Message From the President

Hello Members and Friends of SBBO,
In all the 25 years I have volunteered with SBBO, I can’t remember the station being closed to the public for this length of time. It’s unprecedented. Unfortunately, there is no certainly in how things will go with the virus this coming fall season. Currently things are looking somewhat grim. COVID-19 is on the rise in the South and Southwest and although Illinois is making progress, positive cases are again rising in neighboring Wisconsin. Sadly, for the safety of volunteers and visitors alike, we may have to continue to remain closed. SBBO wants you to know that we appreciate your continued support and good will. Stay with us. Eventually, this too will pass.
In the meantime, I recommend for those not already having done so, get out and enjoy nature. It will sooth your soul and revitalize your strength. I myself, will continue to be amused by the antics of a feisty pair of House Wrens that have chosen my yard to raise a second brood.
Sincerely and thank you,
Ivy Otto
President, SBBO


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