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.

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.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 9, 2017

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. Evanston. Leaders: Libby Hill and Isoo O’Brien.  



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,


Kent Fuller 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 Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie/Tyner Center, 2400 Compass Drive, Glenview in the parking lot across the street.  Leader: Mark Vaughan.



Willow Slough and Kankakee Sands

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Willow Slough and Kankakee Sands.  Near Morocco, Indiana, this 8,000-acre prairie and wetland restoration was originally part of the 500,000-acre Grand Marsh of the Kankakee River.  The site is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, which describes it as a “birders paradise” with over 200 species recorded since restoration began in 2001. Last year we spotted 62 different species on the trip.The destination is a two-hour drive from Evanston and carpooling is recommended and may be arranged through the trip leader. Details TBA.  RSVP to Leader: Mark Vaughan,