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The Evanston North Shore Bird Club presents programs every fourth Tuesday of the month, September through April (no December program) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., corner of Bridge St., in Evanston.  Programs are free and open to the public.

For general information about ENSBC, or directions to Program nights, call Libby Hill at 847-475-2096 or Gerry Ginsburg at 847-475-6912, or email


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: 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: 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.