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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: “Gulls – More Than Meets the Eye”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Amar Ayyash. Often approached with apprehension, gulls have gained a love-hate relationship with many birders. Among these larids are some of the most coveted bird species in the world, yet some are so commonplace that we don’t often give them a second look. Why should we even care about gulls? Come hear Amar Ayyash delight in this diverse group of “seabirds”. Recent genetic data and frequent hybridization in this family compel us to reassess the very concept of a species. Amar will touch on these topics as he highlights key identification field marks for separating our winter gull species. He’ll also touch on some often-ignored topics such as the aging process and molt. Come learn why an increasing number of people are being drawn to this family of birds and brush up on your gull ID skills before the Gull Frolic!

PROGRAM: “Changing Chicago Birdlife”

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Josh Engel: The historic literature provides a wealth of information about what Chicago-area birdlife was once like. From Robert Kennicott's time in the early 1800s to William Dreuth, who kept careful notes during his daily outings in Lincoln Park from 1928-1943, we have an abundance of data that gives us a historical baseline. Suffice it to say, times have changed! Josh will compare Chicago's birdlife today with what it was like over the last two centuries and will examine how things might continue to change in the face of climate and habitat changes that are underway right now. 

PROGRAM:“ New Zealand”

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Nancy Halliday:  Nancy will narrate and illustrate her experiences from her birding trip to New Zealand in 2016.

PROGRAM: “Holistic Bird Identification: A Case Study of Warblers”

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Geoff will equip us with a multifaceted approach to converting observation to identification. Identification involves more than just matching a bird to a depiction in a field guide or to a set of Internet photos. A more effective approach considers not only what the bird looks like, but also factors such as behavior, habitat, and vocalization. The warbler family provides an excellent opportunity to apply these tactics, helping you to improve your warbler – and other species – identification skills, just in time for migration.