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“How Monty and Rose took Chicago by Storm - Piping Plovers in the Great Lakes.” Presented by Tamima Itani and Louise Clemency

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In the spring of 2019, a pair of endangered Piping Plovers nested on Montrose Beach, the first such event in Chicago since 1955.  They and their chicks weaved themselves into the hearts of birders and non-birders alike, becoming stellar ambassadors for their species.  Over a period of ten weeks, they were monitored by volunteers from sunrise to sunset, affording a unique opportunity for observation and learning.  To widespread joy, Monty and Rose returned to Montrose to nest again in 2020.  Tamima Itani, Volunteer Coordinator and Board Member, Illinois Ornithological Society, and Louise Clemency, Field Supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Chicago Field Office, will describe Piping Plover life history and how the Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Effort is bringing these birds back. They will share anecdotes from their Chicago experiences.  

PROGRAM: "The Real James Bond" Presented by Jim Wright

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Co-sponsored with Lake-Cook Audubon

When Ian Fleming was looking for a name for his fictional British secret agent, he looked at the cover of his birding bible, Birds of the West Indies, saw the author's name, and simply stole it. The real-life James Bond was an ornithologist and noted naturalist/adventurer from Philadelphia who was an expert on the birds of the Caribbean. Jim Wright, the New Jersey-based author of the just-published The Real James Bond, will discuss Bond’s iconic field guide, his identity theft by Ian Fleming, and Bond’s solo expeditions to the Caribbean. Wright will also discuss the birds that Bond discovered or helped popularize, and the connection between Bond and ornithologists who became spies during World War II -- including two from the Field Museum. Wright's other books include The Nature of the Meadowlands, Jungle of the Maya, and Hawk Mountain. He is the birding columnist for The (Bergen) Record and a marsh warden at a nature preserve in northern New Jersey.  The Real James Bond is available at https://www.realjamesbond.net/2020/06/how-to-get-a-copy-.html  

 

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: Josh Engel and John Bates.  Limit: 12 participants. Masks and social distancing required. Preregistration required.  Register with

              info@ensbc.org

PROGRAM: “Wildlife Wonders of Brazil's Pantanal.” Presented by Josh Engel,

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Brazil’s Pantanal is home to both an enormous diversity of birds and one of the densest concentrations of large mammals anywhere in the Americas. Although it is often considered to be the world’s largest wetland, it is in reality a vast mosaic of wetlands, grassland, and lush forest. On his 2019 tour of the Pantanal and Iguaçu Falls with members of the Bird Club, Red Hill Birding’s Josh Engel and trip participants tallied 340 bird species (including top five favorites Hyacinth Macaw, Pale-crested Woodpecker, Agami Heron, Helmeted Manakin, and a tie between Sunbittern and Guira Cuckoo) and 22 mammals (including multiple views of Jaguar). Josh will share highlights of that magical experience and talk about the birds and wildlife of the Pantanal and surrounding areas.

Zoom instructions and an invitation will be sent out to members of ENSBC.

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: Josh Engel and John Bates.  Limit: 12 participants. Masks and social distancing required. Preregistration required.  Register with

              info@ensbc.org

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leaders: Josh Engel and John Bates.  Limit: 12 participants. Masks and social distancing required. Preregistration required.  Register with

              info@ensbc.org

FIELD TRIP: Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 5, 2020

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 Sarah Flax.

Limit: 12 participants. Masks and social distancing required. Preregistration required.  Register with

    info@ensbc.org

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods FULL!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Look for fall warblers, thrushes and other migrants.  Meet at 7:30 a.m. corner of Ewing Ave. and Grant St.  Leader: John Bates.  Limit: 6 participants. Masks and social distancing required. FULL

 

 

 

FIELD TRIP: Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle CANCELLED

Sunday, May 10, 2020

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. 

 

FIELD TRIP: Perkins Woods CANCELLED

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thursday mornings at 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.

 

FIELD TRIP: Ryerson -- NEW TRIP! CANCELLED

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

 New Trip. Meet at 8:00 AM at Brushwood Center Parking lot for Ryerson woods spring migration walk. Leader:  John Leonard


FIELD TRIP: Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary CANCELLED

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Join us for a morning at Montrose.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at handicapped parking. Leader: Wayne Svoboda.

 

 

 

 

FIELD TRIP: Northwestern University Campus CANCELLED

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Saturday mornings at Northwestern University. This area is a stopover for migrants of all kinds heading north in spring.  Meet at 8:30 a. m. 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. Nancy Halliday (May 2) and other possible dates and leaders TBA..

 

FIELD TRIP: Skokie Lagoons CANCELLED

Friday, May 1, 2020

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.

 

PROGRAM: POSTPONED Tamima Itani and Louise Clemency: How Monty and Rose took Chicago by Storm - Piping Plovers in the Great Lakes

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

In the spring of 2019, a pair of endangered Piping Plovers nested on Montrose Beach, the first such event in Chicago since 1955.  They and their chicks weaved themselves into the hearts of birders and non-birders alike, becoming stellar ambassadors for their species.  Over a period of ten weeks, they were monitored by volunteers from sunrise to sunset, affording a unique opportunity for observation and learning.  Tamima Itani, Volunteer Coordinator and Board Member, Illinois Ornithological Society, and Louise Clemency, Field Supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Chicago Field Office, will describe Piping Plover life history and how the Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Effort is bringing these birds back. They will share anecdotes from their Chicago experience.   

FIELD TRIP: Air Station Prarie and Techny North CANCELLED

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

 We will look for early migrants including shorebirds, especially Wilson's Snipe there and at Techny. Meet on the  deck of the interpretive center at 8 a.m. Leader: John Leonard.

 

Field Trip: LooneyTrip! CANCELLED

Saturday, April 4, 2020

 

Looney Trip!  Meet at Diamond Lake, Gale Street Inn Parking Lot at 8:00 a.m.Carpooling and lunch out at local eatery. We generally see approximately 100 loons or more.  Ends at approximately 2:00 p.m. Limited group size. Reservations required.  Leader: David Johnson, djohnsoda@comcast.net.

 

PROGRAM: Erika Hasle: The Role of Cities in Monarch Butterfly Conservation

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Conservation has long been viewed as a battle between wilderness and cities. However, a growing wave of conservationists are now viewing cities as a refuge for some species, such as pollinators. Over the last three years, the Field Museum has worked with partners to understand the important role cities play in providing habitat for monarchs. Erika Hasle, Conservation Ecologist at the Field’s Keller Science Action Center, will present results on Chicago's existing monarch habitat and the potential for urban areas to play a significant role in monarch recovery. Additionally, Erika will share results of a 2019 pilot community science program around backyard milkweed

PROGRAM: John Bates: A Year in Perkins Woods

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Perkins Woods has always been a popular Evanston birding spot, particularly for Spring and Fall migration.  Since 2015, John Bates, Curator of Birds at the Field Museum, has been the Cook County Forest Preserve Bird Monitor for Perkins, which means he tries to do 2 or more bird surveys there each month.  He will present on what he's seen in Perkins across the seasons from the perspective of the birds and other aspects of the natural history of this North Evanston hotspot”

Waukegan Christmas Count

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

To participate, contact organizer: Joel Greenberg, joelrgreenberg@gmail.com. Compiler, Adam Sell.

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