We have many great events planned for the month of March that you won’t want to miss!

March 7th: Audubon Photography Awards Exhibit Opening and Lecture

In celebration of the natural connection between birding and photography, Sinnissippi Audubon will host the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards Traveling Exhibition at Severson Dells Nature Center. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a display of the winning photos as well as learn more about local birdlife in Northern Illinois.

March 8th: A Focus on Birds – Photography Workshop

Join Sinnissippi Audubon, Camera Craft, Severson Dells, and Tamron for a fun and new adventure in collaboration! Tamron Tech, Jared Powers, will conduct a seminar on wildlife and bird photography, followed by an opportunity to venture into the Dells. Try free Tamron loaner lenses and the techniques discussed in our seminar.

March 12th: Birds and ‘bergs: 29 Years of Avian Research in Greenland

Sinnissippi Audubon welcomes Kurt Burnham, PhD, from the High Arctic Institute to our annual dinner/meeting. Every summer since 1991, he has conducted field research in Greenland. He will share the highlights of his 29 years of research with a focus on the future and what changes climate change may have on the avian community in north Greenland. The High Artic Institute initially studied Peregrine Falcons and Gyrfalcons but over the past 15 years has branched out to include studies on seabirds, sea ducks, passerines, etc. Current studies include long-term monitoring of falcon populations, migration studies on seabirds, and research on pollutants.

March 14th: A Focus on Birds – Birds of Prey

Join us and Severson Dells Nature Center for a day of “focus” on birds of prey! Local falconer and Sinnissippi Audubon board member, Cristobal Manzano will be on site with his falconry birds. Learn about birds of prey and the art of falconry. Visit different stations to learn about adaptations of birds of prey and head outside to see what birds of prey you can find around Severson Dells.

11am -3pm:

Live birds of prey.  Local falconer and SInnissippi Audubon board member, Cristobal Manzano will be on site with his falconry birds. Learn about birds of prey and the art of falconry.

Make a peregrine falcon during this paper craft activity! Ages 8+ This paper craft falcon is half the size of a real falcon.

1:00 PM Lecture: Rockford Register STAR Peregrine Falcons

The Peregrine Falcon’s status in Illinois has improved over the years from endangered to threatened, and the bird has been removed altogether from the state list of species needing aid. Peregrine falcons are still federally protected but no longer on the edge of extinction.

There are more falcons in Illinois than ever, including the City of Rockford. In 2018, the city documented its first breeding pair, which chose the Rockford Register Star (RRSTAR) news tower as their nest location.

Please see our events calendar for more details on how to register or purchase tickets.