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  • 1 June 2018


    Newsletter of the Mayslake Nature Study and Photography Club Hosted by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

    Up Coming Programs

    June 4 th

    – Birding Hotspots

    by Denis Kania

    July 2 nd

    – Ethnobotany

    by Valerie Blaine

    August 6 th

    - Competition Overview

    by Ron Szymczak

    June 4th Birding Hot Spots

    Denis Kania has been birding in the

    Chicago area for 35 years. During that time, he has pointed his binoculars into

    every nook and cranny of DuPage County. Some favorite haunts have risen above all

    others. Denis will share some of his favorite birding spots locally and then expand to a more worldly view. The

    photographic opportunities are magical at both local sites and some special sites farther afield that Denis will highlight.

    Bio: Denis Kania started birding late in life but quickly made up for lost time as it consumes all of his free time. Denis has a severe hearing loss. Since hearing is a big factor in seeing birds, Denis compensates by really focusing on his visual skills and concentrating on minute details that others might overlook. Denis has birded near and far all across the United States and cross the globe. He spends a lot of time in South America, the ―birdiest‖ continent in the world. Denis has also spent a lot of time crisscrossing the African continent as well as organizing trips to Australia, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Malaysia. On his last trip to Ecuador in January he saw the Olive-spotted Hummingbird, his 200th hummingbird species.

    Solomon’s Seal by Sheila Newenham

  • 2 June 2018

    Nature Photography Day Photo Contest

    2017 Photo Contest Winner--The last of a coalition of four cheetahs crossing the plain in Kruger National Park with Wild4 Photo Safaris. He fell behind and was racing to catch

    up. ©Douglas Croft

    June 15 is designated by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.

    In 2006, NANPA celebrated the first Nature Photography Day and placed it in McGraw-Hill’s (now Rowman & Littlefield's) reference work, Chase's Calendar of Events. Many media and websites took notice. Since then, people throughout the North American continent, and from overseas, too, have discovered numerous ways to observe and enjoy the day. NANPA encourages people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. A backyard, park, or other place close by can be just right. Walking, hiking, and riding a bike to take photos are activities that don’t lead to a carbon footprint. And fresh air can do wonders for the spirit!

    Nature Photography Day Photo Contest

    NANPA invites everyone to take photos of our natural world then enter our photo contest for a chance to win great prizes. Over 2,000 images were submitted last year for the 2017 Nature Photography Day Photo Contest. The contest is open to all professional and amateur nature photographers who are 18 years of age or older. The contest begins on June 8 and closes June 15 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

    July 2nd

    EEtthhnnoobboottaannyy by Valerie Blaine

    Throughout time, people and plants have evolved in an interdependent relationship. The study of this relationship is called ethnobotany. For most of human history, the knowledge of plants was passed from generation to generation in oral tradition. A tremendous amount of plant knowledge has been lost since European colonialism. In this presentation, we'll look at the basics of the human-plant relationship and the importance of re-connecting with traditional knowledge. Local plant lore will be combined with stories from other continents in the fascinating evolution of ethnobotany.

  • 3 June 2018

    Recent Outings

    May 12: Several members attended the Schlitz Audubon Raptor Festival in Milwaukee and had a great time. The weather cooperated and we got some great shots. We all enjoyed a nice brunch at a local restaurant after the photo shoot. Highly recommended for raptor close-ups and some bird in flight photos. Mark it on your calendar for next year.

    May 15: Karl Knapp, Steve Ornberg and Steve Bush (MAPS) visited Newport State Park in Door County for Milky Way Photography. Newport State Park is a designated International Dark Sky location and a great place for Milky Way night photography. We had two nights where the weather cooperated and we experimented with single star images, stacked star points and even a deep sky photo taken by Karl of the very bright Jupiter. Karl used a star tracker to follow Jupiter and took long exposures with a 200- 500mm lens. We will do this again since it is the closest dark sky location to Chicago.

    Jupiter with four of her moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and

    Callisto, by Karl Knapp

    It’s your last reminder to renew your membership. If you wish to renew, please bring your check to the June meeting or send it to me in the

    mail. Thanks everyone! Mitch Stemler

    491 S Parkside Ave. Elmhurst, IL 60126

    Elmhurst, Il 60126,+Il+60126&entry=gmail&source=g

  • 4 June 2018

    ProgramS overview for 2018-2019

    The board is busy planning fun-filled programs for this year‘s meetings. Starting off with ―Birding Locations‖ by Denis Kanis in June, an ―Overview of Competition‖ in August, a Will Clay presentation in November and then a Macro workshop in February. Something new this year is that we will take 10–15 minutes at the beginning of each meeting to have a member expert speak. There will be presentations about Light Room or Photoshop, culminating with a talk by Joanne Barsantti who is an expert digital artist. Or Dee Hudson will speak about Conservation focusing mainly on Nachusa Grasslands. The Lightroom, Photoshop and Conservation presentations will be given alternately throughout the season.

    Up Coming Outings

     June 5: Fabyan Japanese Tea Garden Tour. Meet at the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Batavia at 8am. We will be given a 45 minute private tour of the Fabyan Japanese Garden at 8:30. The cost of the tour is $5 per person. There is a minimum of 8 people and maximum of 15. We will be allowed to take pictures after the tour of the Japanese Garden. No tripods are allowed but mono-pods are acceptable as long as the tip is not dug into the ground. After the tour we can walk around the forest preserve on paths that lead to original stone grottos and ornate gates. Along these paths are a large cement eagle, a bridge that crosses the fox river and a windmill. Some of these paths pass thru lightly wooded areas in which wooden bird houses are. When I was there I saw blue birds and yellow finches. E-mail Bev Bartos at if you are interested in attending.

     June 16: Lake Renwick Heron Rookery in Plainfield. Meeting in the parking lot at 8am. There is limited access to the forest preserve. It is open on Saturdays only, from May 5th to August 11. On platforms built on an island in the lake, there are roosting egrets, cormorants, and great blue herons. The viewing is at a distance to not disturb the birds. We may be walked to the viewing area by a volunteer. Afterwards we might proceed to the Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve, a short distance away, depending on time. If interested please contact Beverly Bartos; for more information. We will go to lunch afterwards

  • 5 June 2018

    Nature Corner

    Nature Corner aims to educate about animals,

    flowers, plants and trees. Each month we will

    include a plant or animal photo and a few

    paragraphs about the subject so you may be

    able to identify it when you see it.

    Anyone can submit a photo to Sheila

    Newenham via the club e-mail for inclusion in

    an upcoming newsletter. Include the name,

    location and date if relevant, and a little

    information about the subject.

    Blackpoll Warbler by Barbara Dunn

    Blackpoll Warbler Barbara Dunn

    The Blackpoll Warbler is identified by a

    unique black cap with white cheeks. Another

    distinctive characteristic is its usually bright

    orange legs and feet. It has a boat-shaped

    body and short tail. This photo is a male; the

    females show a pattern that is fainter version

    of the male.

    The Blackpoll is the most impressive migrant

    of all the small birds. It migrates up to 7,000

    miles each