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PROGRAM: South Africa

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

South Africa has a well-deserved reputation as a fantastic vacation destination for those who want beautiful landscapes, world-class food and wine, excellent infrastructure, and lots of charismatic megafauna. When you throw in 70 or so endemic birds, it becomes a fantastic birding destination, too. Josh Engel, who spent over three years based in Cape Town working as a birding and safari guide, will take us on a virtual tour of South Africa. We will start in the rugged and endemic-filled Western Cape tucked in the southwest corner of the country, crossing the beautiful, rolling grasslands of the highveld, all the way to the mammal-laden bushveld of Kruger National Park in the northeast. A lavishly illustrated slideshow will highlight the birds, animals, and landscapes of South Africa, with a focus on the recently-completed ENSBC tour.

PROGRAM: Dragonflies & Damselflies of Chicagoland:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A macro-photographic journey through the Life History of Odonates. The order Odonata dates back over 325 million years to a time when dragonflies with two and a half foot wingspans filled the air. Today these successful aquatic insects represent a diverse group of animals with a complex life cycle. The 100 plus species known for Chicagoland act as good wetland indicators but are also just plain fascinating to observe. Many a birder's gaze has been led astray by the aeronautical dexterity and stunning color patterns of these winged predators. Marla Garrison, Biology Facutly member at McHenry County College and author of Damselflies of Chicagoland: A Photo Field Guide (published online by the Field Museum of Natural History), offers an image intensive, up close and personal, presentation of this intriguing, and visually splendid, group of insects.

PROGRAM: Studying Birds in Africa's Albertine Rift

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

This presentation will highlight the challenges and successes of the field Museum's Bird Division. The current Field Museum collaborations in the highlands of the Albertine Rift--a lush, densely populated region that extends from southern Sudan to northeast Zambia and includes some of the world's largest lakes--go back more than twenty years and have included fieldwork in Uganda, Rwanda, Congo, and Burundi. The region's forests are best known for their populations of gorillas and chimpanzees, but they also contain more than forty species of birds that are found nowhere else in the world. Field Museum curator John Bates will share his recent field experiences in eastern Congo, which includes finding a bird that hadn't been seen in nearly fifty years and having to flee the forest because of rebel activity.

Northwestern University Campus.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

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: Sue Robert and Libby Hill

PROGRAM: Birds of Jo Davies County

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Rick Remington will share photos of the diverse bird populations that inhabit this amazing area tucked into NW Illinois. This beautiful land untouched by glaciers in the last ice age, borders 3 different states including Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. The big avian attraction here is the mighty Mississippi River which is largely responsible for the many different species migrating through the area each year. Rick will share photos of birds from all seasons with a primary focus on Bald Eagles, White Pelicans and Trumpeter Swans. He will share his favorite locations based on countless hours of exploring the area with his wife Jennifer. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about this incredible resource located just 2.5 hours from the city of Chicago!

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday Northwestern University Campus. 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: Sue Robert and Wayne Svoboda. . 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: Sue Robert and Wayne Svoboda.

NEW: Weekend Getaway Trip: Central Illinois River Valley Shorebird trip: August 24-26

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday travel date, Saturday and Sunday trip dates Central Illinois River Valley Shorebird trip: Emiquon, Globe tract, Thompson Lake, Chautauqua NWR, and elsewhere near Havana, IL. Trip departs Saturday morning 6:00 a.m. from McLean, just south of Bloomington, Illinois off I-55 at 6:00 a.m. Our base will be McLean, Illinois near the Dixie Truck stop. Recommended Friday and Saturday overnight stays at Super 8 Motel. Approx. cost $80-100. including lodging based on double occupancy. Breakfast and lunch included, dinners on your own. Target species: shorebirds inc. Red-necked Phalarope, Black-necked Stilt, avocet and others--hopefully we'll tally 20 species of shorebirds, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, and other migrants. Some moderate walking involved. Limit 15 participants. We'll be carpooling and driving to shorebird locations. If you've never seen the Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Nature Preserve--this trip is for you! Reservations required by contacting leader: David B. Johnson, 224-567-9650 or by email at djohnsoda@comcast.net.

Swallow Cliff Woods, Palos

Sunday, June 10, 2012

This half-day walk will target summer specialties such as Hooded, Blue-winged, and Chestnut-sided Warblers in addition to Acadian Flycatchers, White-eyed Vireos, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Summer Tanagers. The entrance is on LaGrange Rd. (Route 45) south of the intersection of LaGrange and Route 83. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the first parking lot as you enter the park. Leader: Amar Ayyash.

Illinois Beach State Park Whip-poor-wills NEW TRIP!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saturday. This unique trip will allow you a great chance to see Whip-poor-wills, a bird in serious decline, after hours in the South Unit of the State Park. Meet at 7:00 pm at the Nature Center parking lot to bird the area for local nesters prior to looking for the Whip-poor-wills. The Nature Center entrance is just west of the Illinois Beach Resort in the South Unit. Leader: Sulli Gibson and Joel Greenberg.

SOUTHERN MANITOBA & CHURCHILL, CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

JUNE 5 - 18, 2012, SOUTHERN MANITOBA & CHURCHILL, JUNE 11 - 17, 2012, CHURCHILL-ONLY OPTION Tentative ENSBC & Kim Eckert MBW 2012 itinerary*.... June 5 meet in Winnipeg for those doing full tour June 6-7 SW Manitoba, nights in Brandon June 8-9 Riding Mountain, nights in Wasagaming June 10 drive to Thompson June 11 meet Churchill-only people in Thompson, afternoon/overnight train to Churchill June 12-13-14-15 Churchill June 16 last day in Churchill, overnight/morning train to Thompson June 17 Churchill-only trip ends in Thompson in afternoon June 18 return drive to Winnipeg for those doing full tour * Dependent on the Canadian Railway schedule which comes out in November 2011, but probably will be a similar schedule… Estimated cost of the entire 2010 tour is $1905 double-occupancy, $2545 single. The cost of Churchill-only is estimated at $1350 double-occupancy, $1759 single. Not included is food or your transportation to/from Winnipeg (or Thompson if Churchill-only). The more people that attend, the lower the overall cost will be. $100 deposit required. Call or email Leader David B. Johnson ENSBC co-leader at 224-567-9650,djohnsoda@comcast.net for more details.

Ryerson Woods

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Check out the spring migrants and returning breeders at this beautiful Lake County forest preserve. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Brushwood parking lot. Ryerson Woods is on Riverwoods Rd, northwest of Deerfield. Leader: Gary Hantsbarger

Emily Oaks Nature Center (Skokie)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday. Meet at Emily Oaks Nature Center (Skokie) at 5:30 p.m. 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: Sulli Gibson

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle

Sunday, May 20, 2012

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.

Spring Saturdays at Northwestern Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, May 19, 2012

This area has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed north. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lots off of Sheridan Rd. and Clark St., north of Clark St. beach, at 8:30 a.m. Leader: TBA.

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 18, 2012

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration. Meet at 8:a.m. at the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway Leader will be there at 7:30 but the trip will begin at 8 am. Leader: Joel Greenberg.

Ryerson Woods

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Check out the spring migrants and returning breeders at this beautiful Lake County forest preserve. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Brushwood parking lot. Ryerson Woods is on Riverwoods Rd, northwest of Deerfield. Leader: Gary Hantsbarger.

Spring Saturday mornings at Northwestern Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, May 12, 2012

This area has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed north. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lots 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 11, 2012

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway. Leader will be there by 7:30 and the walk will begin at 8 am. Leader: Lynne Carpenter

Ryerson Woods

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Check out the spring migrants and returning breeders at this beautiful Lake County forest preserve. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Brushwood parking lot. Ryerson Woods is on Riverwoods Rd, northwest of Deerfield. Leader: Gary Hantsbarger.

Illinois State Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 5, 2012

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

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