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Field Trip: West Ridge Nature Park

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

We will look for warblers and other migrants, local raptors and more. (Date to be confirmed in April.)

Meet at 8:30 a.m. at WRNP main entrance (5801 N. Western Avenue). Free parking on both sides of Western Avenue.

Leader: Scott Judd


Field Trip: Harbert Payne Park, Evanston

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Look for early spring warblers and other migrants in one of Evanston's newest ecologically managed sites along the North Shore Channel.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the parking lot at the intersection of Bradley Place and McDaniel Avenue, enter from Main Street.

Leader: Judy Pollock


Field Trip: Gillson Park Sunday Walks

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Go Green Wilmette partners with the Wilmette Park District to host bird walks at Gillson Park during Spring migration.

Meet at 8 a.m. at the purple martin house next to the Coast Guard station building.

Leader: Varies; for more information contact Annie Wolter,



Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Illinois State Spring bird count. 

Details TBA


Field Trip: Waukegan Beach (rain date)

Friday, May 3, 2024

This is a rain date for Waukegan Beach Field Trip scheduled Wednesday, May 1.


Field Trip: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Perkins Woods is a hotspot for warblers and other migrating birds. Look for spring wildflowers, too.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Street; park along Ewing Avenue.

Leader: John Bates


Field Trip: Waukegan Beach

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

We will spend the morning birding the beach, swales, and wooded lots of the Waukegan Beach area. On the beach, we will be targeting migrant shorebirds. In the wooded lots and beachfront park, migrant warblers can be abundant on the right day. We will be hiking around 1-2 miles at a birder's pace. Leader will have a scope but you are welcome to bring one. Hiking boots or sneakers are both appropriate, but be prepared for walking on sand. Duration about 3 hours. Rain date Friday, May 3, 2024.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. , see pin at

Leader: Adam Sell

Registration is required and space is limited to 10 participants. Register with Libby Hill at


Big Marsh Park

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Big Marsh is an extensive urban wetland for water-loving birds including familiar species like Great Blue Herons,Great Egrets and Mallards, as well as lesser-known and highly secretive marsh birds like Virginia Rail, Least Bittern and Common Gallinule.

Meet 7 a.m. at the Ford Calumet Environmental Center.

Register with

Leader: Carl Giometti 


Field Trip: Gillson Park Sunday Walks

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Go Green Wilmette partners with the Wilmette Park District to host bird walks at Gillson Park during Spring migration.

Meet at 8 a.m. at the purple martin house next to the Coast Guard station building.

Leader: Varies; for more information contact Annie Wolter,


PROGRAM: Chris Whelan "Nests and Nesting Ecology"

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

In person at Robert Crown Community Center, 1801 Main St., Evanston

Chris Whelan, University of Illinois at Chicago: "Nests and Nesting Ecology"

The amazing diversity of bird species on Earth is matched by the diversity of nests that birds build, and the unique nesting ecology of each bird species. While some nests share certain characteristics (e.g., open cup, platform, pendulous, among many others), the nest of each species is unique. Many bird species are master builders -- to verify this, just try to construct a nest out of grass clippings and twigs yourselves. There are exceptions to this of course -- many species simply create a shallow scrape, and the familiar mourning dove builds nests so flimsy that they often do not last through the entire nest attempt. In this presentation, we will consider the diversity of nests, review what is known about bird nest-construction behavior, and highlight the importance of nesting ecology in the life history of birds. We will consider how human activity has affected nesting ecology, both for the good and for the bad.  Chris Whelan, in the Biology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, will share techniques for studying and quantifying bird nesting ecology, and some of the controversies surrounding some of these techniques. The overall goal is to develop a greater appreciation for this amazing and critical aspect of bird biology and natural history.

Field Trip: Woodcock Walk at Air Station Prairie

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Our first opportunity this spring to look for the magical displays of the woodcocks at dusk.

Meet at 6:45 p.m., on the deck of the Tyner Interpretive Center at Air Station Prairie, Glenview.

Leader: Jeff Sanders


Field Trip: Looney Trip, Lake County

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Join David Johnson for another of his special trips around the Lake County lakes looking for loons, pelicans, ducks, and anything else we can find. 

Meeting at 8:30 a.m., Gale Street Inn, parking lot, Mundelein.

Register with David Johnson,

Leader: David Johnson


PROGRAM: Vic Berardi

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Hawkwatching in Northeastern Illinois: Vic Berardi

In person at Robert Crown Community Center 7:30 p.m.

Vic Verardi is a long time ENSBC member and a long-time hawkwatcher and terrific photographer.  Vic's presentation will include all the raptors regularly seen at the hawk watches in Northeastern Illinois during the fall migration period, including Illinois Beach State Park, Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve and the Greene Valley Forest Preserve. He will highlight favorable times of the fall for sightings of each species along with several photos describing them.  He will also include charts showing trends over the sites' 24 years of data collecting and some insight on why.

PROGRAM: Bob Dolgan "Films and Fluddles"

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

On Zoom. Social Time begins at 7:00 p.m. Program begins at 7:30.


What do "FILMS AND FLUDDLES" Montrose Point, The Magic Stump, and fluddles have in common? They are all topics of Bob Dolgan's films. Bob will join us to share excerpts of his work and some behind-the-scenes stories from the making of these films. He'll also highlight continued opportunities for advocacy and conservation. Dolgan is a birder, journalist, filmmaker, and marketer who has made two films about Chicago's late Piping Plovers, Monty and Rose.  His films "The Magic Stump" and "Fluddles" are the first two in a Prairie State trilogy about Illinois.

PROGRAM: Ari Rice: "Birds and Hybridization"

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

On Zoom

Ari Rice

Approximately 16% of all bird species have been known to interbreed (i.e., hybridize) with each other, and thanks to genetic tools, eBird, and increasing numbers of attentive birders, the list keeps growing. Ari Rice is a lifelong ENSCBC member and PhD student at Texas Tech University who studies the genetic, ecological, and evolutionary outcomes of avian hybridization. Join him for a talk on why some species hybridize more than others, what can be learned from each case of hybridization, and what hybridization means for birders and bird conservation. A significant portion of this talk will also focus on his current research, which involves an unusual and little-known population of hybrid Virginia's x Colima warblers in the mountains of West Texas.

ENSBC CBC Countdown

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

On Zoom, 7 p.m. ENSBC Christmas Bird Count Countdown

ENSBC Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Contact John Leonard, to participate in the count.  The countdown party will be on zoom, starting at 6 pm.

To participate in the Feeder Count, contact Joel Greenberg,


PROGRAM; Dan Klem: "Solid Air" - Birds and Buildings

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Dan Klem: "Solid Air" - Birds and Buildings

On Zoom

The Zoom will open at 7 p.m. for social time, and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m.


Daniel Klem is the author of Solid Air, Invisible Killer: Saving Billions of Birds from Windows.  From the editorial reviews by David Allen Sibley: “A thorough, important, and ultimately hopeful review of everything that is known about bird-window collisions, by the world’s leading expert in the field.  This book is filled with useful information that should help all of us tackle this insidious problem.” Klem did the original research on bird-window collisions at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale beginning in 1974. He is currently Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where, among other activities, he serves as technical consultant to glass manufacturers developing bird-safe sheet glass.  Dan will provide an overview of his book as well as his sometimes surprising most recent work. 


PROGRAM: John Bates "Bermuda"

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

at the Levy Center - 7:30 p.m. Bobby's Room

Bermuda is 54 square miles of islands in the Atlantic Ocean and is a destination for tourists lying 650 miles east of North Carolina and is about the same distance from Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.  Despite its isolation, almost 400 bird species have been recorded here.  In April 2023, John Bates, Curator of Birds, Negaunee Integrative Research Center, Field Museum, and University of Chicago graduate student Louise Bodt organized a trip to study and sample European Goldfinches which have been living on the island for over 100 years.  Working with local experts they visited multiple sites on the island.  They will present on the birds of Bermuda based on their ongoing research and what they learned on their trip.


PROGRAM: Finding Owls in Your Neighborhood

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Mark Glenshaw: Finding Owls in Your Neighborhood

Co-sponsored with Lake Cook Audubon

at Heller Nature Center 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035, 7 pm

Mark H.X. Glenshaw has spent nearly 20 years studying a family of Great Horned Owls in Forest Park, a large urban park in St. Louis, and shares his love of owls through lectures, owl prowls and more. In this program,  Glenshaw will explain how to find owls on your own – whether in a subdivision, city neighborhood, pocket park or large public park. He will discuss the three species of owl you are most likely to see or hear, how to look for them in a safe and ethical manner, how to spot them in trees as well as from the evidence they leave on the ground, what to listen for including both owl calls and the warning calls of other birds and animals, and the importance of research and collaboration.