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Montrose Point and Chicago-area sod farms

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Reservations with the leader required. Start at Montrose to look for shorebirds and then bird on a sea of grass at local sod farms! Target birds: buff-breasted sandpiper, American golden-plover, and other “grasspipers.” Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Magic Hedge entrance sign along Montrose Harbor Dr. From Lakeshore Dr. take Montrose Ave. east to Montrose Harbor Dr. Turn right (east) and park along the bend in the road. Leaders: David B. Johnson,

Lake Calumet Sewage Ponds

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday - Don't miss this rare opportunity to visit the region's premier shorebird site. Late July should be an excellent time to see many migrants. Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:15 a.m. Trip ends around 11 a.m. Leader: Joel Greenberg. Limit: 20. Sign-up for this field trip is required. Registration forms and information are available through Libby Hill, 847-475-2096 or libbyhill@comcast.net Completed forms must be turned in by June 10 by snail mail.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Saturday, June 20, 2009

June 20, 2009 - Saturday Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. LIMITED TRIP, OPEN ONLY to the first 15 to sign up. Bird one the best places in the Chicago area to see upland sandpipers. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Midewin Welcome Center located at 30239 South State Rt. 53 in Wilmington, IL to organize a car pool into Midewin at 8:00 a.m. with an interpretive naturalist. Trip will last approximately 2.5 hours. Dress appropriately for ticks and weather. More info (and directions) at: http://www.fs.fed.us/mntp/visiting/tours.htm. RSVP to Jeanette Jaskula, 847-869-4671 or jmjaskula@yahoo.com.

Volo Bog: NEW TRIP

Saturday, May 30, 2009

“The Other Side of the Road” at Volo Bog. Bird the less-traveled trails west of Brandenburg Rd. at this beautiful state natural area. Expect about a 2.5 mile hike (about 3 hours) through old fields, woodlands, prairie, and bogs. Target birds include flycatchers, bluebirds, and late migrants. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the parking lot at the Visitor Center on Brandenburg Rd., west of Rt. 12. Bring along water and bug repellent. After the hike, participants can visit the Visitor Center and bird additional trails. Leader: Margo Milde.

Canoe the Channel NEW TRIP!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

LIMITED TRIP, OPEN ONLY to the first 8 to sign up. Canoe (or kayak) the North Shore Channel with local birder, Matthew Cvetas. Participants can launch their own canoe or rent one at Chicago River Canoe and Kayak. Rental rates are $15/hour for canoes/single kayaks or $20/hour for tandem kayaks. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Chicago River Canoe and Kayak at 3220 Oakton St. (just east of McCormick Blvd.). Participants can canoe for 2 hours with Matthew or have the option to leave earlier. Participants are required to sign a waiver before canoeing. Reservations with the leader required. Leader: Matthew Cvetas, mcvetas@comcast.net.

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 22, 2009

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration and what a spectacle these little jewels will be – dressed in spring plumage and singing away! Meet at 8:00 a.m. on Friday in the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd just east of Edens Expressway. Leader may decide to carpool to nearby location, so stay in the parking lot area. Leaders: Ray Pershing and Eleonora diLiscia.

Birding at The Grove, Glenview.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

LIMITED TRIP, OPEN ONLY to the first 15 to sign up. Expect later warblers, vireos, thrushes, and tanagers. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Grove east side of Milwaukee Ave, just south of Lake Ave. Contact leader to make reservations. Leader: Lynne Carpenter, 312-787-0093.

“The Evanston Express (and Skokie Swift)” Emily Oaks Nature Center NEW TRIP!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

5:30 P.M. Third in a series of trips for when you don’t have much time and can’t go far from home, not to mention the price of gas. Each trip starts at a different location and the leader may choose to go to more than one park. May 19: Emily Oaks Nature Center (Skokie): Meet in the parking lot. Turn north on Knox(east of Skokie Blvd.) and make a left at the T intersection to the Emily Oaks parking lot. Leader: Eleonora diLiscia.

Montrose Point

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday Montrose Point.  Experience spring migration at this famous location. Reservations required. To reserve your spot, contact David B. Johnson at djohnsoda@comcast.net or 847-459-3989. Meet at 5:00 a.m. at the Magic Hedge entrance sign along Montrose Harbor Dr. From Lakeshore Dr. take Montrose Ave. east to Montrose Harbor Dr. Turn right (east) and park along the bend in the road. Leader: David B. Johnson.

Gompers Park and LaBagh Woods.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Enjoy warblers and other migrating species. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at parking lot on Keeler Ave. just south of Foster (Keeler is one-way going north). Leader: Eleonora diLiscia.

Spring Saturday mornings at Northwestern University's Lakefill

Saturday, May 16, 2009

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: Sue Robert and Libby Hill.

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 15, 2009

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration and what a spectacle these little jewels will be – dressed in spring plumage and singing away! Meet at 8:00 a.m. on Friday in the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd just east of Edens Expressway. Leader may decide to carpool to nearby location, so stay in the parking lot area. Leader: Brian Herriott

“The Evanston Express (and Skokie Swift)” Harbert Park NEW TRIP!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

5:30 P.M. Second in a series of trips for when you don’t have much time and can’t go far from home, not to mention the price of gas. Each trip starts at a different location and the leader may choose to go to more than one park. May 12: Harbert Park: The parking lot is east of the North Shore Channel on McDaniel between Main and Dempster. Leader: Eleonora diLiscia.

Spring Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University's Lakefill

Saturday, May 9, 2009

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: Sue Robert and Libby Hill.

Illinois State Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake Co. assignments (630-725-6660). Contact Alan Anderson for Cook Co. assignments (casresearch@comcast.net or 847-390-7437).

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons.

Friday, May 8, 2009

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration and what a spectacle these little jewels will be – dressed in spring plumage and singing away! Meet at 8:00 a.m. on Friday in the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow R. just east of Edens Expressway. Leader may decide to carpool to nearby location, so stay in the parking lot area. Leader: Lynne Carpenter

Foley Pond NEW TRIP!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tucked between the 1st and 2nd holes of the Sunset Valley Golf Course, Foley Pond is encircled by a woodland path and is a good rest stop for migrants. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at approximately 1268 McDaniels Ave. in Highland Park. From Green Bay Rd., turn left on Bob-O-Link Rd. and then left on McDaniels. A sign for Foley Pond is about 100 feet on the right. Park on the street. Trip will last about an hour. Leader: Donnie Dann.

“The Evanston Express (and Skokie Swift)” James Park NEW TRIP!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

5:30 P.M. First in a series of trips for when you don’t have much time and can’t go far from home, not to mention the price of gas. Each trip starts at a different location and the leader may choose to go to more than one park. May 5: James Park: The entrance to James Park is at the intersection of Dodge and Mulford. Park in the Levy Center parking lot at the end of Mulford. Leader: Eleonora diLiscia.

Spring Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University's Lakefill

Saturday, May 2, 2009

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: Sue Robert and Ray Pershing.

“Volo Bog: A Boreal Oasis”: Stacy Iwanicki

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Stacy Iwanicki has been naturalist at the Volo Bog State Natural Area for quite a while now and knows the bog as well as anybody. Many of us have visited this intriguing site, but Stacy will illuminate the avian, botanical, and other biological wonders of this northern relict, the only open water bog in the entire state of Illinois. This program is a must for those planning to go on the bird club’s May 30 field trip to the bog. And for those not planning on going along, this talk may well inspire you to change your mind.

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