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PROGRAM: Nature Photography and Birding - Experiences in Sweden and Lake County

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nature Photography and Birding - My Experiences in Sweden and Lake County. Emma England will talk about a close encounter with a Great Grey Owl in Sweden that inspired her passion for bird photography. She will illustrate the differences between bird species in Europe and the U.S. and will also show images that highlight the variety of nature photography subjects in Lake County. Her talk will include tips to those new to or wanting to improve their nature photography.  Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, 7:30 pm, Free and open to the public.

North Glenview

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tour the better birding areas that North Glenview has to offer.  We will most likely bird Techny Basin Conservation Area, Lake Glenview, and Air Station Prairie for early migrants and lingering waterfowl. Techny Basin is located west of Waukegan Rd., south of Willow Rd., and east of Ravine Way in Glenview. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the gravel parking lot on Claire Ct. off of Ravine Way. The trip will last approximately 3 hours but you are welcome to leave at any time. Leader:  John Leonard.  847-845-5563.

CSBBS workday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Clark St. Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

3-5 pm

CSBBS workday

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Workday, 9-11 am, pull invasives, plant and mulch Dune Seed.  Please bring a rake if possible.  Dress for the weather.

 

PROGRAM: From Cage to Condo: Monk Parakeets in Chicago and Parrots in America

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

From Cage to Condo: Monk Parakeets in Chicago and Parrots in America. Steve Pruett-Jones will talk about the history and current status of the monk parakeet in Chicago and about parrots generally in the United States. There were previously two native species of parrots in the USA, both of which are now extinct. In contrast, we now have 23 species of introduced naturalized parrots, all now thriving here. Where these species came from, how they survive here, the effects that they are having, and the controversy surrounding them will be the focus of the talk. Steve is a faculty member at the University of Chicago and works both in Australia and North America on the biology and behavior of birds. He has studied the parakeets in Chicago since 1988.  Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

Looney Trip, Lake County

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Loons!  A Dave Johnson specialty! Loads of loons and lots of lakes. Expect other birds as well.  Record numbers of migrating loons are often seen on this trip as well as White Pelicans. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Diamond Lake Rd. at Diamond Lake across from Mundelein boat launch at Gale Street Inn Restaurant parking lot. Lunch out at local lakeside eatery. We will travel by van or bus, so the cost will be $30 for a 5 hour trip.  RSVP by email: djohnsoda@comcast.net. Maximum 30. Leader: David B. Johnson.

Glenview Air Station Prairie Woodcocks.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Air Station Prairie Woodcocks. 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, yellowstart5@yahoo.com

 

 

Ralph Herbst Memorial Duck Trip NOTE NEW DAY AND DATE!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

NEW DAY AND DATE! 7th Annual Ralph Herbst Memorial Duck Trip. Bird the lakes and ponds of the Palos region for a variety of spring waterfowl. Meet at 7:30 a.m. From I-55, exit south on to US Rte. 45/LaGrange Rd. Head straight south to the McGinnis Slough parking lot on the west side of LaGrange Rd. Leader: Jeff Sanders. (Note: check the website to see if the trip needs to be rescheduled because ponds are frozen.)  Contact yellowstart5@yahoo.com, 847-657-6431 the night before if you have questions. .

PROGRAM: Reporting Rare Birds and What's In it for You

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION BECAUSE OF ELECTION EVE. THE PROGRAM WILL BE AT THE LEVY CENTER, 300 DODGE AVE IN EVANSTON. 

Reporting Rare Birds: How to Do It and What’s in It for You.  Geoff Williamson, Secretary of the Illinois Ornithological Records Committee of Illinois Ornithological Society, asks: If you found a rare bird, would you look forward to or dread documenting it for eBird and for the state rare bird committee? This talk explains what the documentation process is and helps prepare birders for reporting rarities. Along the way it emphasizes not only why you should do it but also how you benefit from doing it. Come learn how you can contribute to the record of bird life in Illinois and improve your birding skills at the same time.

PROGRAM: More Tales from the Crypt

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

More Tales From the Crypt.  The Field Museum’s Josh Engel will tell some of the stories behind the specimens. He’ll talk about the specimens collected by Nathan Leopold—half of the murdering duo Leopold & Loeb—and their connection to the famous murder. He’ll talk about feather-decorated artifacts acquired from indigenous people deep in the Amazon rainforest, and the effort to identify the feathers so that the items can be returned to those people. And he will tell stories of specimens that have come to the museum more recently—like the pelican that was killed by the fish it was trying to eat and the ducks that starved during the deep freeze of 2014. He will also discuss some of the rare birds that have crashed into Chicago’s skyscrapers and how scientists are using the thousands of birds killed by window strikes to shed new light on bird migration and other topics.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - Waukegan

Sunday, January 1, 2017

 Waukegan Christmas Count

Compiler: Joel Greenberg, 630-725-9416

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: Chicago North Shore

Monday, December 26, 2016

Monday: 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 pm. 847-475-2096 or libbyhill@comcast.net.  Compiler: Tim Wallace, 847-548-2654.  Contact Libby about food to share, libbyhill@comcast.net

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: Chicago Lakefront

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Chicago Lakefront Christmas Count
Compiler: Joel Greenberg, 630-725-9416

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - Chicago Urban Count DATE CHANGE!

Friday, December 23, 2016

NOTICE THE DATE CHANGE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER!

THIS COUNT WILL BE ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23.

51st Chicago Urban Count.
Compiler:  Jeffrey Sanders, 847-657-6431

PROGRAM: Evolution of Bird Migration

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Evolution of bird migration: from the Field to the Theory. Valentina Gómez-Bahamón. Every year, massive and periodic movements of birds occur in response to variation in seasonal environments. Migratory birds can travel thousands of kilometers from their breeding grounds towards their wintering grounds, requiring unique physiological and morphological adaptations to accomplish such feats. Partial migration occurs when a species is composed of a migratory population (or subspecies) and a sedentary one. It occurs in many species of birds and it has been suggested as an intermediate step in between the evolution of sedentariness and migratoriness. Focusing on a partially migratory species, the Fork-tail Flycatcher (Tyrannus savanna), Valentina Gómez-Bahamón, who works for SELVA: Research Conservation for the Neotropics and is currently a PhD student at UIC and the Field, will share her field research in the Argentinian Pampas and Colombian Llanos on how morphology differs in association to migration and determining if migration has been lost or gained in the evolutionary history of this group and how it translates into scientific knowledge that can help us understand the evolution of migration and its possible role in the origin of species.

Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore lakefront

Sunday, November 20, 2016

47th Annual Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip. North Shore lakefront – Northwestern, Gillson Park, Maple Park, Tower Road Park, Park Ave., Rose Beach in Highland Park, and other areas as time permits. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Gillson Park Beach House in Wilmette, off of Sheridan Road.  We will carpool from there. Bring scopes and dress for cold lake wind. Leader: Jeff Sanders, yellowstart@yahoo.com.

PROGRAM: Life at the Top

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"Life at the Top. Shane DuBay." Shane will talk about the extraordinary ways in which birds survive at extreme high elevations, where temperatures are cold and oxygen is low. High-elevation environments are harsh for the majority of life, but some birds have evolved incredible adaptations and behavioral strategies to thrive under these conditions. Shane is a graduate student at The Field Museum and the University of Chicago, where he studies high altitude adaptation in birds that inhabit the Hengduan Mountains of southern China. Through a virtual tour he will transport you to the highest peaks in Asia, exposing the ways in which birds survive in these stunning, yet deadly environments.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Thursday Workday afternoons take place at the Sanctuary between 4 p.m - 6.p.m.;  No experience needed, Stewards Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman will decide on the particular work needs of the sanctuary for that afternoon. Activities can range from collecting seeds, scattering seeds, pulling invasive weeds, removing seedheads of invasive weeds, etc.  Contact Jerry Herst at Jerry.Herst@gmail.com for information.  Meet at the Sanctuary fence north or the Clark Street Beach House.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Thursday Workday afternoons take place at the Sanctuary between 4 p.m - 6.p.m.;  No experience needed, Stewards Jerry Herst and Julie Dorfman will decide on the particular work needs of the sanctuary for that afternoon. Activities can range from collecting seeds, scattering seeds, pulling invasive weeds, removing seedheads of invasive weeds, etc.  Contact Jerry Herst at Jerry.Herst@gmail.com for information.  Meet at the Sanctuary fence north or the Clark Street Beach House.

Gillson Park, Wilmette

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Gillson Park, Wilmette.  Look for late warblers and other migrants. We will start with a tour of the newly planted area just north of the Wildflower Garden. Meet at 8 AM at the Wildflower Garden, corner of Michigan Ave and Washington Ave (one block east of Sheridan and one block south of Lake St.)  Street parking is available, as is parking inside the park.  Leaders: Karen Glennemeier and Gerry Ginsburg.

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