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Calumet Sewage Ponds

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday-Calumet Sewage Ponds. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the region’s premier shorebird site. Combined trip with Chicago Ornithological Society. Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:15 a.m. Directions: From I-94, exit at 130th St. Go west 1/4 mile to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District sign. Turn right on the paved road and proceed to the guard house. Trip ends around 11 a.m. Limit: 25. Sign-up for this field trip is required. Registration forms will be available from Walter Marcisz, wmarcisz@att.net or 773-646-3034 or 312-206-9889 (cell). Completed form must be turned in by July 10. Send forms by snail mail to Walter Marcisz , 13416 S. Mackinaw Ave, Chicago, Il, 60633. Forms must include a copy of a government-issued photo ID. No cameras but scopes and binoculars OK.

Rollins Savanna

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This area is one of Lake County's hottest birding spots and is home to many nesters such as Least Bitterns, Sedge Wrens, Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows, and Bobolinks. There also may be early shorebirds. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Washington Road parking area. The trip will last 4 hours and water and sun protection are good ideas. Leader: Beau Schaefer

Plum Creek Forest Preserve

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Meet at 7:30am at the forest preserve parking lot on the east side of Burnham Rd., about 1 mile south of Sauk Trail. This is one of Josh's favorite summer birding spots.  We'll look especially for grassland and shrubland birds that are otherwise rare so close to Chicago--Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissel, Yellow-breasted Chat, and White-eyed Vireo all breed there. Leader: Josh Engel.

NEW TRIP! Weekend Getaway to the Mississippi

Friday, May 30, 2014

May 30, 31 and June 1, 2014-Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Weekend Getaway Trip to the Mississippi. Two nights lodging. RSVP by email & phone to Leader: David B Johnson, djohnsoda@comcast.net, 847-459-3989. Limit 12 participants. Lost Mound, Upper Mississippi River Valley NWR & Mississippi Palisades State Park, Miller's Landing & local areas around Savanna & Galena. Target species: Cerulean, Hooded, Kentucky and Yellow-throated Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Grasshopper, Lark and Henslow's Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird and Loggerhead Shrike and more.

Swallow Cliff Woods, Palos

Saturday, May 24, 2014

This half-day walk will target spring migrants including Hooded, Blue-winged, and Chestnut-sided warblers, Louisiana waterthrush, and Summer tanagers. Meet at 7 a.m. at McClaughry Springs on Kean Ave, The parking lot is one block south of Rte 83. Leader: John Elliott

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle

Sunday, May 18, 2014

We will be looking for migrating passerines at this park. Meet at 7:00 a.m. Park south of the Museum of Science and Industry after driving on the east side of the building. Leader: Dick Young.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spring Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University's Campus. This area is a stopover for migrants of all kinds heading north. Park on the lake side 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 Eleonora diLiscia.

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 16, 2014

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway. Leader: Wayne Svoboda

Perkins Woods. NEW TRIP!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014 – Thursday Look for warblers and other migrants. Meet at 7:30 at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Streets. Park along Ewing Avenue. Leader: Jason Weckstein.

The Grove, Glenview

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Expect warblers and other passerines. Meet at 8:00 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: Nancy Halliday

Illinois State Spring Bird Count

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Illinois State Spring Bird Count takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11. Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake Co. assignments (630-725-6660). Contact Alan Anderson for Cook Co. assignments (casresearch@comcast.net or 847-390-7437).

Spring Bird Count Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This area is a stopover for migrants of all kinds heading north. Park on the lake side 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. Leader: Wayne Svoboda

Illinois State Spring Bird Count May 10 and 11

Saturday, May 10, 2014

2nd day of Illinois State Spring Bird Count. Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake Co. assignments (630-725-6660). Contact Alan Anderson for Cook Co. assignments (casresearch@comcast.net or 847-390-7437).

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 9, 2014

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway. Leader: Lynne Carpenter.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spring Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University's campus. This area is a stopover for migrants of all kinds heading north. Park on the lake side 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 Jason Weckstein

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons. These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway. Leader: Lynne Carpenter.

American Golden Plovers and Smith's Longspurs

Sunday, April 27, 2014

NEW TRIP! American Golden Plovers and Smith’s Longspurs. Trip to nearest locations to find high breeding plumaged American Golden-Plovers and Smith's Longspurs. All day trip. Meeting time and location to be announced. Most likely we'll be birding Champaign and/or McLean counties. Limit 12 participants. RSVP to leader David B Johnson at djohnsoda@comcast.net or 224-567-9650.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spring Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University's Campus. This area is a stopover for migrants of all kinds heading north. Park on the lake side 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 Josh Engel

Central Illinois GETAWAY WEEKEND

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Champaign will be our base in central Illinois.  Target species include American golden-plover, Carolina chickadee, Smith's longspur, and early migrants.  Optional overnight stay in Champaign Saturday night.  Meeting place & time to be announced.  Reservations and $25 deposit required.  Limit 12 participants.  RSVP to leader:  David B. Johnson at djohnsoda@comcast.net or 224-567-9650.

PROGRAM: "Learning to Bird by Ear"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Recognizing and Identifying Birds by Their Vocalizations is an important part of enjoyable and successful birding. Geoff Williamson, recipient of the 2013 Ludlow Griscom Award from the American Birding Association, given for outstanding contributions to regional ornithology, will introduce us to “birding by ear.” Many experienced birders will say that 90% of their birding is done "by ear." Those conducting censuses and surveys find this skill especially important. But but even the casual bird watcher will find ear-birding skills quite useful. In many situations, such as forest and marshland birding, birding by ear is valuable in locating and identifying birds when they are difficult to see. This presentation describes basic concepts in bird vocalizations and provides organizing principles for learning to bird by ear. The talk also discusses the many resources available to the person looking to acquire or improve ear-birding skills. 7:30 pm at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston. Park in the Ladd Arboretum Parking lot between Bridge Street and Emerson/Golf Rds. The bridge is under construction and traffic is one way towards McCormick Blvd.

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