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FIELD TRIP: Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Join us for a spring morning at Montrose. Meet at 8:30 a.m. by the handicapped parking at the entrance to the sanctuary on W. Montrose Harbor Drive. Leader: Wayne Svoboda

FIELD TRIP: Gillson Park

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bird Walks in Gillson Park are sponsored by our partners Go Green Wilmette. Meet at 8 a.m. at the top of the Wallace Bowl amphitheater. Street parking. For more information, contact

FIELD TRIP:Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 5, 2018

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: Libby Hill and Sarah Flax.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Illinois State Spring Bird Count. Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake Co. assignments (630-725-6660). Contact Alan Anderson for Cook Co. assignments. 

FIELD TRIP: Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 4, 2018

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Erickson Woods Forest Preserve parking lot. Turn north into the parking lot from Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway. Leader: Lynne Carpenter.  

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 3, 2018

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 or Josh Engel.

PROGRAM: "Illinois Peregrines, From Decline to Recovery"

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Once on the Endangered Species List and extirpated in Illinois from 1961 until 1986, the Peregrine Falcon population has now passed historic levels.  Mary Hennen of the Field Museum will show us how the Peregrine population has recovered.  Mary will be accompanied by a live peregrine.



FIELD TRIP: Air Station Prairie and North Techny Basin

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Look for early migrating passerines and perhaps Woodcocks. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Air Station Prairie/Tyner Center, 2400 Compass Drive, Glenview in the parking lot across the street. Leader: Mark Vaughan.

PROGRAM: “Holistic Bird Identification: A Case Study of Warblers”

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Geoff Williamson will equip us with a multifaceted approach to converting observation to identification. Identification involves more than just matching a bird to a depiction in a field guide or to a set of Internet photos. A more effective approach considers not only what the bird looks like, but also factors such as behavior, habitat, and vocalization. The warbler family provides an excellent opportunity to apply these tactics, helping you to improve your warbler – and other species – identification skills, just in time for migration.

FIELD TRIP: Air Station Prairie Woodcocks

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Come out to see the spectacular aerial displays of the American Woodcock at dusk! 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.

FIELD TRIP American Woodcock Courtship Display

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Come out to see the spectacular aerial displays of the American Woodcock at dusk! 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.

PROGRAM:“ New Zealand”

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Nancy Halliday, artist-naturalist, will present a program on her Road Scholar trip to New Zealand in 2016. Nancy will show photographs of the birds and landscape from the group’s visit to North, South and Stewart Islands.

PROGRAM: “Changing Chicago Birdlife”

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Josh Engel: The historic literature provides a wealth of information about what Chicago-area birdlife was once like. From Robert Kennicott's time in the early 1800s to William Dreuth, who kept careful notes during his daily outings in Lincoln Park from 1928-1943, we have an abundance of data that gives us a historical baseline. Suffice it to say, times have changed! Josh will compare Chicago's birdlife today with what it was like over the last two centuries and will examine how things might continue to change in the face of climate and habitat changes that are underway right now. 

Christmas Bird Count: Waukegan Christmas Count

Monday, January 1, 2018

To participate, contact compiler: Joel Greenberg, 630-725-9416

Christmas Bird Count: Chicago-North Shore Christmas Count

Saturday, December 30, 2017

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  To participate contact Compiler: Tim Wallace, 847-548-2654. 

Christmas Bird Count: Chicago Lakefront Christmas Count

Monday, December 25, 2017

To participate, contact Compiler: Joel Greenberg, 630-725-9416 

Christmas Count: 52nd Chicago Urban Count

Sunday, December 17, 2017

To participate, contact compiler:  Jeffrey Sanders, 847-657-6431 

PROGRAM: “Gulls – More Than Meets the Eye”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Amar Ayyash. Often approached with apprehension, gulls have gained a love-hate relationship with many birders. Among these larids are some of the most coveted bird species in the world, yet some are so commonplace that we don’t often give them a second look. Why should we even care about gulls? Come hear Amar Ayyash delight in this diverse group of “seabirds”. Recent genetic data and frequent hybridization in this family compel us to reassess the very concept of a species. Amar will touch on these topics as he highlights key identification field marks for separating our winter gull species. He’ll also touch on some often-ignored topics such as the aging process and molt. Come learn why an increasing number of people are being drawn to this family of birds and brush up on your gull ID skills before the Gull Frolic!

FIELD TRIP: Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore Lakefront

Saturday, November 18, 2017

48th 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, 847-657-6431.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Be part of the Perkins Prairie School Warblers for the Forest Preserve's BIG MONTH. Meet at the corner of Grant and Ewing at 8:30 a.m. Leader:  Sarah Flax