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Chicago Lakefront Christmas Count

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Compiler: Joel Greenberg, 630-725-9416

Chicago Urban Christmas Count.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

48th Chicago Urban Count. Compiler: Jeffrey Sanders, 847-657-6431

PROGRAM: Patagonia: Birds, Mammals, Mountains, Clouds and Adventures”

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dr. Lloyd Davidson, a world traveler and photographer and Conservation Chair of ENSBC, will take us on a photographic tour of the vast area of Argentina and Chile known as Patagonia, one of the least populated and most picturesque areas on earth. He and his wife Arden have visited this area, which is filled with exotic birds, such as the Andean Condor, the very large Magellanic Woodpecker and Darwin’s Rhea, as well as mammals like the Magellanic Fox and Guanacos. Remarkably rugged mountains, such as the splendid Mt. Fitzroy (named after the captain of Darwin’s ship, the Beagle) and the massive Torres del Paine and Cuernos del Paine, are often enhanced by magnificent lenticular (lens shaped) clouds hanging above them, and, along with calving glaciers, waterfalls, and surprisingly beautiful lichens and plants, such scenes make this region one of the most beautiful and interesting in the world.

Annual Jeff Sanders' Fall Specialty Trip: North shore Lakefront

Sunday, November 24, 2013

44th annual trip – 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.

PROGRAM: Hummingbirds

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

For the past 15 years, Michael and Kathi Rock have dedicated their lives to learning about and attracting hummingbirds. They have educated many groups in the Midwest and across the country about these "glittering fragments of the rainbow." Their program will guide you in creating a sanctuary for hummingbirds in your own backyard. Through the use of perennial and annual plants, wildflowers, shrubs, trees and hummingbird feeders, you too can discover the magic and excitement of hummingbirds! Michael and Kathi's program will cover identification of the Ruby-throated hummingbird, ideal habitat, migration, nesting, feeding, importance of water features, and how the elements of the best hummingbird feeders and plants can bring you up close to these special birds.

Hawkwatch, Illinois Beach State Park

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center parking lot, South Unit near the Park Lodge. Target species will be migrant hawks. If winds are unfavorable we'll turn our attention elsewhere in the Park for landbird migrants. RSVP with Leader: David B Johnson at or 224-567-9650.

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, October 5, 2013

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 Wayne Svoboda

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 28, 2013

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 Jason Weckstein

PROGRAM: Urban Wildlife Study: Coyotes and Other Mammals

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chris Anchor, Wildlife Biologist with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, will present a program on the return of keystone predators in Northern Illinois. These will include timber wolf, cougar, black bear and a special emphasis on the Cook County Urban Coyote Project. The program is going into its 13th year, and has marked over 650 coyotes making it the largest coyote project of its kind.

Paul Douglas Woods “Mixed Bag.”

Sunday, September 22, 2013

NEW TRIP! Look for early waterfowl, late shorebirds, possible rails and bitterns in the marsh, lingering nesters and migrants in the grasslands, and fall warblers in the shrubs and wooded areas. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Grassy Ridge parking lot, Central Rd. west of Roselle Rd. From the east, take I-90 to Roselle north exit, west on Central. Leader: John Elliott

Chicago Botanic Garden

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Expect fall passerine migrants, particularly warblers, vireos and thrushes, plus anything else we can find. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Starbucks, 243 N Skokie Blvd just south of Lake Cook Rd, east side of Skokie Blvd near Nordstroms & Marshalls, to carpool with participants who are members of Botanic Gardens. Leader: David Johnson

Rollins Savanna

Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 21, 2013 - Sunday Rollins Savanna This area is one of Lake County's hottest birding spots and is home to many nesters such as Least Bitterns, Sedge Wrens, Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows, and Bobolinks. There also may be early shorebirds. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Washington Road parking area. The trip will last 4 hours and water and sun protection are good ideas. Leader: Beau Schaefer.

Plum Creek Forest Preserve; NEW TRIP! NOTE DATE CHANGE

Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23, 2013 – Sunday. Meet at 7:30am at the forest preserve parking lot on the east side of Burnham Rd., about 1 mile south of Sauk Trail. We'll spend the morning at Josh's favorite local summer birding spot, looking especially for grassland and shrubland birds that are otherwise rare so close to Chicago--Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissel, Yellow-breasted Chat, and White-eyed Vireo all breed there. Leader: Josh Engel.

NEW: Weekend Getaway Trip: N. Wisconsin for Breeding Warblers June 7-9

Friday, June 7, 2013

June 7-9 Friday – Sunday Weekend javascript:__doPostBack('btnSave','')Getaway Trip: 3-4 days in N. Wisconsin for summer breeding warblers. Watch for details in Bird Calls and on the web. Leader: David Johnson.

Illinois Beach State Park Whip-poor-wills

Saturday, June 1, 2013

This unique trip will allow you a great chance to see Whip-poor-wills, a bird in serious decline, after hours in the South Unit of the State Park. Meet at 7:00 pm at the Nature Center parking lot to bird the area for local nesters prior to looking for the Whip-poor-wills. The Nature Center entrance is just west of the Illinois Beach Resort in the South Unit. Leader: Joel Greenberg.

Swallow Cliff Woods, Palos

Saturday, May 25, 2013

This half-day walk will target spring migrants including Hooded, Blue-winged, and Chestnut-sided warblers, Louisiana waterthrush, and Summer tanagers. Meet at 7 a.m. at McClaughry Springs on Kean Ave, The parking lot is one block south of Rte 83. Leader: Amar Ayyash.

NEW! Weekend Getaway Trip: Kirtland's Warblers in Wisconsin May 24-25

Friday, May 24, 2013

May 24-25, Friday and Saturday. Watch for details in Bird Calls and on the web. Leader: David B. Johnson

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle

Sunday, May 19, 2013

We will be looking 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: Dick Young.

Spring Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University's campus

Saturday, May 18, 2013

This area is a stopover for migrants of all kinds heading north. 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.

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 17, 2013

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow Rd. just east of the Edens Expressway. Leader: Joel Greenberg