Weekly bird walks are held every Saturday

The Lakeland Audubon Society will have its monthly meeting online via Zoom from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. Jennifer Kuroda will present: Bobcat “The Native Cat.”

Bobcats, named for their short, bobbed tail, are about twice the size of a common house cat. They use their keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, squirrels, small rodents and some birds. Bobcats are mostly nocturnal, reclusive animals that prefer forested or wooded areas. Once hunted almost to extinction in the Midwest, bobcats have been making a comeback over the past 40 years.

Kuroda, founder of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation, will present this program, will cover every facet of the elusive cats, including history, biology, predator perception and management. She will also include information about the ongoing bobcat population study by Dr. Chris Jacques at Western Illinois University.

Registration is required by visiting lakelandaudubon.com, scrolling down to the event on the homepage and then following “Click here!” A link will be emailed after the registration form is submitted.

Bird walks at Big Foot

The Audubon Society also hosts a weekly bird walk from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at Big Foot Beach State Park, N1550 S. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Geneva.

The walk follows the park’s trails while on the lookout for birds and other wildlife. Meet in the main parking area to the right of the entrance station a little before 9 a.m. A state park sticker ($28 or $13 if age 65 or older) or daily pass ($8 or $3 if age 65 or older) is required to enter Big Foot Beach State Park.

For more information, visit lakelandaudubon.com or call 262-729-9702.

 
 

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