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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. Dress for the weather.  Leader:Nancy Halliday. 

FIELD TRIP: Looney Trip 100th Birthday event!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Back by popular demand.  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.

ENSBC 100th BIRTHDAY PARTY 7 PM

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Please join the fun for cake and refreshments and camaraderie as we celebrate 100  years of ENSBC!  Talk by Rich Horwitz follows the celebration.  The celebration starts at 7 pm at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston.  Free and Open to the Public.  info@ensbc.org for more information.

 

“ Confessions of a Counter: From Birder to Scientist.” Richard Horwitz

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Richard Horwitz:  Confessions of a Counter: From Birder to Scientist.    7:45 PM

When Rich Horwitz was 13, his love of birds led to counting them. Now as a scientist at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, his passion for numbers and nature shows us how to protect and conserve other organisms, like fish, and their habitat. Illustrated with humorous personal anecdotes, he will also discuss how population numbers, obtained for one purpose, can be used, or misused, for other purposes. Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Evanston. info@ensbc.org

 

Join us for our Official Birthday Party.

7:00 p.m. At the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

“The Changing Bird Life of the Chicago Region" Joel Greenberg

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The first written accounts of local birds were published in the 1850s. This talk looks at fluctuating bird population over the ensuing 150 years. Some birds have disappeared altogether or are barely hanging on, while others have increased dramatically. One surprising example are the two local black corvids. When the prairies were intact, common ravens were the dominant species while crows were restricted to wooded riparian areas. But once the prairie lands were converted to agriculture, the ravens totally disappeared and the crows took over.  Joel has a strong interest in historical natural history and has written three books related to that topic.

Note Location Information: This talk will take place in the Linton Room of the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston. The Levy Center is south of the intersection of Oakton St and Dodge Ave., north of the intersection of Howard St. and Dodge Ave. on the west side of the street. Park in the parking lot.

The first event in our 100th Birthday Celebration Series

 

Gull Frolic, Sponsored by IOS

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Start Time – 9:30 a.m.

The Gull Frolic is a unique winter event at Illinois’ premier gull-watching hotspot: North Point Marina. Bring your binoculars, scope and cold weather gear, and join birders outside of the yacht club to enjoy close study of some of our harder-to-find winter species such as Iceland (Thayer’s Iceland and Kumlien’s Iceland) and Glaucous Gulls!  A variety of waterfowl typically make an appearance too (scoters and other diving ducks), along with the occasional raptor, owl, or winter finch. Birders wearing bright orange hats will be available to help answer questions along the “boardwalk”.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

For more information: http://www.illinoisbirds.org/18th-annual-gull-frolic/

Field Trip: Evanston and Wilmette Winter Birding Highlights

Saturday, February 9, 2019

 Please join us for a joint trip with the Illinois Young Birders and the Evanston North-Shore Bird Club. We will start at the Northwestern University campus, where we will look for ducks and gulls, including the Canvasback that is spending the winter, as well as Black-crowned Night-Herons that sometimes winter here. We will end our visit chumming for gulls, hoping for an Iceland or Glaucous Gull to join the Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. We'll continue on to other nearby spots, including Lighthouse Beach and the Bahai Temple (where there was a Merlin on the recent Christmas Bird Count), before ending at Gillson Park around mid-day. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot.

Map of meeting location 

Directions: From Sheridan Rd. and Lincoln Ave. in Evanston, go east on Lincoln. Follow it as it curves to the south and turns into Campus Dr., around a parking garage, and curves back east and dead ends in a parking lot on the lake. 

Leaders: Josh Engel and Steve Bayer 

 

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. 

Waukegan Christmas Count

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Organizer: Joel Greenberg, joelrgreenberg@gmail.com. Compiler: Adam Sell.

 

Christmas Bird Count: Chicago-North Shore Christmas Count

Saturday, December 29, 2018

56th Chicago-North Shore Count and ENSBC Post-Count Potluck dinner at Libby Hill’s house, 2715 Woodland Rd, Evanston.  Arrive any time after 4 p.m.  Contact Libby Hill at 847-475-2096 or libbyhill@comcast.net for more information about the dinner. Organizer: Joel Greenberg, joelrgreenberg@gmail.com.

Chicago Lakefront Christmas Count

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Organizer: Joel Greenberg, joelrgreenberg@gmail.com, Compiler: Geoff Williamson.

Chicago Urban Count.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

53rd Chicago Urban Count. 

Organizer/compiler:  Jeffrey Sanders, yellowstart5@yahoo.com 847-657-6431.

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. 847-657-6431.  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.

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