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Illinois State Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake Co. assignments (630-725-6660). Contact Alan Anderson for Cook Co. assignments (casresearch@comcast.net or 847-390-7437).

Spring Saturday mornings Northwestern Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, May 5, 2012

This area has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed north. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lots off of Sheridan Rd. and Clark St., north of Clark St. beach, at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Wayne Svoboda.

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 4, 2012

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: Lynne Carpenter

Spring Saturday mornings at Northwestern Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, April 28, 2012

This area has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed north. 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: Sue Robert and Libby Hill

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A perennial favorite among club members, this trip is excellent for early migrants. Meet at 7:30 a.m. Park south of the Museum of Science and Industry after driving on the east side of the building. Leader: Dick Young.

North Glenview Better Birding Areas

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A tour through the better birding areas that North Glenview has to offer by local birder, Sulli Gibson. 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: Sulli Gibson. A tour through the better birding areas that North Glenview has to offer by local birder, Sulli Gibson. 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: Sulli Gibson.

Looney Trip, Lake County

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Dave Johnson specialty. Loads of loons and lots of lakes. Expect other birds as well. Meet at 8:30 a.m at Breezewald Park, off Old Rand Rd in Lake Zurich. Watch Bird Calls for directions. Leader: David B. Johnson.

Air Station Prairie Woodcocks NEW TRIP!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

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: Sulli Gibson.

3rd Annual Ralph Herbst Memorial Duck Trip, Palos Region

Saturday, March 17, 2012

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.

TRIP TO NEW MEXICO FEB 16-19

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Following on last year’s success, this tour will target Black, Brown-capped, and Gray-crowned Rosy-finches, Crissal and Curve-billed Thrashers, Ferruginous Hawks, cranes and waterfowl, Juniper Titmouse and many other winter southwest desert specialties. A list of nearly 100 species is possible (last year we tallied 91 species). Estimated tour cost $550. Easy to moderate hiking. Plan on arriving in Albuquerque by Feb. 15. For further registration and information, email: David B. Johnson, djohnsoda@comcast.net . Leaders: David B. Johnson, Tim Wallace and Raymond Vanbuskirk

13th Annual Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor FULL

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club at the end of 7th Street near Skipper buds. Bring loaves of bread to chum for gulls. Lots of gulls and lots of people. Directions: To reach the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club, take the I-94 toll road north toward Milwaukee. Exit at Route 173. Turn right (east) and go to Sheridan Road (Rt. 137). Turn left and proceed to 7th Street. Turn right on 7th Street and follow the North Point Marina signs to the yacht club. DO NOT SPEED on 7th Street! It is actively patrolled by the Winthrop Harbor police. PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND LIMITED TO THE FIRST 150 PEOPLE. Sign up.

Chicago-North Shore Christmas Count

Monday, December 26, 2011

Monday. 51st Chicago-North Shore Count. Compiler: Tim Wallace, 847-548-2654.

Chicago Urban Christmas Count

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday. 46th Chicago Urban Count. Compiler: Jeff Sanders, 847-657-6431.

PROGRAM: Project Squirrel

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Steve Sullivan is the Curator of Urban Ecology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences where he studies the animals in your back yard as well as working with the institution’s century-and-a-half old specimens and doing the taxidermy to make new ones. Steve is also the director of Project Squirrel, a citizen-science project that involves people of all ages in the study of tree squirrels as a way to understand ecological processes in the urban game park. Additionally, the Project studies the most influential species in the urban ecosystem – humans—and how their involvement with the outdoors influences their attitudes and knowledge about nature. This presentation will discuss why squirrels are worth watching and will hopefully inspire the audience and their friends to become involved in watching and submitting data about the squirrels that occur (or not) in their neighborhoods.

PROGRAM: The Galapagos: Exploring Darwin's Tapestry

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Galapagos archipelago is a forbidding place, even though romantics tend to imbue it with the rosy glow of a Pacific Eden. John Hess, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Central Missouri, is also a photographer who has worked at the interface of art and science throughout his career. In 2009 he published a book of the same title through the University of Missouri Press. In this presentation he will talk about how the Galapagos works – why it is the way it is, and how the lives of some of the “Galapagos Royalty” are woven into the tapestry of life.

Northwestern Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, October 1, 2011

This area 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: Sue Robert and Libby Hill.

Northwestern Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, September 24, 2011

This area 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: Sue Robert and Libby Hill.

Mississippi Palisades and River NEW TRIP!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The wide waters of the Mississippi and Savanna Army Depot. Look for hawks and landbirds. Meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Starbucks on Lake Cook Rd and Rte 83 in Buffalo Grove for the 2.5 hour drive to the river. Reservations with leader required. Contact leader Dave Johnson, 224-567-9650 or djohnsoda@comcast.net.

Waukegan and Illinois Beach State Park

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at McDonald’s at Rt. 132 and Sheridan Rd. in Waukegan to see a variety of land and lake migrants. Leaders: Sulli Gibson and Dick Paulson.

Lake Calumet Sewage Ponds

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday! Don’t miss this special opportunity to visit the region’s premier shorebird site. Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:15 a.m. Directions: From I-94, exit at 130th St. Go west about ? mile to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District sign. Turn right on the paved road and proceed to the guard house. Trip ends around 11 a.m. Limit: 20. Sign-up for this field trip is required. Registration forms will be available through Libby Hill, 847-475-2096 or libbyhill@comcast.net. Completed forms must be turned in by July 10. Forms must be sent by snail mail to 2715 Woodland Rd, Evanston, IL 60201 and must include a copy of a government-issued photo ID.

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