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Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 6, 2017

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

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons. 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. 

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons. 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. 

Bird the Preserves Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Perkins Woods:  Bird the Preserves   Look for warblers and other migrants. (and also a great display of spring wildflowers.)Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the kiosk at the corner of Bennett and Grant.  Easy parking on Bennett and Grant.  Leader:  Wayne Svoboda.  

Northwestern University Campus and Clark St. Beach Bird Sanctuary

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Northwestern University Campus. The campus is a stopover for migrants of all kinds heading north.  Park on the upper deak of the south parking lot just off of Sheridan Road and Clark St. This lot is a surface parking lot just north of the parking garage. Park on the lake side of the upper deck. Meet at 8:30 a.m.  Leaders: Libby Hill and Josh Engel

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: 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,



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, 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


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.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

 Waukegan Christmas Count

Compiler: Joel Greenberg, 630-725-9416


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  Compiler: Tim Wallace, 847-548-2654.  Contact Libby about food to share,


Sunday, December 25, 2016

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


Friday, December 23, 2016



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.