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Field Trip: Calumet Water Reclamation Plant TRIP FULL WITH WAITING LIST

Saturday, August 12, 2023

The Calumet WRP has been a long-time favorite August field trip to look for migrating shorebirds plus other migrants in the ponds at the Plant.  The trip will be from 7:15 - 11 a.m.  

Register with libbyhill@comcast.net  This trip requires forms to be filled out for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD).  Forms must be turned in to Libby by July 25.  Once you register, you'll receive the electronic facility waiver form to fill out.  You'll also be asked to attach a copy of your ID on the waiver, and then present it on August 12 in order to enter the Plant.  Leader: Isoo O’Brien

 

PROGRAM: John Bates, The Birds of Bermuda

Monday, July 24, 2023

John Bates: Birds of Bermuda

Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave. Evanston, 7:30

Bermuda is 54 square miles of islands in the Atlantic Ocean and is a destination for tourists lying 650 miles east of North Carolina and is about the same distance from Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.  Despite its isolation, almost 400 bird species have been recorded here.  In April 2023, John Bates, Curator of Birds, Negaunee Integrative Research Center, Field Museum, and University of Chicago graduate student Louise Bodt organized a trip to study and sample European Goldfinches which have been living on the island for over 100 years.  Working with local experts they visited multiple sites on the island.  They will present on the birds of Bermuda based on their ongoing research and what they learned on their trip.

 

Field Trip: Plum Creek

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Sunday, June 25. Plum Creek Forest Preserve,  11th Annual trip!. Meet at 7:30 a.m. 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 woodland birds that are otherwise uncommon so close to Chicago. This includes birds like Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows and Dickcissel in the prairie and Acadian Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, and Tufted Titmouse in the forest. We’ve also found some interesting snakes, butterflies, and other creatures on this walk. Return before lunch. Leader: Josh Engel. Limit of 10, Register with libbyhill@comcast.net

 

 

Field Trip: Canal Shores Golf Course North Loop

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Canal Shores is a great place to see spring migrants. Meet on Maple Avenue in Wilmette just west of the Canal and walk the golf course’s birding loop. Free street parking. Participation limited to 15 people. Register with Matt Rooney at matthewarooney@gmail.com.

Field Trip- NEW: Emily Oaks Nature Center

Friday, May 26, 2023

Emily Oaks has wonderful established trails and a pond. We will be looking for warblers and other late spring migrants.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Emily Oaks Nature Center parking lot, 4650 Brummel Street, Skokie.  We will bird outside the nature center until it opens at 8 a.m.  Leader:  John Bates.

Field Trip: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Look for warblers and other migrants (and a great display of spring wildflowers). 

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Street.  Park along Ewing Avenue.  Leaders: John Bates and Josh Engel.

Field Trip, NEW: Harbert Payne Park, Evanston

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Harbert Payne Park, Evanston (pin HERE)

Look for late spring warblers and other migrants in one of Evanston's newest ecologically managed sites along the North Shore Channel. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the parking lot at the intersection of Bradley Place and McDaniel Avenue, enter from Main Street.  Leader: Judy Pollock.

Field Trip: Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

 Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Brushwood Center parking lot for this spring migration walk.  Target species include various flycatchers and late migrant warablers among many others.  Who knows, we might even glimpse a Pileated woodpecker or an owl!  Leader:  John Leonard.  Register with libbyhill@comcast.net.libbyhill

Field Trip: Kankakee Sands FULL

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Sunday – May 21, 6:00 a.m.- all day

The Kankakee Sands trip is back!.  Near Morocco, Indiana, this 8,000-acre prairie and wetland restoration was originally part of the 500,000-acre Grand Marsh of the Kankakee River.  The site is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, which describes it as a “birders paradise” with over 200 species recorded since restoration began in 2001. The destination is a two-hour drive from Evanston and carpooling is recommended and may be arranged through the trip leader. 

Plan on an all-day trip. Meet at the Old Orchard Parking lot at 6:a.m. for carpooling and return no later than dinner hour, depending upon the birding. We will enjoy a bountiful continental breakfast, courtesy of leader Mark Vaughan, at the picnic shelter at the 10,000 acre Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area adjacent to Kankakee Sands. (The last trip in 2019 was a 2-hour breakfast because of the abundance of Red-headed woodpeckers, flycatchers, Eastern Kingbirds, bluebirds and warblers.)  Lunch will be in a nearby local restaurant in Morocco. Leader: Mark Vaughan.

Register with libbyhill@comcast.net.

Field Trip: Canal Shores Golf Course South Birding Loop

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Canal Shores South Birding Loop.  Meet on Lincoln St., Evanton, just east of the North Shore Channel.  Free street parking. Participoation limited to 15 people.  Register with Matt Rooney at matthewarooney@gmail.com

Field Trip: Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 20, 2023

The NU campus has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed north. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lot off Sheridan Road and Clark Street, north of Clark Street beach, at 8:00 a.m.  Leaders: Libby Hill and Sarah Flax.

Field Trip: Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 19, 2023

These 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 Road just east of the Eden’s Expressway. Leaders: Ed and Rebecca Rice.

 

Field Trip: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Look for warblers and other migrants (and a great display of spring wildflowers). 

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Street.  Park along Ewing Avenue.  Leader: John Bates.

Field Trip: The Grove, Glenview

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

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

Field Trip: Montrose CHANGED TO 7:30 AM

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Join us for morning migration at Montrose. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at handicapped parking. Leader: Libby Hill 

Canal Shores Golf Course North Loop

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Canal Shores Golf Course is a great place to see spring migrants. For Canal Shores North Birding Loop, meet on Maple Avenue in Wilmette just west of the Canal and walk the golf course’s birding loop. Free street parking. Participation limited to 15 people. Register with Matt Rooney at matthewarooney@gmail.com.

Field Trip: Jackson Park and Wooded Isle

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Sunday – May 14, 7:00 a.m.

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle.  Park south of the Museum of Science and Industry after driving on the east side of the building. Register with libbyhill@comcast.net. Leader: Dick Young. 

WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY CELEBRATION

Saturday, May 13, 2023

World Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated on May 13. 

8 - 10: 30 a.m. ENSBC Bird Walk at Northwestern University Campus. Park and meet in the Visitor Center Parking lot on South Campus.  Leaders: Sarah Flax and Libby Hill. Free.

9 -11 a.m.  - Program at the Ecology Center.   5 years and up.  Fee: $7.00 for members, $9.00 for non-members

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Program at the Ecology Center. Mayor Biss presents Evanston's World Migratory Bird Day Proclamation; John Bates, Curator of Birds at the Field Museum presents a talk on "Birds and Water."  All ages. Free.

 

 

Field Trip: Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 13, 2023

A World Migratory Bird Day event!

The NU campus has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed north. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lot off Sheridan Road and Clark Street, north of Clark Street beach, at 8:00 a.m.  Leaders: Libby Hill and Sarah Flax.

Field Trip: Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 12, 2023

These 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 Road just east of the Eden’s Expressway. Leaders: Ed and Rebecca Rice.

 

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