Field Trips

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Field trips sponsored by the Evanston North Shore Bird Club are open to everyone.  Beginners are encouraged on all ENSBC field trips. What's more, all local field trips are FREE! Car pooling is encouraged on all field trips. Always check the website for possible changes in dates, times, locations, leaders, etc. Contact the individual leader or the Field Trip Chairman if you need more details on specific trips, or are looking for someone to carpool with -- numbers are listed in the membership directory pages.

Most local trips are two-hours long and require no reservations.  For trips that might be half-day, all day or even over a weekend. reservations with the leader are required. If you have an idea for a possible future trip, or would like to lead a future trip, please contact the Field Trip Chair.

Most of the locations of field trips are on level, well drained ground, but a few take you to some muddy areas, or it may have recently rained and the trails may be waterlogged. A successful birding trip is a well planned trip; please bring along boots and rain gear as necessary, as well as snacks and water or something to drink to make every outing an enjoyable one. A final tip to good Chicagoland birding: a reliable local map is indispensable, whether an actual map or on your iphone.

Carpooling is strongly recommended on ENSBC field trips.

FIELD TRIP: Gillson Park

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Gillson Park, Wilmette. Bird Walks in Gillson Park are sponsored by our partners Go Green Wilmette. Meet at 8 a.m. at the top of the Wallace Bowl amphitheater. Street parking. For more information, contact

Plum Creek Forest Preserve, 5th Annual Trip

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the forest reserve parking lot on the east side of Burnham Rd., about 1 mile south of Sauk Trail.  Leader.  Josh Engel.  Limit of 10, RSVP to Josh at

Field Trip: Calumet Sewage Ponds

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Don't miss this opportunity to visit the region's premier shorebird site.  Combined trip with Chicago Ornithological Society.  Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:30 a.m. Trip ends at 11 a.m. Limit 25 people.

Advance signup-for this trip is required.  Registration forms are available from Walter Marcisz, or 773-646-3034 or 312-206-9889 (cell). Completed forms must be turned in by July 17.  Send forms by snail mail to Walter Marcisz, 13416 S. Mackinaw Ave., Chicago, IL 60633. 

No cameras but scopes and binoculars OK.  Directions will be provided by Walter Marcisz.