WBEZ | migration http://www.wbez.org/tags/migration Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A lakefront landing strip for migrating birds http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/lakefront-landing-strip-migrating-birds-106429 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Burnham%20Wildlife%20Corridor%20Map_2.jpg" style="width: 610px;" title="(Courtesy Chicago Park District)" /></p><p>They may have evolved to make the trip, but migratory birds are still tired after flying for thousands of miles. As a major stopover for roughly 300 species of birds, Chicago&rsquo;s lakeshore can be a good place to rest.</p><p>Building off similar work east along the waterfront, the Chicago Park District will restore native habitat for migratory songbirds along a 2.2 mile strip of land sandwiched by railroad tracks and Lake Shore Drive between 31st and 47th Streets.</p><p>The Park District is calling the 103-acre parcel the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. It includes land east of Lake Shore Drive, where restoration is already underway.</p><p>Shirlee and Douglas Hoffman, both retirees, live on 32<sup>nd</sup>&nbsp;Street, just steps from the proposed site.&nbsp;The Hoffmans said they have seen more kestrels, hawks and warblers than ever before since work began on the corridor several years ago.</p><p>&ldquo;We can really notice the difference so far,&rdquo; Shirlee Hoffman said. &ldquo;And we&rsquo;re hoping that this will continue that work.&rdquo;</p><p>Most of the new 41.5-acre stretch will be woodland, seeded with oak species <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-02/reuniting-nature-nations-backyards-105473">known for fostering hundreds of species of caterpillars</a> &mdash;&nbsp;a key component of migrating songbirds&rsquo; diet. In August, Park District officials hope to organize a massive volunteer event to plant 125,000 trees in one day.</p><p>Before then the Park District will have to clear out invasive buckthorn and cottonwood that has taken over this narrow outpost. Years of runoff from the neighboring highway and railroad tracks have only worsened an already lackluster soil profile. But oaks are hardy, park officials said, and should take root once restoration work clears the way.</p><p>This isn&rsquo;t a restoration project per se &mdash; <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/question-answered-how-has-chicago%E2%80%99s-coastline-changed-over-decades-104328">the land originally came from lake fill</a>, so it&rsquo;s more accurate to look at the Burnham Corridor as habitat enhancement. If it is successfully rehabilitated, this skinny strip of neglected land could become a welcome layover for the more than five million birds that pass through Chicago each migratory season.</p><p>&ldquo;Even though it might not be a fully thriving ecosystem,&rdquo; said Mike Redmer with the U.S. Fish &amp; Wildlife Service, &ldquo;it&rsquo;s providing a place for them to crash. Anything you can give these migrating birds along the lakefront is going to help.&rdquo;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/71YVxFOU6s8" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/lakefront-landing-strip-migrating-birds-106429 Worldview 9.2.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-9211 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-september/2011-09-01/front-page.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every year, thousands of young people from sub-Saharan Africa embark on a perilous journey to Europe, in hopes of making a better life. Many wind up jobless or in refugee camps. In the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/index.shtml" target="_blank">BBC World Service</a> documentary <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2009/09/090921_desperate_dreams_part_1.shtml" target="_blank"><em>Desperate Dreams</em></a>, Jenny Cuffe finds out what happens to one migrant who set off across the Sahara for Spain -- and another who worked as a prostitute in Libya.</p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-9211 Worldview 8.16.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-81611 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-august/2011-08-16/hama-nightly-demonstration-2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After nearly five months of unrest and violence, it’s still unclear whether President Bashar al-Assad and his Baathist regime will survive or fall. So far, human rights groups estimate that 1,700 people have died. The United Nations Security Council recently amped up their criticism of the regime, which finds itself increasingly isolated from its Arab neighbors. Syrian and long-time U.S. resident <a href="http://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/odahi.htm" target="_blank">Omar Dahi</a>, an economics professor at Hampshire College, just returned from Syria. He gives us a sense of the mood on the ground and whether Syrians will continue to risk their lives for democratic reforms. Later in the hour, WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/odette-yousef">Odette Yousef</a> explores why more and more refugees are bypassing Chicago for the suburbs.</p></p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-81611 China's exploding population spurs world’s largest water diversion project and lots of questions marks http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-14/chinas-exploding-population-spurs-world%E2%80%99s-largest-water-diversion-projec <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-14/china_motorcycle.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As the population of northern China explodes, it needs more water than the land can provide. To bring water to its thirsty cities, the government has embarked on the world’s most expensive and largest engineering feat: the South-North Water Diversion Project. We talk to <a href="http://www.humanities.uci.edu/history/faculty_profile_pomeranz.php" target="_blank">Kenneth Pomeranz</a>, professor of history at UC-Irvine and author of several books, including <em>The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy</em>. He says that while the project is rife with problems, will likely displace millions and might not work, it’s nonetheless necessary for China’s future.</p><p><em>Tune in to All Things Considered tonight (7/14) for the latest installment of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter">Front and Center</a> – WBEZ’s special series examining critical issues in the Great Lakes region as Shannon Heffernan and Heather Radke <a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-07-14/who-owns-fish-how-tribal-rights-could-save-great-lakes-89135">report</a> on how tribal fishing rights may be the most powerful legal argument for protecting Great Lakes eco-systems. </em></p></p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-14/chinas-exploding-population-spurs-world%E2%80%99s-largest-water-diversion-projec