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 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 local trips are two-hours long and require no reservations.  For trips that might be half-day, all day or even over a weekend. reservations with the leader are 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.

Carpooling is strongly recommended on ENSBC field trips.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: Josh Engel and John Bates.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Expect sparrows, late passerines including a few late warblers and other passerines, maybe a hawk or 2 if the winds are right. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at The Grove: east side of Milwaukee Ave., just south of Lake Ave., in the second parking lot that leads to the Interpretive Center.  Leader: Jeff Sanders.

FIELD TRIP: Jeff Sanders' Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore Lakefront

Sunday, November 18, 2018

49th 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 Gillson Park Beach House in Wilmette, off of Sheridan Road.  We will carpool from there. Bring scopes and dress for cold lake wind. Leader: Jeff Sanders, 847-657-6431

FIELD TRIP: Looney Trip!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at east side of Diamond Lake. Consolidated carpooling from the Gale Street Restaurant parking lot, 935 Diamond Lake Rd. Mundelein. RSVP with leader David B. Johnson: Space limited to 8-9 cars. Trip will end at approx. 2:30 p.m. Lunch at El Puerto, Fox Lake.

FIELD TRIP: Air Station Prairie Woodcocks

Saturday, April 13, 2019

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.