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Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, September 22, 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.

Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Perkins Woods. A Forest Preserves of Cook County Bird the Preserves walk. Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants. Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leader: John Bates.

LaBagh Woods--- NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION

Sunday, September 18, 2016

LaBagh Woods. Whether you've never been to LaBagh or you go there often, you'll want to take this opportunity to see the effects of all the restoration work done this past year specifically for migrant birds. Fall migration should be well underway, with warblers at their peak and sparrows already making an appearance. Meet at 7:00 a.m at the Parking lot on Cicero Avenue north of Foster.  After you cross over the expressway, turn left at the T and park at the end of the lot. This premiere birding spot is notoriously muddy, so wear old boots, or preferably rubber knee-highs. Leaders: Judy Pollock, jpbobolink@gmail.com and Isoo O’Brien.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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: Libby Hill and Isoo O’Brien. We will bird the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary following the field trip.

Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Perkins Woods.  A Cook County Forest Preserve District Bird the Preserves walk. Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leader: Josh Engel.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, September 15, 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.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 10, 2016

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: Libby Hill, Nancy Halliday and Isoo O’Brien.  We will bird the Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary following the field trip.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Thursday Workday afternoons take place at the Sanctuary from 4-6. 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.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day

Chicago Botanic Garden. Expect fall passerine migrants, particularly warblers, vireos, thrushes, and flycatchers plus anything else we can find. The waterfall garden and McDonald Woods can be magnets for warbler migrants at this time of year. We hope to also pick up a couple of shorebird species. Meet at 6:45 a.m.at the Garden Visitor Center Bldg. entrance near parking lot #1. RSVP to Leader Isoo O’Brien at isooman22@gmail.com

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, September 1, 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.

Calumet Sewage Ponds - Shorebirds!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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. Trip ends at 11 a.m. Limit: 25 people. Advance sign-up for this trip is required. Registration forms available from Walter Marcisz, wmarcisz@att.net or 773-646-3034 or 312-206-9889 (cell). Completed form must be turned in by July 17.  Send forms by snail mail to Walter Marcisz, 13416 S. Mackinaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60633.  No cameras but scopes and binoculars OK.  Directions provided by Walter Marcisz.

Perkins Woods

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Perkins Woods. Look for warblers and other migrants (and also a great display of spring wildflowers.).  Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Streets.  Park along Ewing Avenue.  Leader: John Bates.

Rollins Savanna CANCELLED

Sunday, July 24, 2016

NOTE  THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WILL BE HELD AGAIN IN 2017.

Illinois Beach State Park North Unit

Sunday, June 19, 2016

 

Meet at 7:30 am at 1st shelter parking lot past Sand Pond, east off 17th Street (Moose Lodge corner) & Sheridan Rd (N of Rte 173 in Zion).  This is the HMANA Hawkwatch shelter area.  Target species:  Clay-colored Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrow, Dickcissel, Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat and more.  Easy walking.  Trip will last till about noon.  Limit of 12, RSVP required to Leader David B Johnson, djohnsoda@comcast.net.
 

Plum Creek Forest Preserve

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Meet at 7:30am at the forest preserve parking lot on the east side of Burnham Rd., about 1 mile south of Sauk Trail. We'll spend the morning at Josh's favorite local summer birding spot, looking 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. Limit of 10, RSVP required to Josh at jengel2@fieldmuseum.org.

McHenry Dam

Saturday, June 4, 2016

McHenry Dam has had Pine, Yellow-throated, and Prothonotary Warblers the last few years.  This is a good time to see them, even though it’s getting a bit late for many of the migrants.  Sandhill Cranes with young might be present, and there is a marsh with an overlook.  We could also take a walk at Moraine Hills across the road from McHenry Dam. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at McHenry Dam. Park at the end of McHenry Dam Rd, which is off River Road about a half-mile northwest of the entrance to Moraine Hills State Park. Leaders: Duane Heaton and Mary Lou Mellon.

To participate in this field trip, RSVP to Mary Lou Mellon at marylou.mellon@gmail.com or 847 386-7344.

Gillson Park Bird Walk

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Gillson Park bird walk. Meet at 8:00 at Lake and Michigan Aves (the northwest corner of the park.) Sponsored in cooperation with Go Green Wilmette and the Wilmette Park District. For more information, contact Karen Glennemeier, kglennemeier@gmail.com.

Perkins Woods

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cook County Forest Preserve Big  Year field trip. Look for late warblers. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the kiosk, corner of Grant and Bennett. Leader:  Josh Engel or John Bates.

Gillson Park Bird Walk

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Gillson Park bird walk. Meet at 8:00 at Lake and Michigan Aves (the northwest corner of the park.) Sponsored in cooperation with Go Green Wilmette and the Wilmette Park District. For more information, contact Karen Glennemeier, kglennemeier@gmail.com.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 21, 2016

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.  Leader: Nancy Halliday.

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