Monday, October 27, 2014

282 Acres Along Lake Calumet Opens To the Public

Great news!!! 282 acres at Lake Calumet will be open to the public as part of the Millennium Reserve projects in the community!

After years of collaborating with other organizations to gain public access to Lake Calumet, the effort has come to fruition.  Now, people other than golfers, will be able to enjoy a view of Lake Calumet not seen from other vantage points.   There also plans to do shoreline restoration work and add water activities.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Deep Tunnel Tour Almost Washed Out!

The rain came down hard and long the morning of our Deep Tunnel Tour.  We were afraid we would have to cancel.  As expected, it did impact our tour.  Our coach bus was not allowed to drive down into the quarry because of the steep, wet incline of the road.   Our tourists had to be satisfied with seeing and listening from the observation deck 400 feet above the quarry.

We were almost barred from the Deep Tunnel itself because it had to be on standby because of the rain.  But thanks to the persistence of  SETF's Tom Shepherd, the engineers allowed the group to go down deep within the rock layers to see the pumping station and learn about the project.

We thank MWRD for accommodating our request for the tour and for making their knowledgeable staff available to us.






Monday, May 5, 2014

2014 Bird Tour

What a great day Saturday was for the bird tour that the Southeast Environmental Task Force sponsored. Perfect weather, great sightings!

Thank you to Walter Marcisz, local bird expert, for leading the group.
The amazing results of our day were logged below by Walter.

And YES!!!.....we did observe a bald eagle, who posed high in a tree before he treated us to a show by soaring overhead and circling above us for some time.
(from Walter Marcisz)
We had a total of 52 bird species at Eggers Grove (our complete Eggers list is pasted at the end of this message). After Eggers, we added a few more species: 1 Illinois Endangered LITTLE BLUE HERON at 126th St. Marsh; 1 NORTHERN HARRIER & 2 RUDDY DUCKS at Harborside Golf Course; and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS at the Stony Island landfills between 116th & 122nd Streets.

Therefore our total for the day was 56 species in all. Seventeen of these species were migrants which will continue north and breed to the north of us in the northern USA or Canada. The remaining species will stay for the summer (or year-round, in some cases).

Eggers Grove Forest Preserve (Chicago), Cook, US-IL
May 3, 2014 8:55 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: "Not for Birders Only" Brown Bag Eco-Tour sponsored by Southeast Environmental Task Force.
52 species

Canada Goose 13 (total includes 1 adult incubating on nest)
Mallard 3
Blue-winged Teal 4
Northern Shoveler 3
Ring-necked Duck 3
Double-crested Cormorant 13 (flyovers)
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
Great Egret 1 (flyover)
Green Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1 (1 juvenile/1st-year bird being mobbed by crows)
American Coot 24
Solitary Sandpiper 6
Ring-billed Gull 20 (flyovers)
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 (flyover)
Chimney Swift 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1

Thursday, April 24, 2014

March Against Petcoke

Back in November, our Mayor promised to run petcoke and coal out of town. It's apparent that the only thing tough about our Mayor was his words.  Neither the recently proposed Petcoke Ordinance nor the new City Regulations will rid the southeast side of this blight. 

On April 26th, we will bring people together to march to call attention to our elected officials lack of concern for their constituents, and  BP and Koch Industries' concern for profit over people. 

Please join us on:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Intersection of Stateline and 106th Street , Chicago
10:30 am start time

Wear your comfortable shoes and breathing masks.

For more information, call SETF at 773-646-0436