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This Week in Birding is a newsletter that gives you everything you need to know about birding. It’s written by me, Bob Dolgan, writer, filmmaker, consultant, Founder of Turnstone Strategies, Director of “Monty and Rose,” a film about Piping Plovers, past Board Member of Chicago Ornithological Society and an official Ambassador for the American Bird Conservancy. I received the 2022 Excellence in Environmental Reporting Award from Chicago Audubon Society.

By subscribing, you become part of a community that supports environmental reporting and where making films like “Monty and Rose” is possible. Since launching in November 2020, This Week in Birding has provided original posts and videos that dig deeper into birding than any publication in Chicago. Posts include frequent species accounts, travelog-style reflections, backyard birding experiences, and more. The newsletter has covered the expansion of habitat at Montrose Beach Dunes and the overhaul of Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, the proposed all-glass Carvana tower in Skokie, and the threat to Bell Bowl Prairie in Rockford. The short documentary “Dodger,” released in January 2021, is a production of Turnstone Strategies and This Week in Birding, as is the Monty and Rose sequel, released in September 2021. Our newest project is “The Magic Stump,” a documentary short that released in Fall 2022.

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Bob Dolgan 

I am passionate about telling the stories of birds in Chicago and making more people aware of them.

Bill Davison

I’m Bill Davison, an award-winning wildlife photographer, biologist, farmer, and agroforester, on a joyful journey to share my love of nature with others.

Kelly Ball

A decade ago, Kelly Ball had an epiphany and realized she didn’t have to wait until retirement to become a birder. Most recently, she worked at Bird Watcher’s Digest. Currently Kelly is searching for unique ways to support conservation projects.

Andrew Morkes

Andy Morkes is the author of Nature in Chicagoland: More Than 120 Fantastic Nature Destinations That You Must Visit & the Nature in Chicagoland blog.Articles about his work have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Daily Southtown.

Emily Torem

Emily Torem is a nature, sustainability, and climate change writer living in Chicago, IL.

Brian "Fox" Ellis

Brian “Fox” Ellis, is an author and storyteller who portrays John James Audubon. He and his wife run a B & B in Bishop Hill, The Twinflower Inn.

Isoo O'Brien

Isoo O'Brien is an Evanston native and student at Kenyon College. An avid birder since age 9, Isoo leads field trips for local organizations and currently holds Cook County's big year record at 288 species.

Jarod Hitchings

Greetings! I am from the Springfield Illinois area and was able to channel, a childhood interest in birds, into a present day family shared nature experience. We hope to birdwatch in every Illinois county.