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Montrose Point

Monday, May 17, 2010

Reservations with the leader required. Meet at 5:00 a.m. at the Magic Hedge entrance sign along Montrose Harbor Dr. From Lakeshore Dr. take Montrose Ave. east to Montrose Harbor Dr. Turn right (east) and park along the bend in the road. Leader: David B. Johnson,, 847-459-3989

Foley Pond

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tucked between the 1st and 2nd holes of the Sunset Valley Golf Course, Foley Pond is encircled by a woodland path and is a good rest stop for migrants. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at approximately 1268 McDaniels Ave. in Highland Park. From Green Bay Rd., turn left on Bob-O-Link Rd. and then left on McDaniels. A sign for Foley Pond is about 100 feet on the right. Park on the street. Trip will last about an hour. Leader: Donnie Dann.

Wednesdays at Ryerson Conservation Area

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Join these early morning trips to help start your work day. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Ryerson in front of Brushwood (the old visitor's center)off Riverwoods Rd. between Rte. 22 and Deerfield Rd. As you drive in off Riverwoods Rd., make the first left at the white wooden gates. Leader: Gary Hantsbarger

PROGRAM: The Nature of Birding

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In a unique program, we have assembled a panel of local birders each representing a different approach to this captivating activity. Panel members will discuss many topics including the allures of birding, tactics for finding birds, and how birding has changed over the years. Hosted by Joel Greenberg, the panel will be comprised of Walter Marcisz, Sebastion Patti, and one more person yet to be named. Audience participation is encouraged so come prepared for a lively discussion on everyone’s favorite obsession.

PROGRAM: History of Bird Photography

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bird Club President Dr. Tim Wallace is a superb bird photographer who has assembled a large collection of books that illustrate how bird photography has evolved over the years. He will show amazing shots taken by the early practitioners and tell the equally amazing stories that are associated with the images.

PROGRAM: Birding Jackson Park

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Paul Clyne knows the birds of Jackson Park better than anyone, and in a rare north side appearance, he shares his knowledge and experiences birding this remarkable park on Chicago’s south side. Designed by Fredrick Olmstead as the setting of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, this park consisting of woods, grasslands, and lagoons is one of the great birding locations in the region. And Paul has studied its avian life with meticulous care, amassing detailed notes of his decades of birding here. His insights and anecdotes will provide the perfect tonic for those who can’t wait for the start of spring migration.

PROGRAM: The Natural History of Madagascar

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Bird Club’s own Josh Engel, now an international bird tour leader, takes us on a virtual trip to one of his favorite places: Madagascar, rightly called one of the world's best natural history destinations.  Not only are half of all of its birds found nowhere else in the world (some 120 endemic species), but the same goes for every one of its terrestrial mammals, nearly all of its reptiles and amphibians, and a majority of its 10000 plant species.  This illustrated talk will survey the incredible diversity of habitats on the Red Island, from the desert-like spiny forest to the rainforest, focusing in particular on the island's incredible birdlife, spectacular mammals, and bizarre reptiles and amphibians. 

Eagles, Eagles, Eagles! Lock and Dam 13 on the Mississippi River

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Reservations with the leader required by January 18, 2010. View all ages of bald eagles at Lock and Dam 13. Additional areas will be visited to see a variety of duck and other winter birds. Carpooling is encouraged! Leader: Tim Wallace,, 847-548-2654.

PROGRAM: Early Bird Project: Unraveling the Avian Tree of Life

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dr. Shannon Hackett, Associate Curator of Birds at the Field Museum, will talk about the exciting new results of the five-year National Science Foundation "Tree of Life" project.   She and her colleagues gathered the largest DNA sequence data set of its kind which they used to investigate the evolutionary relationships of all orders and families of birds.  Come hear how the tree of birds has been shaken.

Northwest Indiana (Miller Beach, Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Join this all-day trip to see a variety of fall migrants. We will also visit other sites in the area. Trip ends at JPFWA at dusk at the elevated viewing platform to see thousand of sandhill cranes. Participants can meet at the home of Joel Greenberg at 6:30 a.m. or in Miller, IN at 7:30 a.m. Contact the leader for more details. Leader: Joel Greenberg,, 630-725-9416.

PROGRAM: "Life List"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Our Ruth Milgram speaker for this year is Olivia Gentile whose recent book “Life List” is a wonderfully nuanced portrait of the great Phoebe Snetsinger, the first person in the world to see 8,000 birds. Phoebe was certainly single-minded in her avian quest, but only someone with incredible mental strength could have accomplished what she did. Olivia had access to Phoebe’s personal papers and interviewed scores of people in writing this highly acclaimed book about an extraordinary person, whom many of us in this region had the privilege of knowing. There will be copies of “Life List” for sale which Olivia will be happy to sign.

Illinois Beach State Park, Camp Logan: Hawks

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Reservations with the leader required. A great spot for hawkwatching is Sailing Beach. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Sailing Beach entrance shelter off Camp Logan (17th Street in Zion). If hawkwatching is slow the leader will decide to bird elsewhere. Leader: David B. Johnson,, 847-459-3989

Gillson Park NEW TRIP!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Illinois shoreline juts farthest into the lake at this Wilmette park making it an excellent spot to observe migrant passerines in the tall trees and wildflowers and shorebirds on the beach. This trip is cosponsored by ENSBC and Go Green Wilmette. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the top of the Wallace Bowl near the Lakeview Center. Leaders: Brian Herriott and Harry Drucker.

PROGRAM: Ninetieth Birthday Party

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Join us as the Evanston North Shore Bird Club celebrates its 90th birthday. We encourage members to bring pictures of their nature outings (no more than 10, please) to share with the club. In addition to presentations, Board Members will provide desserts to share. If you are presenting a slide show, please come early for loading it. And/or, be sure to arrive early for grazing.

Montrose Point and Chicago-area sod farms

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Reservations with the leader required. Start at Montrose to look for shorebirds and then bird on a sea of grass at local sod farms! Target birds: buff-breasted sandpiper, American golden-plover, and other “grasspipers.” Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Magic Hedge entrance sign along Montrose Harbor Dr. From Lakeshore Dr. take Montrose Ave. east to Montrose Harbor Dr. Turn right (east) and park along the bend in the road. Leaders: David B. Johnson,

Lake Calumet Sewage Ponds

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday - Don't miss this rare opportunity to visit the region's premier shorebird site. Late July should be an excellent time to see many migrants. Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:15 a.m. Trip ends around 11 a.m. Leader: Joel Greenberg. Limit: 20. Sign-up for this field trip is required. Registration forms and information are available through Libby Hill, 847-475-2096 or Completed forms must be turned in by June 10 by snail mail.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Saturday, June 20, 2009

June 20, 2009 - Saturday Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. LIMITED TRIP, OPEN ONLY to the first 15 to sign up. Bird one the best places in the Chicago area to see upland sandpipers. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Midewin Welcome Center located at 30239 South State Rt. 53 in Wilmington, IL to organize a car pool into Midewin at 8:00 a.m. with an interpretive naturalist. Trip will last approximately 2.5 hours. Dress appropriately for ticks and weather. More info (and directions) at: RSVP to Jeanette Jaskula, 847-869-4671 or

Volo Bog: NEW TRIP

Saturday, May 30, 2009

“The Other Side of the Road” at Volo Bog. Bird the less-traveled trails west of Brandenburg Rd. at this beautiful state natural area. Expect about a 2.5 mile hike (about 3 hours) through old fields, woodlands, prairie, and bogs. Target birds include flycatchers, bluebirds, and late migrants. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the parking lot at the Visitor Center on Brandenburg Rd., west of Rt. 12. Bring along water and bug repellent. After the hike, participants can visit the Visitor Center and bird additional trails. Leader: Margo Milde.

Canoe the Channel NEW TRIP!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

LIMITED TRIP, OPEN ONLY to the first 8 to sign up. Canoe (or kayak) the North Shore Channel with local birder, Matthew Cvetas. Participants can launch their own canoe or rent one at Chicago River Canoe and Kayak. Rental rates are $15/hour for canoes/single kayaks or $20/hour for tandem kayaks. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Chicago River Canoe and Kayak at 3220 Oakton St. (just east of McCormick Blvd.). Participants can canoe for 2 hours with Matthew or have the option to leave earlier. Participants are required to sign a waiver before canoeing. Reservations with the leader required. Leader: Matthew Cvetas,

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 22, 2009

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration and what a spectacle these little jewels will be – dressed in spring plumage and singing away! Meet at 8:00 a.m. on Friday in the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd just east of Edens Expressway. Leader may decide to carpool to nearby location, so stay in the parking lot area. Leaders: Ray Pershing and Eleonora diLiscia.