“Why Jackson Park Matters” lecture to be featured at Chicago Audubon Society

By TONIA HILL
Staff Writer

The Chicago Audubon Society, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., will host a lecture that will feature Jackson Park’s impact on birds on Thursday evening, April 13.

Dr. Douglas Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., will be leading the conversation titled “Lake Front Migrants – Why Jackson Park Matters.” Stotz will give an illustrated data-filled talk to describe the high value of habitats in Jackson Park for migratory birds.

Jackson Park according to Illinois Birders Exchanging Thoughts (IBET) ranks as the sixth best birding spot in the state of Illinois based on results from a recent informal poll.

In addition to the presentation there will be a panel discussion that will include Stotz and Margaret Schmid of Jackson Park Watch. The panelists will discuss the impact of current and future projects, such as the upgrades to the South Shore and Jackson Park golf courses, the Barack Obama Presidential Center, and the Yoko Ono Sculpture in Jackson Park and its impact on birds.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the North Park Village Nature Center in Building D, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., it is free and open to the public. For more information call the Chicago Audubon office at 773-539-6793.

t.hill@hpherald.com