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Christmas Bird Count Chicago Urban Count

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Chicago Urban Christmas Bird Count  Contact Coordinator Jeffrey Sanders   yellowstart5@yahoo.com

 

PROGRAM: Heather Skeen, “Kirtland’s Warblers’ Microbiomes”

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

What is a microbiome? Within each bird there are communities of micro-organisms that interact with each other, the host bird, and the environment.  This community is known collectively as the microbiome.  Kirtland’s Warblers offer a unique opportunity to understand how the changing environments of migratory birds impact the composition of the microbiome.  In her presentation, Heather Skeen, of the Integrative Research Center at the Field Museum  will describe research centered around the microbiomes of individual Kirtland’s Warblers that were tracked using geolocators from The Bahamas to Michigan

Field Trip: Jeff Sanders Annual Fall Specialty Trip

Sunday, November 21, 2021

North Shore lakefront. 51st Annual Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip.  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 Gillson Park Beach.  If you want to see way out onto the lake, bring your own scope.

For more details and to sign up, contact Jeff Sanders at yellowstart5@yahoo.com

PROGRAM: Peggy McNamara, “Evolution of the Artist in Residence at the Field Museum.”

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Peggy Mcnamara was an Art History major with little scientific experience.  Circumstances brought her to the Field Museum in her mid-to-late 20s. She came every day and drew from the exhibits, eventually landing in birds.  Birds charmed her.  Her subject matter evolved from birds in museum cases into birds in their habitat, then birds migrating and birds nesting, and on and on.  She published four books with the University of Chicago Press.  She will tell the rest of her story during her program.

Northwestern University Campus

Sunday, October 10, 2021
Expect to see plenty of sparrows as October is their peak migration time. Also look for late fall warblers like Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, and Palm, both kinglets, Brown Creepers, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.  With luck and some strong strong eastern winds, we might see jaegers or Franklin's Gulls on the lake.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. NEW PARKING AND MEETING LOCATION:  We will meet at the north end of campus.  Turn east on Lincoln Street into the campus. You will be on Campus Drive. Stay on Campus Drive,  which winds around several buildings until you get to the parking lot by the lake.  Leader:  Vlad Nevirkovets and Sarah Flax.
 

 

Register at libbyhill@comcast.net.

Cape May FULL

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Special for the Evanston North Shore Bird Club

Tour leaders: Josh Engel and Jason Weckstein

$1420 per person sharing; $320 single supplement)

Maximum 14 participants

 

Cape May is a magical place in fall. Birds pour south along the east coast, and many of them end up at the bottom of New Jersey. The diversity of habitats means that there's always birds to look at, whether it's songbird migrants, shorebirds, saltmarsh specialties, ducks, arriving seabirds, or the incredible raptor migration. This is an easy trip, staying at one hotel the whole time and enjoying Cape May’s charming restaurants in addition to its mouthwatering birding.

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM: John Bates, "Why, and How do Birds Molt their Feathers?"

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

During development and as part of their annual cycles all birds change their feathers through molts.  Across all birds, this has led to a wide array of molt strategies in different species.  John Bates, Curator of Birds at the Field Museum, will give an overview of how, when, and why birds molt, emphasizing how community scientists can participate in documenting molts as you go birdwatching throughout the year.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Northwestern University Campus.  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 8:00 a.m. Leaders: Libby Hill, Sarah Flax and Owen Woodhouse.

Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Perkins Woods. Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: John Bates and Josh Engel.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Northwestern University Campus.  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 8:00 a.m. Leaders: Libby Hill, Sarah Flax and Owen Woodhouse.

Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Perkins Woods. Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: John Bates and Josh Engel.

Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Perkins Woods. Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: John Bates and Josh Engel.

NEW FIELD TRIP: Techny Basin

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Look for migrating shorebirds and ducks and whatever else we can find.  Meet behind the Sheraton Hotel on the north side of Willow road at 7:30 a.m. To get to Techny Basin, turn north from Willow Rd. onto Founders Drive, then turn left into the Sheraton Hotel parking lot and park as far west as you can to find our meeting spot.  If you have a scope, please bring it.  Register with Field Trip Chair Libby Hill at libbyhill@comcast.net so we know to expect you.  Leader:  Owen Woodhouse. Owen is one of the young birders who will be leading some of our future field trips.

Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Perkins Woods. Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: John Bates and Josh Engel.

Plum Creek Forest Preserve SPACE AVAILABLE

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Plum Creek Forest Preserve.  Directions: We will meet at 7:30 in the main forest preserve parking lot, on the east side of Burnham Avenue, south of Sauk Trail.  Return to Evanston by 12:30, or stop for lunch on the way home.  Plum Creek FP is about an hour south of Evanston, via Rte 94/394/Sauk Trail. Detailed directions will be provided before the trip. 

 Limit 6-8 participants.  Leader:  Josh Engel.

Gillson Park

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sunday mornings at Gillson Park.  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 kglennemeier@gmail.com

Pre-registration Not Necessary.

Canal Shores Golf Course South Loop

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Meet at 7:30 am. Register in advance with matthewarooney @gmail.com. Walks are limited to 10 participants, masks and social distancing and your own binoculars required. We will be birding the South Loop. Meet east of the Canal near the 18th green.Four hours of free parking on Lincoln Street, Evanston.

Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 28, 2021

Friday mornings at Skokie Lagoons.  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.

Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Thursday mornings in Perkins Woods.  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 and/or Josh Engel.

Gillson Park

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Sunday mornings at Gillson Park.  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 kglennemeier@gmail.com

Pre-registration Not Necessary.

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