Birds of a Feather

“Birds of a feather flock together” – that’s certainly true for a group of local residents who share their love of birds, especially for long-time Naperville resident Marscha Chenoweth. She’s been bird watching with the DuPage Birding Club since the organization began more than 25 years ago. Two of her favorite things keep her coming back.

“The beauty of the birds and the thrill of the chase,” said Chenoweth.

Others just recently joined the group for the first time.

“They seem to be very good at getting the birds to come out and have very good birders,” said Naperville resident Anne Siebert. “They’re fun trips to join.”

The DuPage Birding Club is the largest and most active group of its kind in Illinois. Over the years, the group’s grown to more than 200 members, who go on weekly bird watching field trips throughout the year. West DuPage Woods is one of the more popular locations for the hobby. There birders can spot a type of bird called the Warbler, which migrates from South America to Canada in May.

“They stop here on their way and they’re easy to view,” said Diann Bilderback, the club’s Corresponding Secretary. “So this is a hot spot for Spring migrants.”

Experts say bird watching is a great way for birders to get connected with nature and each other.

“You have that common denominator of birds but then you meet people who have other interests the same,” said club member Marilyn Bell.

As for Chenoweth, bird watching has even taken her all over the world, including places like Kenya, Tanzania, and Thailand. “I just enjoy it, seeing different countries, different cultures, and different birds,” she said.

For more information on upcoming trips, visit dupagebirding.org.

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