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Chicago Urban Christmas Count

Sunday, December 20, 2015

50th Chicago Urban Count.
Compiler:  Jeffrey Sanders, 847-657-6431

A Birder’s Trip to Cuba

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Roberta Asher will present This a multi-media presentation about an IOS-sponsored trip to Cuba.  Cuba is one of the most important countries for neotropical migratory birds.  A total of 370 species have been recorded on the island.  Cuba has 26 endemic bird species and 25 endemic subspecies including the small, but spectacularly colorful, Cuban Tody, the elegant Cuban Trogon, and the Bee Hummingbird (the tiniest hummingbird in the world).   This presentation will highlight many of the birds seen on this trip.  In addition, Cuba is an island full of 50’s nostalgia, enchanting scenery, rich culture, friendly people, spectacular architecture, and alluring music. Experience the sights and sounds of today’s Cuba, from the street scenes and music of Havana, to pastoral countryside.   Learn what to expect when you go birding in Cuba – birds and then some.

Jeff Sanders' Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore Lakefront

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip!  North Shore lakefront. 46th 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 Northwestern University beach. Go east on Lincoln St. from Sheridan Rd., turn south past the giant fitness center, then turn east (left) and go almost to the end. Bring scopes and dress for cold lake wind. Leader: Jeff Sanders.  yellowstart@yahoo.com.

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP! The Mighty Mississippi

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP. The Mighty Mississippi. Savanna, Thomson area of Carroll County, Illinois along the Upper Mississippi River NWR area.  November 14-15. Target species include Bald Eagles and 100s of Tundra Swans and other waterfowl and lingering land birds.  Overnight in Savanna Saturday only.  Travel early Saturday morning.  Return Sunday afternoon. Dinner in Galena Area. $25 deposit.  $50 double occupancy. $100 single occupancy. Limited to 12 participants.  RSVP with Leader David Johnson at djohnsoda@comcast.net.

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP! The Mighty Mississippi

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP. The Mighty Mississippi. Savanna, Thomson area of Carroll County, Illinois along the Upper Mississippi River NWR area.  November 14-15. Target species include Bald Eagles and 100s of Tundra Swans and other waterfowl and lingering land birds.  Overnight in Savanna Saturday only.  Travel early Saturday morning.  Return Sunday afternoon. Dinner in Galena Area. $25 deposit.  $50 double occupancy. $100 single occupancy. Limited to 12 participants.  RSVP with Leader David Johnson at djohnsoda@comcast.net.

Owls: Mysterious Creatures of the Night.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

With the Northern Saw-whet Owl as her “spark bird”, Alexandra Forsythe has taken a special interest in owls.  Many of us have extensive life lists, but we know very little about owls. These creatures of the night have unique adaptations, abilities and behaviors that have rarely been studied, each owl species different from the next. Learn more about these special birds of prey during this highly entertaining and interactive presentation by Alexandra Forsythe. She is an experienced raptor rehabber for Soarin’ Hawk, and a long-time participant in Project Owlnet. She is the author of the Indiana Audubon Society’s “Bird of the Month” articles, and Youth Advisor for Indiana Audubon Society. At just 15, she is Indiana’s first Young Birder of the Year and a highly sought-after speaker. She will be introduced by Joel Greenberg. NOTE: CHANGE OF VENUE!! THIS MEETING WILL BE AT THE LEVY CENTER IN EVANSTON, 300 DODGE, IN THE LINDEN ROOM.  PLENTY OF PARKING.  SAME TIME: 7:30

Daniel Wright Woods

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Daniel Wright Woods. Target birds are sparrows, other late migrants, and a few hawks if the winds are right.  Daniel Wright Woods is located at the intersection of St. Mary's and Everett Roads.  From that point, turn south into the preserve.  Meet in the first parking lot at 7:30 a.m.  Directions:  From the south, take I-94 or Rte. 41 north to Rte. 22, go west to Riverwoods Rd., then go north to Everett Rd., then go west to St. Mary's Rd.  From the north, take I-94 or Rte. 41 south to Rte. 60, go west to St. Mary's Rd., then south to the entrance.  Leader:  Jeff Sanders  yellowstart@yahoo.com

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Dedication

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Birds and Song: A Community Celebration
Join us on Saturday, October 17, from 3:30-4:30 to celebrate the installation of the Clark Street Bird Sanctuary. This Sanctuary along the lake has been designed as a safe haven for migrating birds to rest and find food as they fly to and from their breeding grounds. Enjoy the music of Belize, Dominican Republic and Haiti - places that both people and birds migrate to our community from. Learn more about birds and the Sanctuary and how you can become involved. Come for fun, information, and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to the festivities on the lawn near the Clark St. Beach House. Bring a chair if you don't want to stand. Before and after the ceremony, a bird migration expert from BirdLife International and one of the Sanctuary designers will be available for questions and answers. 

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, October 3, 2015

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 Gary Hantsbarger

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary "Birds and Bagels"

Saturday, October 3, 2015

“Birds and Bagels,” an informal bird walk at Clark St. Beach Bird Sanctuary. Meet at 10:30 - 11:30 at the Clark St. Beach House.

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles, Spiders and More

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

José-Cristian Martínez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His research includes social insect interactions, woodland restoration and invasive species.  Cristian will discuss his research in ecological restoration and how it influences the insect community as well as his recent collection trip to Costa Rica and his science outreach initiative. (Note: this is the 5th Tuesday in the month.)

Perkins Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve Centennial Walk

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Meet at the kiosk at the corner of Bennett and Grant at 8:30 a.m. for fall warblers and other resident birds.  Register with info@ensbc.org. Limit: 15 people. This is part of the Cook County Forest Preserve’s 100th Anniversary celebration weekend. Leader: Gary Hantsbarger

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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: Ari Rice and Libby Hill.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary "Birds and Bagels"

Saturday, September 26, 2015

View the new Clark St. Beach Bird Sanctuary as it is being planted. Learn about the Sanctuary, watch for birds, and enjoy bagel snacks. Meet at the Clark St. Beach House beginning at 10:30.  From 10:30-11:30. Leaders: members of ENSBC, Evanston Treekeepers, Citizens for Greener Evanston, and LakeDance.

Greene Valley Hawk Watch. NEW TRIP

Sunday, September 20, 2015

ENSBC HAWKWATCH WITH DAVE JOHNSON OFFICIALLY CANCELLED. However, The hawk watching group from DuPage will be out on Sunday starting at 9:00 am promptly!

If you want you may show up promptly at 9:00 am and meet Vicky Sroczynski at the Green Valley FP off Greene Rd & 75th.   Otherwise you can simply go up the hill at 11:00 am. V S telephone 630-297-9512 to confirm.

 

LaBagh Woods NEW TRIP.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

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.  Our leader, Fran Morel, has been one of the leaders of this volunteer project, spearheaded by COS working with the CCFP.  Fall migration should be well underway, with warblers at their peak and sparrows already making an appearance. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the Irene Hernandez parking lot, off of Foster, just east of Cicero and 94. This premiere birding spot is notoriously muddy, so wear old boots, or preferably rubber knee-highs.  Combined trip with COS. Leaders: Fran Morel. 847-612-1960 and Judy Pollock

Chicago Botanic Garden

Monday, September 7, 2015

Expect fall passerine migrants, particularly warblers, vireos and thrushes, plus anything else we can find. The waterfall and McDonald Woods can be magnets for warbler migrants at this time of year.  Meet at 6:45 a.m. at the Garden Visitor Center Bldg. entrance near parking lot #1.  Please RSVP with Leader:  Dave Johnson: djohnsoda@comcast.net.

Calumet Sewage Ponds

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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.

Central Illinois River Valley GETAWAY WEEKEND!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday and Sunday. August 22 and 23. Central Illinois River Valley including the Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Area.  Our base will likely be the Peoria area.  Depending on the "draw-downs" for shorebirds we'll visit the most promising mudflats for shorebirds at different refuges.  Expect nearly 20 species of shorebirds including Black-necked Stilts, Red-necked Phalaropes and possibly Buff-breasted Sandpipers.  Local Eurasian Tree Sparrows should be present at Emiquon.  Reservation & $100 deposit required.  Limit 14 participants.  RSVP to leader David B Johnson: djohnsoda@comcast.net or 224-567-9650.

Rollins Savanna

Sunday, July 19, 2015

This area is one of Lake County's hottest birding spots and is home to many nesters such as least bitterns, sedge wrens, Henslow's and grasshopper sparrows, and bobolinks. There also may be early shorebirds.  Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Washington Road parking area. The trip will last 4 hours and water and sun protection are good ideas. Leader: Beau Schaefer. 847-337-3602

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