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PROGRAM: Birding Ecuador

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Some 1600 bird species inhabit Ecuador.  Quito is the highest capital city in the world at 9,200 ft.  And what better city to begin viewing the country's high Andes birds at Antisani  & Yanacocha reserves, Tandayapa Valley; then other reserves: Rio Silanche, Milpe, Mindo, Paz de las Aves, and Mashpi.  Andean Condor, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Toucan-Barbet, Cock-of-the-Rock, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, hummingbirds, tanagers, manakins, and Antpittas abound and are quite viewable!  This program by David Johnson will touch on all of these wonderful areas and birds.

6th Annual Memorial Ralph Herbst Duck Trip

Sunday, March 20, 2016

6th Annual Memorial Ralph Herbst Duck Trip. Bird the lakes and ponds of the Palos region for a variety of spring waterfowl. Meet at 7:30 a.m. From I-55, exit south on to US Rte. 45/LaGrange Rd. Head straight south to the McGinnis Slough parking lot on the west side of LaGrange Rd. Leader: Jeff Sanders. (Important Note: Contact Jeff Sanders --, or 847-657-6431 the night before if you have questions about whether the ponds are frozen and whether the trip will be on as scheduled.)

PROGRAM: "City Creatures"

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

“City Creatures”: We usually think of cities as the domain of humans—but we are just one of thousands of species that call the urban landscape home. Through a unique and accessible mix of essays, poetry, paintings, and photographs, the recently published City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness introduces readers to an astonishing diversity of urban wildlife. Gavin Van Horn,. Director of Cultures of Conservation for the Center for Humans and Nature, and co-editor of City Creatures, will present an illustrated talk and stories about how urban wildlife can connect us to place, from our backyards to our bioregion.

16th Annual Gull Frolic

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Gull Frolic is a unique winter event at Illinois’ premier gull-watching hotspot: North Point Marina. Bring your binoculars, scope and cold weather gear, and join birders outside of the yacht club to enjoy close study of some of our harder-to-find winter species such as Thayer’s, Iceland and Glaucous Gulls!  A variety of waterfowl typically make an appearance too (scoters and other diving ducks), along with the occasional raptor, owl, or winter finch. Birders wearing bright orange hats will be available to help answer questions along the “boardwalk”.  Start time is 9:30 a.m. ENSBC is one of the sponsors. To learn more and to register:


PROGRAM: Namibia!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Josh Engel fell in love with the southwestern part of Africa from the first time he set foot there in 2006. Even after a dozen trips to Namibia and Botswana, their wide-open expanses, easy and wonderful birding, abundant animals, stunning scenery, and friendly people still make him giddy with excitement. Desert habitats predominate across the region, but they take myriad forms: from the coastal sand dunes, across the rocky central highlands and the scrub-filled Kalahari sands, to the lush Okavango Delta. All are filled with incredible birds and mammals, and Josh will present a lavishly illustrated virtual tour across one of his favorite parts of the world.

Waukegan Christmas Count

Friday, January 1, 2016

Waukegan Christmas Count
Compiler: Joel Greenberg, 630-725-9416

Chicago-North Shore Christmas Count

Saturday, December 26, 2015

55th  Chicago-North Shore Count and ENSBC Post-Count Potluck dinner at Libby Hill’s house, 2715 Woodland Rd, Evanston.  Arrive any time after 4 pm. Contact Libby at  847-475-2096 or for suggestions about food for the putluck.  Compiler: Tim Wallace, 847-548-2654.  Feeder Count Compiler: Eleonora di Liscia, 847-568-0160.

Chicago Lakefront Christmas Count

Friday, December 25, 2015

Chicago Lakefront Christmas Count
Compiler: Joel Greenberg, 630-725-9416

Chicago Urban Christmas Count

Sunday, December 20, 2015

50th Chicago Urban Count.
Compiler:  Jeffrey Sanders, 847-657-6431

A Birder’s Trip to Cuba

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Roberta Asher will present This a multi-media presentation about an IOS-sponsored trip to Cuba.  Cuba is one of the most important countries for neotropical migratory birds.  A total of 370 species have been recorded on the island.  Cuba has 26 endemic bird species and 25 endemic subspecies including the small, but spectacularly colorful, Cuban Tody, the elegant Cuban Trogon, and the Bee Hummingbird (the tiniest hummingbird in the world).   This presentation will highlight many of the birds seen on this trip.  In addition, Cuba is an island full of 50’s nostalgia, enchanting scenery, rich culture, friendly people, spectacular architecture, and alluring music. Experience the sights and sounds of today’s Cuba, from the street scenes and music of Havana, to pastoral countryside.   Learn what to expect when you go birding in Cuba – birds and then some.

Jeff Sanders' Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore Lakefront

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip!  North Shore lakefront. 46th Annual Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip. North Shore lakefront – Northwestern, Gillson Park, Maple Park, Tower Road Park, Park Ave., Rose Beach in Highland Park, and other areas as time permits. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Northwestern University beach. Go east on Lincoln St. from Sheridan Rd., turn south past the giant fitness center, then turn east (left) and go almost to the end. Bring scopes and dress for cold lake wind. Leader: Jeff Sanders.

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP! The Mighty Mississippi

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP. The Mighty Mississippi. Savanna, Thomson area of Carroll County, Illinois along the Upper Mississippi River NWR area.  November 14-15. Target species include Bald Eagles and 100s of Tundra Swans and other waterfowl and lingering land birds.  Overnight in Savanna Saturday only.  Travel early Saturday morning.  Return Sunday afternoon. Dinner in Galena Area. $25 deposit.  $50 double occupancy. $100 single occupancy. Limited to 12 participants.  RSVP with Leader David Johnson at

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP! The Mighty Mississippi

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Weekend Getaway NEW TRIP. The Mighty Mississippi. Savanna, Thomson area of Carroll County, Illinois along the Upper Mississippi River NWR area.  November 14-15. Target species include Bald Eagles and 100s of Tundra Swans and other waterfowl and lingering land birds.  Overnight in Savanna Saturday only.  Travel early Saturday morning.  Return Sunday afternoon. Dinner in Galena Area. $25 deposit.  $50 double occupancy. $100 single occupancy. Limited to 12 participants.  RSVP with Leader David Johnson at

Owls: Mysterious Creatures of the Night.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

With the Northern Saw-whet Owl as her “spark bird”, Alexandra Forsythe has taken a special interest in owls.  Many of us have extensive life lists, but we know very little about owls. These creatures of the night have unique adaptations, abilities and behaviors that have rarely been studied, each owl species different from the next. Learn more about these special birds of prey during this highly entertaining and interactive presentation by Alexandra Forsythe. She is an experienced raptor rehabber for Soarin’ Hawk, and a long-time participant in Project Owlnet. She is the author of the Indiana Audubon Society’s “Bird of the Month” articles, and Youth Advisor for Indiana Audubon Society. At just 15, she is Indiana’s first Young Birder of the Year and a highly sought-after speaker. She will be introduced by Joel Greenberg. NOTE: CHANGE OF VENUE!! THIS MEETING WILL BE AT THE LEVY CENTER IN EVANSTON, 300 DODGE, IN THE LINDEN ROOM.  PLENTY OF PARKING.  SAME TIME: 7:30

Daniel Wright Woods

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Daniel Wright Woods. Target birds are sparrows, other late migrants, and a few hawks if the winds are right.  Daniel Wright Woods is located at the intersection of St. Mary's and Everett Roads.  From that point, turn south into the preserve.  Meet in the first parking lot at 7:30 a.m.  Directions:  From the south, take I-94 or Rte. 41 north to Rte. 22, go west to Riverwoods Rd., then go north to Everett Rd., then go west to St. Mary's Rd.  From the north, take I-94 or Rte. 41 south to Rte. 60, go west to St. Mary's Rd., then south to the entrance.  Leader:  Jeff Sanders

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary Dedication

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Birds and Song: A Community Celebration
Join us on Saturday, October 17, from 3:30-4:30 to celebrate the installation of the Clark Street Bird Sanctuary. This Sanctuary along the lake has been designed as a safe haven for migrating birds to rest and find food as they fly to and from their breeding grounds. Enjoy the music of Belize, Dominican Republic and Haiti - places that both people and birds migrate to our community from. Learn more about birds and the Sanctuary and how you can become involved. Come for fun, information, and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to the festivities on the lawn near the Clark St. Beach House. Bring a chair if you don't want to stand. Before and after the ceremony, a bird migration expert from BirdLife International and one of the Sanctuary designers will be available for questions and answers. 

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The NU campus has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed south. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lot off of Sheridan Rd. and Clark St., north of Clark St. beach, at 8:30 a.m. Leaders: Libby Hill and Gary Hantsbarger

Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary "Birds and Bagels"

Saturday, October 3, 2015

“Birds and Bagels,” an informal bird walk at Clark St. Beach Bird Sanctuary. Meet at 10:30 - 11:30 at the Clark St. Beach House.

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles, Spiders and More

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

José-Cristian Martínez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His research includes social insect interactions, woodland restoration and invasive species.  Cristian will discuss his research in ecological restoration and how it influences the insect community as well as his recent collection trip to Costa Rica and his science outreach initiative. (Note: this is the 5th Tuesday in the month.)

Perkins Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve Centennial Walk

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Meet at the kiosk at the corner of Bennett and Grant at 8:30 a.m. for fall warblers and other resident birds.  Register with Limit: 15 people. This is part of the Cook County Forest Preserve’s 100th Anniversary celebration weekend. Leader: Gary Hantsbarger