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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

Plum Creek Forest Preserve

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Meet at 7:30 a.m. 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 here.  Leader:  Josh Engel. 224-213-2280

Swallow Cliff Woods, Palos

Saturday, May 30, 2015

This half-day walk will target late spring migrants and summer breeding birds, including hooded, blue-winged, and chestnut-sided warblers, Louisiana waterthrush, and summer tanagers.  Meet at 7 a.m. at McClaughry Springs on Kean Ave.  The parking lot is one block south of Rte. 83.  Leader:  John Elliott. 708-567-4363

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW IMPROMPTU TRIP to Skokie Lagoons at 9 am to catch warblers. Meet at the parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway.  Leader:  Lynne Carpenter  312 787 0093

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

We will be looking for migrating passerines at this popular hotspot.  Meet at 7:00 a.m.  Park south of the Museum of Science and Industry after driving around the east side of the building.  Leader:  Dick Young  708 955 8258

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 16, 2015 - Saturday
Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University Campus.  Northwestern's campus 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 John Bates. 847-475-2096

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 15, 2015

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway.  Leader:  Wayne Svoboda. 847-675-3622

The Grove, Glenview

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Expect warblers and other passerines.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the second parking lot, which leads to the Interpretive Center.  The entrance to the Grove is on east side of Milwaukee Ave., just south of Lake Ave.  Leader:  Nancy Halliday.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 9, 2015

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 Nancy Halliday. 847-475-2096

Illinois State Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Illinois State Spring Bird Count.  Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake County assignments (630-725-6660).  Contact Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments (casresearch@comcast.net or 847-390-7437).

Illinois State Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake County assignments (630-725-6660).  Contact Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments (casresearch@comcast.net or 847-390-7437).

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 8, 2015

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

Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Look for warblers and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Streets in Evanston.  Park along Ewing Avenue.  Leader:  Wayne Svoboda. 847-675-3622

Ryerson Woods

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Check out the spring migrants and returning breeders at this beautiful Lake County forest preserve.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Brushwood Center parking lot.  The entrance to the Ryerson Conservation Area is on Riverwoods Rd., north of Deerfield Rd.  Leader:  Gary Hantsbarger. 224-628-6108

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