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Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spring Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University's Campus. 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 Josh Engel

PROGRAM: "Learning to Bird by Ear"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Recognizing and Identifying Birds by Their Vocalizations is an important part of enjoyable and successful birding. Geoff Williamson, recipient of the 2013 Ludlow Griscom Award from the American Birding Association, given for outstanding contributions to regional ornithology, will introduce us to “birding by ear.” Many experienced birders will say that 90% of their birding is done "by ear." Those conducting censuses and surveys find this skill especially important. But but even the casual bird watcher will find ear-birding skills quite useful. In many situations, such as forest and marshland birding, birding by ear is valuable in locating and identifying birds when they are difficult to see. This presentation describes basic concepts in bird vocalizations and provides organizing principles for learning to bird by ear. The talk also discusses the many resources available to the person looking to acquire or improve ear-birding skills. 7:30 pm at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston. Park in the Ladd Arboretum Parking lot between Bridge Street and Emerson/Golf Rds. The bridge is under construction and traffic is one way towards McCormick Blvd.

North Glenview.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tour the better birding areas that North Glenview has to offer. We will most likely bird Techny Basin Conservation Area, Lake Glenview, and The Air Station Prairie for early migrants and lingering waterfowl. Techny Basin is located west of Waukegan Rd., south of Willow Rd., and east of Ravine Way in Glenview. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the gravel parking lot on Claire Ct. off of Ravine Way. The trip will last approximately 3 hours but you are welcome to leave at any time. Leader: Jeffrey Sanders

Looney Trip, Lake County

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Dave Johnson specialty! Loads of loons and lots of lakes. Expect other birds as well. Meet at 8:30 a.m at Diamond Lake Rd at Diamond Lake across from Mundelein boat launch at Gale Street Inn Restaurant parking lot. RSVP with Leader by email: or phone: 224-567-9650. Bring Family Radio Service walkie-talkies or radios with the second security channel if you have one. Lunch out at local lakeside eatery. Record numbers of migrating loons are often seen on this trip as well as pelicans. Leader: David B. Johnson

PROGRAM: “Amazonian Brazil”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jason Weckstein will report on his summer, 2013 Field Museum expedition to this endangered and usually unvisited area of Amazonian Brazil to discover and record the diversity of birds that make it their home. 7:30 PM at the Ecolgy Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston. Park in the Ladd Arboretum Parking lot between Bridge Street and Emerson/Golf. The Bridge is under repair so the street in front of the Ecology Center is one way towards McCormick Blvd.

Air Station Prairie Woodcocks

Saturday, March 22, 2014

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: John Leonard or Jennifer Schmidt

5th Annual Memorial Ralph Herbst Duck Trip

Sunday, March 16, 2014

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.

PROGRAM: .“Basically Bats 101.”

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Scott Heinrichs is the Founder of Flying Fox Conservation Fund in Chicago. Bats are one of the most beneficial and misunderstood of all animals. Our program is filled with information about where bats live, what they eat, and the vital contributions they make to the ecosystem. He will bring us up-to-date on White Nose. Syndrome and will bring live bats for us to touch and photograph. Bat Tee shirts will be for sale. 7:30 pm. at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston, IL, park in the parking lot off of McCormick Blvd in the Ladd Arboretum. (The bridge is under construction and the street is one way towards McCormick Blvd.)


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

This ENSBC tradition is a night for members to share their birding memories and photos. Our lineup this year includes Dave Johnson telling tales from the club’s Churchill trip in June, 2012, Mary Lou Mellon with beautiful photos from her recent trip to Colombia, S.A., Vic Berardi with his amazing raptor photos and anecdotes, plus a couple of others TBC. The evening will close with a new highlight this year – Chuck Westcott will give one of his entertaining bird quizzes, with questions to stump even the experts. So bring paper and pencil. Highest score wins a prize!

Waukegan Christmas Count

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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

Chicago-North Shore Christmas Count

Saturday, December 28, 2013

53rd Chicago-North Shore Count sponsored by ENSBC. Compiler: Tim Wallace, 847-548-2654 Feeder count compiler: Eleonora di Liscia, 847-568-0160 or email Contact Eleonora for a count form and to make sure you are in the count circle. 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 directions and any information about the party.

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.