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Air Station Prairie Woodcocks NEW TRIP!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

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 pm. Leader: Sulli Gibson.

3rd Annual Ralph Herbst Memorial Duck Trip, Palos Region

Saturday, March 17, 2012

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.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Following on last year’s success, this tour will target Black, Brown-capped, and Gray-crowned Rosy-finches, Crissal and Curve-billed Thrashers, Ferruginous Hawks, cranes and waterfowl, Juniper Titmouse and many other winter southwest desert specialties. A list of nearly 100 species is possible (last year we tallied 91 species). Estimated tour cost $550. Easy to moderate hiking. Plan on arriving in Albuquerque by Feb. 15. For further registration and information, email: David B. Johnson, . Leaders: David B. Johnson, Tim Wallace and Raymond Vanbuskirk

13th Annual Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor FULL

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club at the end of 7th Street near Skipper buds. Bring loaves of bread to chum for gulls. Lots of gulls and lots of people. Directions: To reach the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club, take the I-94 toll road north toward Milwaukee. Exit at Route 173. Turn right (east) and go to Sheridan Road (Rt. 137). Turn left and proceed to 7th Street. Turn right on 7th Street and follow the North Point Marina signs to the yacht club. DO NOT SPEED on 7th Street! It is actively patrolled by the Winthrop Harbor police. PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND LIMITED TO THE FIRST 150 PEOPLE. Sign up.

Chicago-North Shore Christmas Count

Monday, December 26, 2011

Monday. 51st Chicago-North Shore Count. Compiler: Tim Wallace, 847-548-2654.

Chicago Urban Christmas Count

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday. 46th Chicago Urban Count. Compiler: Jeff Sanders, 847-657-6431.

PROGRAM: Project Squirrel

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Steve Sullivan is the Curator of Urban Ecology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences where he studies the animals in your back yard as well as working with the institution’s century-and-a-half old specimens and doing the taxidermy to make new ones. Steve is also the director of Project Squirrel, a citizen-science project that involves people of all ages in the study of tree squirrels as a way to understand ecological processes in the urban game park. Additionally, the Project studies the most influential species in the urban ecosystem – humans—and how their involvement with the outdoors influences their attitudes and knowledge about nature. This presentation will discuss why squirrels are worth watching and will hopefully inspire the audience and their friends to become involved in watching and submitting data about the squirrels that occur (or not) in their neighborhoods.

PROGRAM: The Galapagos: Exploring Darwin's Tapestry

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Galapagos archipelago is a forbidding place, even though romantics tend to imbue it with the rosy glow of a Pacific Eden. John Hess, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Central Missouri, is also a photographer who has worked at the interface of art and science throughout his career. In 2009 he published a book of the same title through the University of Missouri Press. In this presentation he will talk about how the Galapagos works – why it is the way it is, and how the lives of some of the “Galapagos Royalty” are woven into the tapestry of life.

Northwestern Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, October 1, 2011

This area 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: Sue Robert and Libby Hill.

Northwestern Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, September 24, 2011

This area 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: Sue Robert and Libby Hill.

Mississippi Palisades and River NEW TRIP!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The wide waters of the Mississippi and Savanna Army Depot. Look for hawks and landbirds. Meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Starbucks on Lake Cook Rd and Rte 83 in Buffalo Grove for the 2.5 hour drive to the river. Reservations with leader required. Contact leader Dave Johnson, 224-567-9650 or

Waukegan and Illinois Beach State Park

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at McDonald’s at Rt. 132 and Sheridan Rd. in Waukegan to see a variety of land and lake migrants. Leaders: Sulli Gibson and Dick Paulson.

Lake Calumet Sewage Ponds

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday! Don’t miss this special opportunity to visit the region’s premier shorebird site. Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:15 a.m. Directions: From I-94, exit at 130th St. Go west about ? mile to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District sign. Turn right on the paved road and proceed to the guard house. Trip ends around 11 a.m. Limit: 20. Sign-up for this field trip is required. Registration forms will be available through Libby Hill, 847-475-2096 or Completed forms must be turned in by July 10. Forms must be sent by snail mail to 2715 Woodland Rd, Evanston, IL 60201 and must include a copy of a government-issued photo ID.

Swallow Cliff Woods, Palos

Sunday, June 12, 2011

NEW TRIP! This half-day walk will target summer specialties such as hooded, blue-winged, and chestnut-sided warblers in addition to Acadian flycatchers, white-eyed vireos, and summer tanagers. The entrance is on LaGrange Rd. (Route 45) south of the intersection of LaGrange and Route 83. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the first parking lot as you enter the park. Leader: Amar Ayyash.

Emily Oaks Nature Center (Skokie) 5:30 PM

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Meet at Emily Oaks Nature Center (Skokie)at 5:30 in the parking lot. Turn north on Knox (east of Skokie Blvd.) and make a left at the T intersection to the Emily Oaks parking lot. Leader: Eleonora diLiscia.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Illinois shoreline juts farthest into the lake at this Wilmette park and is an excellent spot to observe migrant passerines in the tall trees and wildflowers in the park and shorebirds on the beach. This trip is co-sponsored by ENSBC and Go Green Wilmette. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the top of the Wallace Bowl, near the Lakeview Center. From Sheridan Rd. just north of Wilmette Harbor, turn east at the Gillson Park sign. Take the immediate right turn onto Harbor Dr. At the fork in the road, go left onto Middle Dr toward Lakeview Center. Park along Middle Dr. The Wallace Bowl is to the north of Lakeview Center. Leader: Harry Drucker

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Look for migrating passerines at this park. Meet at 7:00 a.m. Park south of the Museum of Science and Industry after driving on the east side of the building. Leader: Brian Herriott.

Spring Saturdays at Northwestern Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, May 21, 2011

This area has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed nouth. 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: Sue Robert and Karen Zipser

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 20, 2011

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway. Leader: Joel Greenberg

The Evanston Express (and Skokie Swift) Harbert Park 5:30 PM

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

“The Evanston Express (and Skokie Swift)” A series of trips for when you don’t have much time and can’t go far from home. Each trip starts at a different location and the leader may decide to go to more than one park. Meet at Harbert Park at 5:30 p.m. The parking lot is east of the North Shore Channel on McDaniel off of Main. Leader: Eleonora diLiscia.