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This Week in Birding is a newsletter that gives you everything you need to know about birding in Chicago. 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.

By subscribing, you become part of a community 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 is slated to release in 2022.

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“Bob has been a galvanizing force on the piping plover project—making a film, catalyzing the Governor’s proclamation of Piping Plover Day, and building on the momentum that was created with the endangered piping plovers nesting and successfully fledging chicks at Montrose.” -a This Week in Birding subscriber

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