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May 22nd, 2013

Every year, thousands of birds die in Chicago from flying into windows, usually after becoming disoriented by by the bright city lights while they are migrating at night. While the birds that fly into windows most often are common species, every once-in-a-while a real surprise shows up.

October 17th, 2012

A Burrowing Owl was found at Montrose Beach Dunes on October 6, the first record of this western owl in the Chicago area since 2008. After an absence of about a week, it (or another) was seen again at the same location. Then is was watched coughing up a pellet, as owls do.

July 31st, 2012

In my last blog post I documented a localized outbreak of botulism at Montrose Beach. Here I go more in-depth talking about botulism, and I discuss what can be done to prevent it recurrence.

July 30th, 2012

Over the last few days, at least three shorebirds with no obvious signs of trauma have been found dead or dying on Montrose Beach. What's killing them?

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