Bird Houses for Sale :
Bluebird Houses will be available for
sale at each LCAS meeting. They can
be adapted for Wren Houses for $2.
more. The Houses are on sale for $15
A Bluebird Nest Box can be converted
into a Winter Roosting Box by turning
the door upside down and adding
dowel rods for Roosting. TAG HERE to
see picture example.
2013 - 2014 Season
Lake County Audubon Society
|An Illinois Chapter of the National Audubon Society
|The Mission of the Lake County Audubon
Society is Education, Conservation and
Restoration of natural ecosystems, focusing
on birds, and other wildlife and their habitats
for the benefit of humanity and the earth's
Meetings & Programs
General meetings and programs of the Lake County Audubon are held at 7:30 pm on
the first Monday of the month October through May. These meetings / programs are
open to the public as well as members and are typically held in the second floor
meeting room of the Libertyville Village Hall, located at 118 W. Cook Street.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Invasive Plants: Unweaving the Web of Native Life
Catherine McGlynn,Coordinator for the Northeast Illinois
Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP)
Libertyville Village Hall
118 W. Cook St.
Second Floor Meeting Room
To check the History
of the Almond Marsh
New Platforms 2014
"A bird in the bush is worth two in the hand" see Audubon Outlook article by Glen Moss
Volunteers for the Lake County Forest Preserve have been planting shrubs in various preserves
throughout the county as part of their reforestation plan to restore some sites back to their
natural prairies and savannas. Tag here, to view a list of these native shrubs
Welcome Back Herons at
Almond Marsh Saturday
We had a great turnout for
this annual event. 108 visitors
came out to see the Great
Blue Herons returning to the
Rookery at Almond Marsh.
So far the rookery has 18
GBH nests occupied and
more are returning every day.
To see Photos of the event,
Birdscaping in the Liberty Prairie Reserve by Paul Geiselhart
Two of this year’s programs, Laura Rericha with Insects and Plants: an Intricate Relationship (March) and
Susanne Masi, Plants of Concern (May) are about the importance of native plants and their animal
Lake County Audubon Society (LCAS) is pleased to announce a special program that supports this theme,
building on the plant/animal relationship and the need to improve that relationship. We will do this by seeding
high value native plants in our local Liberty Prairie Reserve.
Society members are currently working with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, Libertyville Township
Open Space District, and Conserve Lake County to build a Birdscaping Program for a selected area within the
Reserve. The property is located south of Casey Road and east of Rte. 21.
Over the last few months, we have identified over a dozen native forbs and grasses that will help build the
plant/animal habitat in the designated area, which is currently undergoing restoration. By replacing invasives
with high value plants, we will be encouraging animal habitat and providing high-nutrition food and shelter for
animals including birds.
The Society is raising funds to purchase native plant seeds for installation during May or June. Our goal is to
plant up to six acres in the protected nature preserve areas where invasive plants such as buckthorn and
honeysuckle are being removed. The plan is to install the seeds so that the mature plants will be visible from
the existing prairie trails. More importantly, we will select plants that will bloom and produce food during
different seasons in order to encourage migratory bird stopovers in future years.
The Birdscaping Program supports the trend and demonstrates the benefit of native plants that can support
unique animal habitat while improving the wildlife/birding experience as visitors hike the trails.
We invite you to be part of our Birdscaping Program by donating and/or volunteering to help on-site. Checks
should be made out to LCAS and notated accordingly. If you have questions or wish to volunteer, please email
us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tag Here for PDF Flyer
Tag Here to see 2 page PDF of Bird-Friendly Grasses and Forbs that will be used in Liberty Prairie Reserve
Wanted: Used Bird Books and Used Binoculars
Help educate Yucatan youth by encouraging their interest in nature and
the value of birds. Potential future economic benefits for them as guides
for travelers visiting the Yucatan.
Please donate gently used, functional binoculars and bird books, not
necessarily in Spanish, to your local Audubon chapter by May 31, 2014.
These will be gathered and distributed to our contact in the Yucatan.
Thank you for your help.
Contact: Lake County Audubon Society
Keep track of the Birds in your backyard and add your information
to a web site tag on e-birds for more information and to get started
If you would like to
submit a photo you
took to be added to
the Lake County
Audubon WEB Site,
please read the
following link. Lake
County Audubon Birds