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Daniel Wright Woods

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Daniel Wright Woods. Target birds are sparrows, other late migrants, and a few hawks if the winds are right.  Daniel Wright Woods is located at the intersection of St. Mary's and Everett Roads.  From that point, turn south into the preserve.  Meet in the first parking lot at 7:30 a.m.  Directions:  From the south, take I-94 or Rte. 41 north to Rte. 22, go west to Riverwoods Rd., then go north to Everett Rd., then go west to St. Mary's Rd.  From the north, take I-94 or Rte. 41 south to Rte. 60, go west to St. Mary's Rd., then south to the entrance.  Leader:  Jeff Sanders

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Dedication

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Birds and Song: A Community Celebration
Join us on Saturday, October 17, from 3:30-4:30 to celebrate the installation of the Clark Street Bird Sanctuary. This Sanctuary along the lake has been designed as a safe haven for migrating birds to rest and find food as they fly to and from their breeding grounds. Enjoy the music of Belize, Dominican Republic and Haiti - places that both people and birds migrate to our community from. Learn more about birds and the Sanctuary and how you can become involved. Come for fun, information, and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to the festivities on the lawn near the Clark St. Beach House. Bring a chair if you don't want to stand. Before and after the ceremony, a bird migration expert from BirdLife International and one of the Sanctuary designers will be available for questions and answers. 

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, October 3, 2015

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 Gary Hantsbarger

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary "Birds and Bagels"

Saturday, October 3, 2015

“Birds and Bagels,” an informal bird walk at Clark St. Beach Bird Sanctuary. Meet at 10:30 - 11:30 at the Clark St. Beach House.

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles, Spiders and More

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

José-Cristian Martínez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His research includes social insect interactions, woodland restoration and invasive species.  Cristian will discuss his research in ecological restoration and how it influences the insect community as well as his recent collection trip to Costa Rica and his science outreach initiative. (Note: this is the 5th Tuesday in the month.)

Perkins Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve Centennial Walk

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Meet at the kiosk at the corner of Bennett and Grant at 8:30 a.m. for fall warblers and other resident birds.  Register with Limit: 15 people. This is part of the Cook County Forest Preserve’s 100th Anniversary celebration weekend. Leader: Gary Hantsbarger

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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: Ari Rice and Libby Hill.

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary "Birds and Bagels"

Saturday, September 26, 2015

View the new Clark St. Beach Bird Sanctuary as it is being planted. Learn about the Sanctuary, watch for birds, and enjoy bagel snacks. Meet at the Clark St. Beach House beginning at 10:30.  From 10:30-11:30. Leaders: members of ENSBC, Evanston Treekeepers, Citizens for Greener Evanston, and LakeDance.

Greene Valley Hawk Watch. NEW TRIP

Sunday, September 20, 2015

ENSBC HAWKWATCH WITH DAVE JOHNSON OFFICIALLY CANCELLED. However, The hawk watching group from DuPage will be out on Sunday starting at 9:00 am promptly!

If you want you may show up promptly at 9:00 am and meet Vicky Sroczynski at the Green Valley FP off Greene Rd & 75th.   Otherwise you can simply go up the hill at 11:00 am. V S telephone 630-297-9512 to confirm.


LaBagh Woods NEW TRIP.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Whether you've never been to LaBagh or you go there often, you'll want to take this opportunity to see the effects of all the restoration work done this past year.  Our leader, Fran Morel, has been one of the leaders of this volunteer project, spearheaded by COS working with the CCFP.  Fall migration should be well underway, with warblers at their peak and sparrows already making an appearance. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the Irene Hernandez parking lot, off of Foster, just east of Cicero and 94. This premiere birding spot is notoriously muddy, so wear old boots, or preferably rubber knee-highs.  Combined trip with COS. Leaders: Fran Morel. 847-612-1960 and Judy Pollock

Chicago Botanic Garden

Monday, September 7, 2015

Expect fall passerine migrants, particularly warblers, vireos and thrushes, plus anything else we can find. The waterfall and McDonald Woods can be magnets for warbler migrants at this time of year.  Meet at 6:45 a.m. at the Garden Visitor Center Bldg. entrance near parking lot #1.  Please RSVP with Leader:  Dave Johnson:

Calumet Sewage Ponds

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Don't miss this opportunity to visit the region's premier shorebird site. Combined trip with Chicago Ornithological Society.  Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:15 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, or 773-646-3034 or 312-206-9889 (cell). Completed form must be turned in by July 17.  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.

Central Illinois River Valley GETAWAY WEEKEND!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday and Sunday. August 22 and 23. Central Illinois River Valley including the Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Area.  Our base will likely be the Peoria area.  Depending on the "draw-downs" for shorebirds we'll visit the most promising mudflats for shorebirds at different refuges.  Expect nearly 20 species of shorebirds including Black-necked Stilts, Red-necked Phalaropes and possibly Buff-breasted Sandpipers.  Local Eurasian Tree Sparrows should be present at Emiquon.  Reservation & $100 deposit required.  Limit 14 participants.  RSVP to leader David B Johnson: or 224-567-9650.

Rollins Savanna

Sunday, July 19, 2015

This area is one of Lake County's hottest birding spots and is home to many nesters such as least bitterns, sedge wrens, Henslow's and grasshopper sparrows, and bobolinks. There also may be early shorebirds.  Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Washington Road parking area. The trip will last 4 hours and water and sun protection are good ideas. Leader: Beau Schaefer. 847-337-3602

Plum Creek Forest Preserve

Sunday, June 7, 2015

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 here.  Leader:  Josh Engel. 224-213-2280

Swallow Cliff Woods, Palos

Saturday, May 30, 2015

This half-day walk will target late spring migrants and summer breeding birds, including hooded, blue-winged, and chestnut-sided warblers, Louisiana waterthrush, and summer tanagers.  Meet at 7 a.m. at McClaughry Springs on Kean Ave.  The parking lot is one block south of Rte. 83.  Leader:  John Elliott. 708-567-4363

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW IMPROMPTU TRIP to Skokie Lagoons at 9 am to catch warblers. Meet at the parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway.  Leader:  Lynne Carpenter  312 787 0093

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

We will be looking for migrating passerines at this popular hotspot.  Meet at 7:00 a.m.  Park south of the Museum of Science and Industry after driving around the east side of the building.  Leader:  Dick Young  708 955 8258

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 16, 2015 - Saturday
Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University Campus.  Northwestern's campus is a stopover for migrants of all kinds heading north.  Park on the lake side 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 John Bates. 847-475-2096

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 15, 2015

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway.  Leader:  Wayne Svoboda. 847-675-3622