Schedule and location
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cudahy Room, Administration Building
Fees and Registration
Hear two ornithologists debate each other about which bird should become the new democratically elected state bird of Illinois. The current state bird of Illinois is the northern cardinal, and while this bird is native to our state, there is nothing particularly Illinois-ish about it. So despite there being no interest by our legislators in changing it, we are bringing together two experts to debate who THEY think the new state bird should be.
This debate will serve as a means of seeing the state through an actual bird's eye lens, and learning about what the birds who call this state home need for habitat and protection. There will also be a representative from the incumbent cardinal campaign and at the end, the audience will vote on who they think the new state bird should be (write-ins encouraged).
Doug Stotz (The Field Museum), Stephanie Beilke (Audubon Great Lakes), Moderated by Robb Telfer (The Morton Arboretum)
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 50