Calendar of Programs and Events

Thursday, November 29, 6:30pm 
Nerds Who Bird Trivia Night
Broadway Food Hall
Get your study on for the 2nd Nerds who Bird trivia event! Looking for some competition? Team up with your family, friends, coworkers, and get nerdy with us! Prizes offered to the winning teams and food and drink are available from multiple vendors. FREE but donations are appreciated! Pre-register your team by emailing
See you there!

December Program: Coal Ash Threatens the Middle Fork and Waters Across Illinois
Thursday, Dec 6, 7pm
Urbana Free Library
Presenter: Andrew Rehn, Prairie Rivers Network
The Middle Fork is Illinois’s only National Scenic River, a treasure for the state. However, it’s threatened by huge dumps of toxic coal ash on the bank of the river - and it’s not alone.
Find out how toxic coal ash threatens the Middle Fork and waters across the state, what we’re doing to fix the problem, and how you can help.
We will be joined by Andrew Rehn from Prairie Rivers Network for a presentation and discussion about local issues in Central Illinois.
FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, December 15
Christmas Bird Count: Champaign County
Join us for the nations longest running community science project: the annual Christmas Bird Count!
The count will be held this year on December 15th, the first Saturday of the count period. The count runs all day--from first light until you "can't see anymore." People may count birds at their feeders or in the field. You do NOT need to be an experienced birder to participate; we do our best to have "newbies" in a party with experienced people.
Please email to sign up to count. Helen will be organizing data and teams for the big event.


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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, 7:15 p.m.
At Anita Purves Nature Center (no meetings June, July, December) The January meeting may be held on a different date/place.

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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