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PROGRAM: Tamima Itani and Louise Clemency: How Monty and Rose took Chicago by Storm - Piping Plovers in the Great Lakes

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

In the spring of 2019, a pair of endangered Piping Plovers nested on Montrose Beach, the first such event in Chicago since 1955.  They and their chicks weaved themselves into the hearts of birders and non-birders alike, becoming stellar ambassadors for their species.  Over a period of ten weeks, they were monitored by volunteers from sunrise to sunset, affording a unique opportunity for observation and learning.  Tamima Itani, Volunteer Coordinator and Board Member, Illinois Ornithological Society, and Louise Clemency, Field Supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Chicago Field Office, will describe Piping Plover life history and how the Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Effort is bringing these birds back. They will share anecdotes from their Chicago experience.   

PROGRAM: Gustavo Ustariz: Honduras: Birding and its Relationship to Coffee, Climate & Economic Development.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Gustavo Ustariz has a BBA and an MBA in Tourism Management and has worked in tourism development for over 15 years, mainly with communities and local governments in Honduras, where he is from. His work includes promoting community-based tourism with a local NGO on the north coast of Honduras and developing tourism and guide-training projects there, including birding tourism.  He will discuss the importance of Honduras to the extraordinary diversity of birds there, including many migrants familiar to bird club members. In recognition of the important contribution of tourism to Honduras, ENSBC and Josh Engel of Red Hill Birding will be offering a birding trip to Honduras, March 11-20, 2021.

PROGRAM: Erika Hasle: The Role of Cities in Monarch Butterfly Conservation

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Conservation has long been viewed as a battle between wilderness and cities. However, a growing wave of conservationists are now viewing cities as a refuge for some species, such as pollinators. Over the last three years, the Field Museum has worked with partners to understand the important role cities play in providing habitat for monarchs. Erika Hasle, Conservation Ecologist at the Field’s Keller Science Action Center, will present results on Chicago's existing monarch habitat and the potential for urban areas to play a significant role in monarch recovery. Additionally, Erika will share results of a 2019 pilot community science program around backyard milkweed

PROGRAM: John Bates: A Year in Perkins Woods

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Perkins Woods has always been a popular Evanston birding spot, particularly for Spring and Fall migration.  Since 2015, John Bates, Curator of Birds at the Field Museum, has been the Cook County Forest Preserve Bird Monitor for Perkins, which means he tries to do 2 or more bird surveys there each month.  He will present on what he's seen in Perkins across the seasons from the perspective of the birds and other aspects of the natural history of this North Evanston hotspot”

Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore lakefront.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

50th 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’s north parking lot for the Walter Athletics Center. Turn east off of Sheridan Road onto Lincoln St. and follow the curve around the north garage to the Walter Athletics Center parking lot. We will carpool from there. Bring scopes and dress for cold lake wind. Leader: Jeff Sanders, yellowstart5@yahoo.com., 847-675-7172.

PROGRAM:Bethany Barratt, “Birding in Wonderland: Yellowstone

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Yellowstone may be the antithesis of a birding paradise: despite its rich biodiversity, in few American settings are birds more likely to be eclipsed by larger terrestrial fauna. Yet there are few places on the continent where birds have more to teach us: as one of the largest (mostly) intact temperate ecosystems in the world, the Park is a vast natural laboratory for studying species interactions, climate change, disease pathology, and more. Bethany Barratt, who is on the faculty at Roosevelt University, has volunteered for the National Park Service in various roles that have included thought provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious opportunities to consider future relationships between humans and other species in our National Parks.

Please note the meeting location: Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, in the Linton Room, 7:30 pm.  Also, this is the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

PROGRAM: Bill Tweit: "Citizen Science: a Personal History"

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Bill Tweit was first exposed to citizen Science through ENSBC as a preteen growing up in Wilmette, when he met Joel Greenberg, Bob Russell and Kim Eckert, who introduced him to birding on a bigger scale.   After graduating from high school, he moved to the Pacific Northwest where pelagic birding and mountains have kept him enthralled ever since.  He is now responsible for managing the salmon fisheries in the Columbia River and representing Washington on the Council that oversees the groundfish harvest in the rich waters off Alaska.  Birding has remained a constant in his life, both as a relief valve and as a way to contribute to conservation.  He is a regular contributor to a broad range of citizen science projects: Christmas Bird Counts, Breeding Bird Surveys, eBird, COASST (monitoring beached birds), Westport Seabirds (counting birds offshore since the 1970s), and he was one of three authors (including our Septemher speaker, Steven Mlodinow) of Birds of Washington, published in 2005.  Bill will compare three very different approaches to citizen science, providing an instructive overview of the benefits that it provides for conservation.

Come at 7 for refreshments provided by the family of Bob Russell, our April speaker, in his memory. Bob passed away this summer.

 Fifth in a series of special programs celebrating ENSBC's 100th anniversary year.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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/or John Bates

PROGRAM: Steven Mlodinow, "Stop and Smell the Butterflies"

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

An increasing number of birders are expanding their interests into other arenas of natural history, particularly entomology. Steven Mlodinow joined ENSBC in 1972 at age 10, and with the club’s help, published Chicago Area Birds in 1984.  He also coauthored America's 100 Most Wanted Birds and Birds of Washington (with next month’s speaker Bill Tweit) as well as serving as an editor for North American Birds for over 20 years. His photos have appeared in numerous field guides and have been used by Nature Conservancy, Pronatura, National Audubon, and even the U.S. State Department and NASA, to promote conservation. After a long tenure practicing family medicine in the Seattle area, he continues his work as a doctor in Colorado, where he also spends time observing and photographing nature’s ever-present surprises. Steven will share his journey from backyard birder to naturalist through vivid images and entertaining anecdotes, many of which involve members of the ENSBC, past and present.

Fourth in a series of Special Programs celebrating ENSBC's 100th anniversary year.

FIELD TRIP: Northwestern University campus

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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 Sarah Flax.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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/or John Bates

FIELD TRIP: Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 14, 2019

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 Nancy Halliday.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 12, 2019

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/or John Bates

NEW PROGRAM! Raptors Up Close and Personal

Sunday, September 8, 2019

2 p.m - 3 p.m. Evanston North Shore Bird Club and Evanston Public Library present "Raptors Up Close and Personal."  Want to meet a live raptor?  River Trail Nature Center staff will visit the Main Evanston Public Library’s Community Room with a live raptor and a variety of specimens to discuss the unique adaptations these animals use to survive in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 5, 2019

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/or John Bates

 

FIELD TRIP: Calumet Sewage Ponds

Sunday, August 18, 2019

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., 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 10.  Send forms by snail mail to Walter Marcisz,

13416 S. Mackinaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60633. 

No cameras but  scopes and binoculars OK.  Directions will be provided by Walter Marcisz. 

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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/or John Bates

CANCELLED! CALUMET MARSHES BIRD WALK CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER!!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Due to high water, Walter Marcisz reports that there are no birds to be seen at the marshes now so we are cancelling.  

 

 

 

FIELD TRIP: Plum Creek Forest Preserve TRIP FULL!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

6th Annual trip! 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 josh@redhillbirding.com. TRIP FULL.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 30, 2019

 Look for warblers and other migrants (and also a great display of spring wildflowers. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St. Park along Ewing Ave.  Leader: John Bates or Josh Engel. 

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