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Dozens of birds -- both dead and alive -- and piles of garbage were found inside a home in the 200 block of Shadybook Lane in Aurora on Oct. 19, 2012. The home has been deemed uninhabitable. (Credit: CBS)

Aurora Bird Hoarder Pleads Guilty, Gets One Year Of Probation

David Skeberdis pleaded guilty to one count each of cruel treatment to animals, violation of animal owner’s duties, and companion animal hoarding.

11/18/2013

The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Migrating Birds Causing Trouble For Airplanes

Two times in three days birds have forced the emergency landing of an American Airlines jet at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Pilots say this time of year, in particular, is the most risky for bird strikes.

10/08/2013

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

Congressman Quigley’s Bill Would Require New Federal Buildings To Be Bird Friendly

Chicago Congressman Michael Quigley hopes to prevent millions of bird deaths annually with legislation he’s just introduced in Washington, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

05/21/2013

A seagull. (Credit: Getty)

Birders Make Annual Christmas Count Along Lakefront

Birders tallied more than 50 species of birds yesterday.

12/26/2012

Homeowner David Skebedis displays one of his birds, a conure. (Credit: Suzanne LeMignot/CBS 2)

Aurora Hoarder Still Has Birds Inside Home

An Aurora man found with hundreds of birds in his home still has birds in his home, it was revealed in court on Tuesday.

12/04/2012

These two beauties are among hundreds of rescued birds that can be adopted beginning Dec. 4. (CBS)

Birds Rescued From Hoarder’s Home Ready For Adoption

The Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club is putting all of the birds up for adoption beginning Tuesday Dec. 4. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

11/30/2012

Rare Sight: Unusual Birds Spotted In Suburban Yards

A birdwatcher with 30 years behind the binoculars says birders are seeing incredible numbers of seldom seen birds in suburban back yards.

11/28/2012

These birds are among the more than 350 rescued from the home of a hoarder in Aurora. The birds are being cared for at a Villa Park storefront by volunteers from the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio)

Bird Club Caring For Hundreds Of Birds Rescued From Aurora Hoarder’s House

Hundreds of birds that had been flying free in a trash-strewn townhome in Aurora were in a new home on Saturday.

WBBM Newsradio–10/27/2012

Crews in hazmat suits clear the Aurora townhome of an owner who kept more than 300 live birds. Dozens more birds -- dead -- were also found. (CBS)

Aurora Removes 325 Live Birds, 125 Dead Birds From Hoarder’s Home

Contract workers hired by the city of Aurora removed nearly more than 300 birds from the home of a hoarder in Aurora, after he failed to remove them by a Friday morning deadline.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2012

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‘Soaring Echoes’ Audio Sculpture Brings Bird Sounds To Millennium Park

It sounded like Big Bird had found a big home on the Millennium Park Lawn this week.

WBBM Newsradio–10/25/2012

David Skeberdis, 57, checks a cage of birds he removed from his house in Aurora. Officials estimated there are 300 birds inside his home, which has been declared a nuisance due to high mold levels from the bird feces and piles of trash inside. (Credit: CBS)

Clock Ticking For Hoarder To Remove Birds From Home Before City Does It For Him

An Aurora homeowner has been working all night, racing the clock to clean up his home, after local officials declared it a nuisance because of the huge mess inside, when they found as many as 300 birds flying around inside the home.

10/25/2012

Homeowner David Skebedis displays one of his birds, a conure. (Credit: Suzanne LeMignot/CBS 2)

Aurora Gets Court Order To Clean Up Bird Hoarder’s House

A Kane County judge has authorized the city of Aurora to enter a enter the home of a hoarder who has about 300 birds flying inside his house, after he earlier blocked crews from cleaning up the mess inside.

10/24/2012

Dozens of birds -- both dead and alive -- and piles of garbage were found inside a home in the 200 block of Shadybook Lane in Aurora on Oct. 19, 2012. The home has been deemed uninhabitable. (Credit: CBS)

Aurora Bird Hoarder: ‘I Was Obsessed’

Outside of his west suburban Aurora townhome Monday, Dave Skeberdis admitted right away: “I am a hoarder.”

10/23/2012

Dozens of birds -- both dead and alive -- and piles of garbage were found inside a home in the 200 block of Shadybook Lane in Aurora on Oct. 19, 2012. The home has been deemed uninhabitable. (Credit: CBS)

Dozens Of Birds, Mounds Of Filth Found In Aurora Home

A disturbing discovery of dead birds by a house painter prompted authorities to investigate a case of animal hoarding in Aurora.

10/19/2012

North Avenue beach at sunrise. (Credit: Natalie Cheng/CBS Chicago)

Lifeguards Gather To Remember North Avenue Beach ‘Bird Lady’

Several generations of Chicago lifeguards gathered along the lakefront yesterday to remember “the Bird Lady of North Avenue Beach.”

07/16/2012

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Guide To Lincoln Park Zoo

As if a stroll through Lincoln Park on a fine day weren’t enough to convince Chicagoans that city summers are a more than adequate payback for the preceding winter, there are innumerable jewels nestled within the landscape to ensure that great things await you at every turn. Peaceful gardens and ponds, historic buildings and statues, playlots and paths abound, and in the middle of it all is a world-class (and free!) zoo…

05/16/2012

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Pick-A-Side: Which Is Your Favorite Thing About Spring?

03/19/2012

Birdwatching

Christmas Bird Counts Described As Best Ever

The Christmas Day bird count on Chicago’s lakefront for this year, and the North Shore count on Monday, are being described as two of the best ever.

WBBM Newsradio–12/27/2011

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors

Collision Monitors Comb Loop To Rescue Migratory Birds

This is the season for a hardy band of volunteers who wander the dark streets of the Loop, trying to save migrating birds who’ve smacked into buildings.

WBBM Newsradio–09/14/2011

Nearly two dozen dead geese, such as this one, have been found at McKinley Park and nearby McGuane Park on the Southwest Side between Aug. 15 and Aug. 17, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Officials: Waterfowl In Chicago Parks Died Of Avian Botulism

The waterfowl that have recently died en masse at the Park District’s McKinley Park, and elsewhere in the Chicago area, were suffering from avian botulism.

CBS Chicago–08/30/2011

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