Field Trips

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Field trips sponsored by the Evanston North Shore Bird Club are open to everyone.  Beginners are encouraged on all ENSBC field trips. What's more, all local field trips are FREE! Car pooling is encouraged on all field trips. Always check the current Bird Calls and the website for possible changes in dates, times, locations, leaders, etc. Contact the individual leader or the Field Trip Chairman if you need more details on specific trips, or are looking for someone to carpool with -- numbers are listed in the membership directory pages.

Most trips are half-day excursions but check individual trip descriptions for those trips that might be all day or even over a weekend. Reservations with the leader may be required. If you have an idea for a possible future trip, or would like to lead a future trip, please contact the Field Trip Chair.

Most of the locations of field trips are on level, well drained ground, but a few take you to some muddy areas, or it may have recently rained and the trails may be waterlogged. A successful birding trip is a well planned trip; please bring along boots and rain gear as necessary, as well as snacks and water or something to drink to make every outing an enjoyable one. A final tip to good Chicagoland birding: a reliable local map is indispensable, whether an actual map or on your iphone.

It is strongly recommended that birders carpool on all ENSBC field trips; in addition, the leaders of the field trips strongly encourage the use of family radios or talkabouts tuned into channel 11/22 while traveling in car caravans and when separated in the field. This is also the national communication birding policy of the American Birding Association. Talkabouts are available at Best Buy, ABT, Circuit City, etc. The radio must have two channels.

Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Meet at 7:30 a.m at the corner of Ewing and Grant.  Leader:  Josh Engel

Gillson Park Bird Walk

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Gillson Park. Bird Walks in Gillson Park are sponsored by our partners Go Green Wilmette, Meet at 8 a.m at the northwest corner of the park at Lake and Michigan Avenues. Street parking. For more information, contact


Saturday, June 3, 2017


Plum Creek

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Plum Creek Forest Preserve. 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 there. Leader: Josh Engel. Limit of 10, RSVP to Josh at

Calumet Water Reclamation Plant

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Don't miss this opportunity to visit the region's premier shorebird site. Combined trip with Chicago Ornithological Society.  Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:30 a.m. Limit: 25 people. Advance sign-up for this trip is required. Registration forms available from Walter Marcisz, or 773-646-3034 or 312-206-9889 (cell). Completed form must be turned in by July 10.  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.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Workday

Thursday, September 7, 2017

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 for information.  Meet at the Sanctuary fence north or the Clark Street Beach House.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ENSBC goes to Cuba! Led by Josh Engel and local guide Freddy Garcia.  February 20-March 3. This trip is designed to see most of the 28 (and counting) species of birds endemic to Cuba, enjoying the sights, sounds, and select cultural sights of the country along the way, with a full day at the end to explore Havana, its capital and largest city.  For more information, contact Libby Hill,