Here are some events we will participate in during the next month:
Gull Frolic: Saturday, February 21. Starts 8:00 a.m. at the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club at the North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor, IL. We should see rare gulls and ducks, in addition to more common winter birds. The best part is that when we get cold, we can go inside the warm building to eat, drink hot chocolate, talk to other birders, and see the exhibits. Web address: http://www.lakecookaudubon.org/Gull_Frolic_Illinois.php
Baby Shower at the Animal Care League in Oak Park: Sunday, February 22. The ACL holds their 3rd Annual Baby Shower on Sunday February 22nd from noon until 3 pm at the shelter. This shower is for the kittens and puppies that will soon start showing up at ACL’s doorstep, needing shelter and care as they prepare for adoption. They ask for items to be donated off their wish list (like food, toys, and supplies), but also appreciate monetary donations. (Full disclosure: We adopted our kittens from ACL, and we volunteer there as a family once or twice a week.) Web address: http://www.animalcareleague.org/
Paleofest at Burpee Museum in Rockford, Illinois: Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8. OK, let it be known that Ethan and Dad still love dinosaurs, even the ones that didn’t evolve into birds. We’ll go for the lectures by paleontologists from around the country. Families with younger children will enjoy the workshops and museum exhibits. (We’ll look for Rough-legged Hawks and other living raptors as we drive I-290 to Rockford from Oak Park.) Web address: http://www.burpee.org/education/paleofest09.asp
ESCONI Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show: Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15. ESCONI is the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois, and our annual show brings exhibitors and dealers from around the Midwest to the College of DuPage for two days. Dad and one or more of the boys will help run the ESCONI Juniors activities booth days. (We’ll probably go birding on our lunch breaks.) Web address: http://www.esconi.org/esconi_earth_science_club/esconi-gem-mineral-show/
Will we see you at one of these events?