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Chicago Field Office A Stakeholder in Master Plan for Important Bird Area
Midwest Region, February 6, 2014
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Becca Cerf (Conservation Design Forum, right of center, leads citizens through an opportunity to provide input on the future of Montrose Point, February 3, 2014.  This was part of Chicago Park District's the process for habitat master planning at this important bird area.
Becca Cerf (Conservation Design Forum, right of center, leads citizens through an opportunity to provide input on the future of Montrose Point, February 3, 2014. This was part of Chicago Park District's the process for habitat master planning at this important bird area. - Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy Naureen Rana, Chicago Park District
Becca Cerf (Conservation Design Forum, left of map) assists a citizen in marking up a map during an opportunity to provide input on the future of Montrose Point, February 3, 2014.
Becca Cerf (Conservation Design Forum, left of map) assists a citizen in marking up a map during an opportunity to provide input on the future of Montrose Point, February 3, 2014. - Photo Credit: Photo Courtest Naureen Rana, Chicago Park District.

The Service's Chicago Illinois Field Office is funding and participating as a stakeholder in a master planning effort for one of Illinois' most popular birding locations.

For more than 30 years, Montrose Point, located along the Lake Michigan shoreline on the north side of Chicago, has been known to birders for its importance as a stopover for thousands of migratory birds. Following the decommissioning and removal of a former NIKE missile base in the late 1960s, the area was obtained by the Chicago Park District and allowed to remain as undeveloped green space. As vegetation filled in the grounds of Montrose Point, it began to attract large numbers of migratory songbirds that either pass along the western shoreline of Lake Michigan, or cross over the lake. A portion of Montrose Point called the "Magic Hedge" is known for sightings of rare and uncommon migrants.

The Chicago Park District and their dedicated volunteers have been converting formerly manicured grounds at Montrose Point to natural habitat. In 2013, the Chicago Park District assembled a multi-stakeholder advisory group to help with a master planning effort to improve Montrose Point. Stakeholders include the site volunteer stewards, Audubon Chicago Region, Friends of the Parks, the Field Museum of Natural History and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A key goal of the stakeholder group is to ensure that improvements will continue to maintain the important bird habitat, including removal of invasive species and replacement with suitable native species.

As the effort nears completion, public meetings are being hosted by the Chicago Park District to ensure that concerned citizens have opportunities to provide input on the plan and its eventual implementation. The first of these was held on February 3, 2014, and was attended by more than 50 people.


Contact Info: Michael Redmer, 847-381-2253, Mike_Redmer@fws.gov



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