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Earth Day "Welcome Back Birds" at Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with the birds at the Clark St. Beach Bird Sanctuary.  Entertainment by LakeDance and associates.  Bird and Plant walks around the sanctuary. 3:30-4:30  For more information, contact

North Glenview

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tour the better birding areas that North Glenview has to offer.  We will most likely bird Techny Basin Conservation Area, Lake Glenview, and The Air Station Prairie for early migrants and lingering waterfowl. Techny Basin is located west of Waukegan Rd., south of Willow Rd., and east of Ravine Way in Glenview. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the gravel parking lot on Claire Ct. off of Ravine Way. The trip will last approximately 3 hours but you are welcome to leave at any time. Leader:  John Leonard  847-845-5563

Colorado Grouse Loop Tour

Friday, April 8, 2016

April 8-17, 2016. – Friday – Sunday NEW TRIP: Colorado Grouse Loop Tour:  Denver mountains and high plains, 9 nights.  Est cost:  $950 based on double occupancy; $1200 single.  Includes lodging and ground transportation, entrance fees and local tour costs.  Target species: Gunnison Sage Grouse, Greater Sage Grouse, Lesser   Prairie Chickens, Dusky Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Rosy-Finches, Mountain Plover, McCown's and Chestnut-collared Longspurs and more! 150 species expected.  RSVP and $100 deposit required to  Leaders: David Johnson and Jennifer Schmidt. Limited to 8 participants.

Looney Trip, Lake County

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Dave Johnson specialty! Loads of loons and lots of lakes. Expect other birds as well.  Record numbers of migrating loons are often seen on this trip as well as White Pelicans. Meet at 8:30 a.m at Diamond Lake Rd at Diamond Lake across from Mundelein boat launch at Gale Street Inn Restaurant parking lot. Lunch out at local lakeside eatery. We will travel by van or bus, so the cost will be $24 for a 5 hour trip.  RSVP by email: Maximum 30  Leader: David B. Johnson

Edge of the Ice

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Edge of the ICE returns!  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Diamond Lake off Diamond Lake Road between Rtes 60 and 45 at the Mundelein boat launch opposite the Gale Street Inn Restaurant parking lot.  ½ day trip focusing on lingering winter ducks, arriving loons and possible eagles.  Limited to 14 participants.  RSVP required with leader at

Air Station Prairie Woodcocks

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Air Station Prairie Woodcocks. 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 pm. Leader:  John Leonard 847-845-5563.

PROGRAM: Birding Ecuador

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Some 1600 bird species inhabit Ecuador.  Quito is the highest capital city in the world at 9,200 ft.  And what better city to begin viewing the country's high Andes birds at Antisani  & Yanacocha reserves, Tandayapa Valley; then other reserves: Rio Silanche, Milpe, Mindo, Paz de las Aves, and Mashpi.  Andean Condor, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Toucan-Barbet, Cock-of-the-Rock, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, hummingbirds, tanagers, manakins, and Antpittas abound and are quite viewable!  This program by David Johnson will touch on all of these wonderful areas and birds.

6th Annual Memorial Ralph Herbst Duck Trip

Sunday, March 20, 2016

6th Annual Memorial Ralph Herbst Duck Trip. Bird the lakes and ponds of the Palos region for a variety of spring waterfowl. Meet at 7:30 a.m. From I-55, exit south on to US Rte. 45/LaGrange Rd. Head straight south to the McGinnis Slough parking lot on the west side of LaGrange Rd. Leader: Jeff Sanders. (Important Note: Contact Jeff Sanders --, or 847-657-6431 the night before if you have questions about whether the ponds are frozen and whether the trip will be on as scheduled.)

PROGRAM: "City Creatures"

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

“City Creatures”: We usually think of cities as the domain of humans—but we are just one of thousands of species that call the urban landscape home. Through a unique and accessible mix of essays, poetry, paintings, and photographs, the recently published City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness introduces readers to an astonishing diversity of urban wildlife. Gavin Van Horn,. Director of Cultures of Conservation for the Center for Humans and Nature, and co-editor of City Creatures, will present an illustrated talk and stories about how urban wildlife can connect us to place, from our backyards to our bioregion.

16th Annual Gull Frolic

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Gull Frolic is a unique winter event at Illinois’ premier gull-watching hotspot: North Point Marina. Bring your binoculars, scope and cold weather gear, and join birders outside of the yacht club to enjoy close study of some of our harder-to-find winter species such as Thayer’s, Iceland and Glaucous Gulls!  A variety of waterfowl typically make an appearance too (scoters and other diving ducks), along with the occasional raptor, owl, or winter finch. Birders wearing bright orange hats will be available to help answer questions along the “boardwalk”.  Start time is 9:30 a.m. ENSBC is one of the sponsors. To learn more and to register:


PROGRAM: Namibia!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Josh Engel fell in love with the southwestern part of Africa from the first time he set foot there in 2006. Even after a dozen trips to Namibia and Botswana, their wide-open expanses, easy and wonderful birding, abundant animals, stunning scenery, and friendly people still make him giddy with excitement. Desert habitats predominate across the region, but they take myriad forms: from the coastal sand dunes, across the rocky central highlands and the scrub-filled Kalahari sands, to the lush Okavango Delta. All are filled with incredible birds and mammals, and Josh will present a lavishly illustrated virtual tour across one of his favorite parts of the world.

Waukegan Christmas Count

Friday, January 1, 2016

Waukegan Christmas Count
Compiler: Joel Greenberg, 630-725-9416

Chicago-North Shore Christmas Count

Saturday, December 26, 2015

55th  Chicago-North Shore Count and ENSBC Post-Count Potluck dinner at Libby Hill’s house, 2715 Woodland Rd, Evanston.  Arrive any time after 4 pm. Contact Libby at  847-475-2096 or for suggestions about food for the putluck.  Compiler: Tim Wallace, 847-548-2654.  Feeder Count Compiler: Eleonora di Liscia, 847-568-0160.

Chicago Lakefront Christmas Count

Friday, December 25, 2015

Chicago Lakefront Christmas Count
Compiler: Joel Greenberg, 630-725-9416

Chicago Urban Christmas Count

Sunday, December 20, 2015

50th Chicago Urban Count.
Compiler:  Jeffrey Sanders, 847-657-6431

A Birder’s Trip to Cuba

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Roberta Asher will present This a multi-media presentation about an IOS-sponsored trip to Cuba.  Cuba is one of the most important countries for neotropical migratory birds.  A total of 370 species have been recorded on the island.  Cuba has 26 endemic bird species and 25 endemic subspecies including the small, but spectacularly colorful, Cuban Tody, the elegant Cuban Trogon, and the Bee Hummingbird (the tiniest hummingbird in the world).   This presentation will highlight many of the birds seen on this trip.  In addition, Cuba is an island full of 50’s nostalgia, enchanting scenery, rich culture, friendly people, spectacular architecture, and alluring music. Experience the sights and sounds of today’s Cuba, from the street scenes and music of Havana, to pastoral countryside.   Learn what to expect when you go birding in Cuba – birds and then some.

Jeff Sanders' Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore Lakefront

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip!  North Shore lakefront. 46th 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 University beach. Go east on Lincoln St. from Sheridan Rd., turn south past the giant fitness center, then turn east (left) and go almost to the end. Bring scopes and dress for cold lake wind. Leader: Jeff Sanders.

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP! The Mighty Mississippi

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP. The Mighty Mississippi. Savanna, Thomson area of Carroll County, Illinois along the Upper Mississippi River NWR area.  November 14-15. Target species include Bald Eagles and 100s of Tundra Swans and other waterfowl and lingering land birds.  Overnight in Savanna Saturday only.  Travel early Saturday morning.  Return Sunday afternoon. Dinner in Galena Area. $25 deposit.  $50 double occupancy. $100 single occupancy. Limited to 12 participants.  RSVP with Leader David Johnson at

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP! The Mighty Mississippi

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP. The Mighty Mississippi. Savanna, Thomson area of Carroll County, Illinois along the Upper Mississippi River NWR area.  November 14-15. Target species include Bald Eagles and 100s of Tundra Swans and other waterfowl and lingering land birds.  Overnight in Savanna Saturday only.  Travel early Saturday morning.  Return Sunday afternoon. Dinner in Galena Area. $25 deposit.  $50 double occupancy. $100 single occupancy. Limited to 12 participants.  RSVP with Leader David Johnson at

Owls: Mysterious Creatures of the Night.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

With the Northern Saw-whet Owl as her “spark bird”, Alexandra Forsythe has taken a special interest in owls.  Many of us have extensive life lists, but we know very little about owls. These creatures of the night have unique adaptations, abilities and behaviors that have rarely been studied, each owl species different from the next. Learn more about these special birds of prey during this highly entertaining and interactive presentation by Alexandra Forsythe. She is an experienced raptor rehabber for Soarin’ Hawk, and a long-time participant in Project Owlnet. She is the author of the Indiana Audubon Society’s “Bird of the Month” articles, and Youth Advisor for Indiana Audubon Society. At just 15, she is Indiana’s first Young Birder of the Year and a highly sought-after speaker. She will be introduced by Joel Greenberg. NOTE: CHANGE OF VENUE!! THIS MEETING WILL BE AT THE LEVY CENTER IN EVANSTON, 300 DODGE, IN THE LINDEN ROOM.  PLENTY OF PARKING.  SAME TIME: 7:30