021
Frequency TBD
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot
Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park

Walks officially last about 1 1/2 hours (though some folks stay later if the birding is good).
On alternate weeks, stay tuned for virtual bird hikes via FB Live!

This Spring We:
1. Require Sign-Ups: Please use this form if you fully intend to participate:

2. Are limiting walks to 10 participants. If you decide you are unable to attend, please remove your name from the sign up so someone else can!
3. Require face masks (do not attend if you feel unwell or were potentially exposed)
4. Strict adherence to social distancing and COVID guidelines
**This year we are obviously encouraging people to do things a little differently with COVID-19, however, fortunately, there are no state-imposed limits right now on outdoor activities – limit in person contact and avoid carpooling with others. Meet up at the birding site and practice social distancing and wear face masks. We also unfortunately have to discourage any post count potlucks or gatherings, particularly indoors. Please be smart and be safe to protect our volunteers. **
The Sunday Morning Bird Walks started in the 1940’s. Birders of all skill levels are welcome!
We begin every week at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot and then decide whether to walk into Crystal Lake Park or Busey Woods. These parks play host to 36 species of warblers every spring as well as large numbers of vireos, thrushes, orioles and tanagers.
Bird walks are held on Sunday mornings during the spring and fall migration seasons: March-May & September-October
Champaign County Dark Sky Week (April  5th – 11th)
Spring Bird Count  ( Saturday, May 8th) :
Spring Bird-a-thon ( Sunday, May 9th – Sunday, May 16th): * Our annual fundraiser for the Kendeigh Ornithological Grants

Recurring Events

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

Feb-May & Sept-Dec
First Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.
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)

Bird Counts
See Bird Count page.

Board Meetings
Third Monday of the month, 7:00pm
Champaign Public Library – Friends Conference Room
(No meetings June, July, December) 
In 2021, we will be meeting via ZOOM. If you would like details on how to join, please email

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

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