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FIELD TRIP: Air Station Prairie Woodcocks

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Come out to see the spectacular aerial displays of the American Woodcock at dusk! The Air Station Prairie in Glenview is a great location for these displays and we may even spot a woodcock on the ground. Meet on the deck of the interpretive center at 6:45 p.m. Leader: Jeff Sanders. 

FIELD TRIP: Looney Trip!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at east side of Diamond Lake. Consolidated carpooling from the Gale Street Restaurant parking lot, 935 Diamond Lake Rd. Mundelein. RSVP with leader David B. Johnson: djohnsoda@comcast.net. Space limited to 8-9 cars. Trip will end at approx. 2:30 p.m. Lunch at El Puerto, Fox Lake.

PROGRAM: Walter Marcisz and Nat Miller: “Doing it Secretively in the Marsh: How Monitoring of Breeding Marsh Birds is Inspiring Wetland Restoration in the Calumet Region.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wetland birds of the Calumet region have faced precipitous declines over the past 30 years. The conversion of rich marsh to open-water ponds or mono-cultures of invasive species has put secretive marsh species like Common Gallinule, Least Bittern and King Rail on the fast-track to extirpation. However, new and intensive monitoring and wetland restoration is setting the stage for an amazing comeback story. Nat Miller is the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Flyway Director of Conservation for National Audubon Society. Walter Marcisz, our popular speaker, has been a Chicago area birder for over 50 years. 

PROGRAM: John Bates: “What is a Species?”

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Species make up your life list, your year list and your field guides, but they are also key units of evolution and units of conservation and scientists do not always agree on what is and what is not a species (and sometimes they even flip flop).  John Bates, Associate Curator of Birds at the Field Museum will discuss the issues, challenges and value of defining species (or not) with examples from around the world.

FIELD TRIP: Jeff Sanders' Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore Lakefront

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The 49th Annual Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip. We’ll visit North Shore lakefront. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the end of Park Avenue in Glencoe, right at the lake, and we will proceed from there. Bring scopes and dress for cold lake wind. Leader: Jeff Sanders, yellowstart5@yahoo.com. 847-657-643  NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION.

PROGRAM: Terry Miesle: “Chasing the Rusty-patched Bumblebee.”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The rusty- patched bumblebee, Bombus affinis, has become the poster child for our dangerously declining wild native bees. Why it was chosen, how it became endangered, and what can be done about it are the topics of Terry Miesle's beautifully illustrated talk. Citizen Scientists can help by sending observations to reporting agencies, and Terry will provide information to help you identify and photograph these bees.  Terry has been formally monitoring insects, focusing on bees, at Fermilab Natural Areas since 2014 and has photographed numerous prairies throughout the Chicago region.  He's involved with the Native Bee Awareness Initiative and reports data to Beespotter and other data collection agencies.

FIELD TRIP: The Grove

Friday, October 12, 2018

Expect sparrows, late passerines including a few late warblers and other passerines, maybe a hawk or 2 if the winds are right. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at The Grove: east side of Milwaukee Ave., just south of Lake Ave., in the second parking lot that leads to the Interpretive Center.  Leader: Jeff Sanders.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Join us for our final walk of this migration season at 7:30 a.m. Look for warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at the corner of Grant and Ewing.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: Josh Engel and John Bates.

PROGRAM: Libby Hill and ENSBC Cuba Travelers: “Cuba Libre! Birding on the Caribbean's Biggest Island

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cuba is a land of beautiful landscapes, endemic birds, wonderful people, incredible cars, and constant music. Led by our own Josh Engel with a wonderful local guide, an ENSBC group traveled from the hills west of Havana to the barrier islands to the east and to the swamps in the country’s south. We covered a lot of ground and found nearly all of the endemic birds, including the spectacular Cuban Trogon, the remarkable Bee Hummingbird, and the rare Zapata Wren. Despite Cuba's being something of a "forbidden land" for Americans, we found the traveling to be easy, the people to be welcoming, and the birds to be fabulous. Libby returned to Cuba, birding her way with a different group to different locations.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: Josh Engel and John Bates.

FIELD TRIP: Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The NU campus has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed south in fall. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lot off of Sheridan Rd. and Clark St., north of Clark St. beach, at 8:30 a.m. Leaders: Libby Hill and Sarah Flax.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: Josh Engel and John Bates.

FIELD TRIP: Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The NU campus has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed south. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lot off of Sheridan Rd. and Clark St., north of Clark St. beach, at 8:30 a.m. Leaders: Libby Hill and Nancy Halliday. 

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: Josh Engel and John Bates.

Field Trip: Calumet Sewage Ponds

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Don't miss this opportunity to visit the region's premier shorebird site.  Combined trip with Chicago Ornithological Society.  Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:30 a.m. Trip ends at 11 a.m. Limit 25 people.

Advance signup-for this trip is required.  Registration forms are available from Walter Marcisz, wmarcisz@att.net or 773-646-3034 or 312-206-9889 (cell). Completed forms must be turned in by July 17.  Send forms by snail mail to Walter Marcisz, 13416 S. Mackinaw Ave., Chicago, IL 60633. 

No cameras but scopes and binoculars OK.  Directions will be provided by Walter Marcisz.

Plum Creek Forest Preserve, 5th Annual Trip

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the forest reserve parking lot on the east side of Burnham Rd., about 1 mile south of Sauk Trail.  Leader.  Josh Engel.  Limit of 10, RSVP to Josh at jengel5230@yahoo.com.

FIELD TRIP: Gillson Park

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Gillson Park, Wilmette. Bird Walks in Gillson Park are sponsored by our partners Go Green Wilmette. Meet at 8 a.m. at the top of the Wallace Bowl amphitheater. Street parking. For more information, contact kglennemeier@gmail.com.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Look for warblers and other migrants (and also a great display of spring wildflowers.).  Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Streets.  Park along Ewing Avenue.  Leaders: John Bates and Josh Engel

FIELD TRIP: Willow Slough and Kankakee Sands, Indiana

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Willow Slough and Kankakee Sands.  Near Morocco, Indiana, this 8,000-acre prairie and wetland restoration was originally part of the 500,000-acre Grand Marsh of the Kankakee River.  The site is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, which describes it as a “birders paradise” with over 200 species recorded since restoration began in 2001. Last year we spotted 62 different species on the trip.The destination is a two-hour drive from Evanston and carpooling is recommended and may be arranged through the trip leader. Details TBA.  RSVP to Leader: Mark Vaughan, markvaughan60201@gmail.com    

 

 

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