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FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 9, 2019

 Look for warblers and other migrants (and also a great display of spring wildflowers. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St. Park along Ewing Ave.  Leader: John Bates or Josh Engel. 


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

 Expect warblers and other passerines.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at The Grove: east side of Milwaukee Ave., just south of Lake Ave., in the second parking lot that leads to the Interpretive Center. Leader: Nancy Halliday.


FIELD TRIP: Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Join us for a morning at Montrose.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at handicapped parking. Leader: John Leonard.

FIELD TRIP: Gillson Park

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Bird Walks in Gillson Park are sponsored by our partner Go Green Wilmette, Meet at 8 a.m. at the beach by the dog park. Parking is available for non-residents of Wilmette through May. For more information, contact

FIELD TRIP: Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 4, 2019

This area is a stopover for migrants of all kinds heading north in spring.  Park on the lake side 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 TBA.

Illinois Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake Co. assignments (630-725-6660). Contact Alan Anderson ( for Cook Co. assignments.

FIELD TRIP: Fridays at Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 3, 2019

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Erickson Woods Forest Preserve parking lot. Turn north into the parking lot from Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway. Leader: Lynne Carpenter


FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Look for warblers and other migrants (and also a great display of spring wildflowers. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St. Park along Ewing Ave.  Leader: John Bates or Josh Engel. 

“Bird Migration in the Great Lakes, A Twelve Month Spectacle.” Robert Russell

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

We will highlight a series of migrant species that portray the vast range of migration patterns that individual species depict. From Red Knots that winter on Chiloe Island, Chile and Marbled Godwits that cross Lake Superior to winter in Baja to five-ounce thrushes that fly the length of Lake Michigan in a single night, the spectacle of bird migration in the Great Lakes is one of the wonders of Midwestern natural history. Bob Russell is a retired US Fish and Wildlife Service bird biologist who was the shorebird specialist for the Great Lakes region working in 8 different Midwest states.

3rd program in ENSBC's 100th Birthday celebration!


Air Station Prairie Woodcocks.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Come out to see the spectacular aerial displays of the American Woodcock at dusk! The Air Station Prairie in Glenview is a great location for these displays and we may even spot a woodcock on the ground. Meet on the deck of the interpretive center at 6:45 p.m. Dress for the weather.  Leader:Nancy Halliday. 

FIELD TRIP: Looney Trip 100th Birthday event!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Back by popular demand.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at east side of Diamond Lake. Consolidated carpooling from the Gale Street Restaurant parking lot, 935 Diamond Lake Rd. Mundelein. RSVP with leader David B. Johnson: Space limited to 8-9 cars. Trip will end at approx. 2:30 p.m. Lunch at El Puerto, Fox Lake.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Please join the fun for cake and refreshments and camaraderie as we celebrate 100  years of ENSBC!  Talk by Rich Horwitz follows the celebration.  The celebration starts at 7 pm at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston.  Free and Open to the Public. for more information.


“ Confessions of a Counter: From Birder to Scientist.” Richard Horwitz

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Richard Horwitz:  Confessions of a Counter: From Birder to Scientist.    7:45 PM

When Rich Horwitz was 13, his love of birds led to counting them. Now as a scientist at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, his passion for numbers and nature shows us how to protect and conserve other organisms, like fish, and their habitat. Illustrated with humorous personal anecdotes, he will also discuss how population numbers, obtained for one purpose, can be used, or misused, for other purposes. Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Evanston.


Join us for our Official Birthday Party.

7:00 p.m. At the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

“The Changing Bird Life of the Chicago Region" Joel Greenberg

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The first written accounts of local birds were published in the 1850s. This talk looks at fluctuating bird population over the ensuing 150 years. Some birds have disappeared altogether or are barely hanging on, while others have increased dramatically. One surprising example are the two local black corvids. When the prairies were intact, common ravens were the dominant species while crows were restricted to wooded riparian areas. But once the prairie lands were converted to agriculture, the ravens totally disappeared and the crows took over.  Joel has a strong interest in historical natural history and has written three books related to that topic.

Note Location Information: This talk will take place in the Linton Room of the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston. The Levy Center is south of the intersection of Oakton St and Dodge Ave., north of the intersection of Howard St. and Dodge Ave. on the west side of the street. Park in the parking lot.

The first event in our 100th Birthday Celebration Series


Gull Frolic, Sponsored by IOS

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Start Time – 9:30 a.m.

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 Iceland (Thayer’s Iceland and Kumlien’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”.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

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Field Trip: Evanston and Wilmette Winter Birding Highlights

Saturday, February 9, 2019

 Please join us for a joint trip with the Illinois Young Birders and the Evanston North-Shore Bird Club. We will start at the Northwestern University campus, where we will look for ducks and gulls, including the Canvasback that is spending the winter, as well as Black-crowned Night-Herons that sometimes winter here. We will end our visit chumming for gulls, hoping for an Iceland or Glaucous Gull to join the Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. We'll continue on to other nearby spots, including Lighthouse Beach and the Bahai Temple (where there was a Merlin on the recent Christmas Bird Count), before ending at Gillson Park around mid-day. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot.

Map of meeting location 

Directions: From Sheridan Rd. and Lincoln Ave. in Evanston, go east on Lincoln. Follow it as it curves to the south and turns into Campus Dr., around a parking garage, and curves back east and dead ends in a parking lot on the lake. 

Leaders: Josh Engel and Steve Bayer 


PROGRAM: Walter Marcisz and Nat Miller: “Doing it Secretively in the Marsh: How Monitoring of Breeding Marsh Birds is Inspiring Wetland Restoration in the Calumet Region.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wetland birds of the Calumet region have faced precipitous declines over the past 30 years. The conversion of rich marsh to open-water ponds or mono-cultures of invasive species has put secretive marsh species like Common Gallinule, Least Bittern and King Rail on the fast-track to extirpation. However, new and intensive monitoring and wetland restoration is setting the stage for an amazing comeback story. Nat Miller is the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Flyway Director of Conservation for National Audubon Society. Walter Marcisz, our popular speaker, has been a Chicago area birder for over 50 years. 

Waukegan Christmas Count

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Organizer: Joel Greenberg, Compiler: Adam Sell.


Christmas Bird Count: Chicago-North Shore Christmas Count

Saturday, December 29, 2018

56th Chicago-North Shore Count and ENSBC Post-Count Potluck dinner at Libby Hill’s house, 2715 Woodland Rd, Evanston.  Arrive any time after 4 p.m.  Contact Libby Hill at 847-475-2096 or for more information about the dinner. Organizer: Joel Greenberg,

Chicago Lakefront Christmas Count

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Organizer: Joel Greenberg,, Compiler: Geoff Williamson.