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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: Steven Mlodinow, "Stop and Smell the Butterflies"

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

An increasing number of birders are expanding their interests into other arenas of natural history, particularly entomology. Steven Mlodinow joined ENSBC in 1972 at age 10, and with the club’s help, published Chicago Area Birds in 1984.  He also coauthored America's 100 Most Wanted Birds and Birds of Washington (with next month’s speaker Bill Tweit) as well as serving as an editor for North American Birds for over 20 years. His photos have appeared in numerous field guides and have been used by Nature Conservancy, Pronatura, National Audubon, and even the U.S. State Department and NASA, to promote conservation. After a long tenure practicing family medicine in the Seattle area, he continues his work as a doctor in Colorado, where he also spends time observing and photographing nature’s ever-present surprises. Steven will share his journey from backyard birder to naturalist through vivid images and entertaining anecdotes, many of which involve members of the ENSBC, past and present.

Fourth in a series of Special Programs celebrating ENSBC's 100th anniversary year.

PROGRAM: Bill Tweit: "Citizen Science: a Personal History"

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Bill Tweit was first exposed to citizen Science through ENSBC as a preteen growing up in Wilmette, when he met Joel Greenberg, Bob Russell and Kim Eckert, who introduced him to birding on a bigger scale.   After graduating from high school, he moved to the Pacific Northwest where pelagic birding and mountains have kept him enthralled ever since.  He is now responsible for managing the salmon fisheries in the Columbia River and representing Washington on the Council that oversees the groundfish harvest in the rich waters off Alaska.  Birding has remained a constant in his life, both as a relief valve and as a way to contribute to conservation.  He is a regular contributor to a broad range of citizen science projects: Christmas Bird Counts, Breeding Bird Surveys, eBird, COASST (monitoring beached birds), Westport Seabirds (counting birds offshore since the 1970s), and he was one of three authors (including our Septemher speaker, Steven Mlodinow) of Birds of Washington, published in 2005.  Bill will compare three very different approaches to citizen science, providing an instructive overview of the benefits that it provides for conservation.


Fifth in a series of special programs celebrating ENSBC's 100th anniversary year.

PROGRAM:Bethany Barratt, “Birding in Wonderland: Yellowstone

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Yellowstone may be the antithesis of a birding paradise: despite its rich biodiversity, in few American settings are birds more likely to be eclipsed by larger terrestrial fauna. Yet there are few places on the continent where birds have more to teach us: as one of the largest (mostly) intact temperate ecosystems in the world, the Park is a vast natural laboratory for studying species interactions, climate change, disease pathology, and more. Bethany Barratt, who is on the faculty at Roosevelt University, has volunteered for the National Park Service in various roles that have included thought provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious opportunities to consider future relationships between humans and other species in our National Parks.

Please note the meeting location: Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, in the Linton Room, 7:30 pm.  Also, this is the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

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 has included improving and promoting community-based tourism with a local NGO on the north coast of Honduras and developing various tourism and guide-training projects there, including in birding tourism.  He will discuss the importance of Honduras to the extraordinary diversity of birds there, including many migrants that will be familiar to bird club members. He will also touch on how birders can be part of the solution by participating in the small but growing ecotourism industry of Honduras. As part of supporting the importance of tourism to Honduras, ENSBC is working with him and Josh Engel of Red Hill Birding to organize a birding trip to Honduras in March 2021. He currently lives in Lake County.