Mobile technology for birdwatchers focus of Kane County Forest Preserve District program – Chicago Tribune

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Mobile technology now offers up a world of tools for the beginning birdwatcher, Kane County Forest Preserve District officials said.
Because of that, district naturalists will lead an indoor lesson about the Merlin and eBird smart phone apps on Wednesday, Oct. 20, then head outside to test them in the field.
This all-ages program is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Creek Bend Nature Center in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St. in St. Charles.
Advance registration is required for this program. There is a $2 registration fee. To register, call 630-444-3190 or email [email protected].
For more information on upcoming Forest Preserve District of Kane County programs, go to or find the district on social media by searching @forestpreserve.
A habitat restoration work day will be held at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 30.
Seed collecting and dispersal will be the focus, however some invasive shrub removal may take place, organizers said. Tools will be provided but those attending can bring their own to the event.
Volunteers will meet in the main parking lot at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve on Bliss Road in Sugar Grove.
Refreshments will be available at the break. Anyone under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult, organizers said.
For more information, email Mary Ochsenschlager at [email protected] or call Robb at the Kane County Forest Preserve District at 630-232-5980.
Residents can offer their input on a redistricting committee’s map proposals for new DuPage County Board districts at an open house this coming week or online.
District boundaries are reviewed and reset every 10 years based on population growth and shifts determined through U.S. census data.
The proposed changes are available online at, where the public can submit written feedback.
An in-person open house where residents can comment on the maps will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in the County Board Room at the JTK Administration building, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton.
The full county board is expected to review the proposals Oct. 26.
The DuPage County Board is made up of six districts with three county board members representing each. The proposed map has less than a 1% population deviation between districts, board member Jim Zay, chair of the redistricting committee, said in a news release.
Kane County Recycles has scheduled a free document shredding event for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Kane County Branch Court office, 540 S. Randall Road in St. Charles.
Among the documents accepted for shredding are tax records, medical records, bank statements and anything with a Social Security number on it. Quantity is limited to the equivalent of four banker boxes contained in cardboard boxes or paper bags, a news release said. Plastic bags are not allowed.
Other paper items or recycling items will not be accepted. Staples, paper clips, spiral bindings, file folders without metal and envelope windows do not need to be removed.
The event is open only to residents, not businesses.
For more information, call 630-208-3841 or email [email protected].
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