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Fridays at Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 3, 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: Lynne Carpenter.

Spring Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University's Campus.

Saturday, April 27, 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: Sue Robert and Libby Hill.

PROGRAM: Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Learn about Flint Creek Wildlife's work of saving the lives of injured and orphaned birds in the Chicago area. Flint Creek Wildlife's Director, Dawn Keller, will talk about some of their past patients including the baby Bald Eagles that fell from a nest in Batavia, were raised in captivity and then released at Starved Rock State Park and Journey,the Ferruginous Hawk that traveled 1,500 miles stuck in the plow of a freight train before being found at a Chicago-area rail yard. Dawn will be joined by some of Flint Creek's amazing education birds of prey….no promises yet but perhaps even Journey will make an appearance! Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, which operates locations in Barrington and Chicago, is a private not-for-profit wildlife rehabilitation and education facility that is state and federally licensed. Flint Creek Wildlife provides medical care, food and housing for injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning fully rehabilitated wildlife to its natural habitat. Flint Creek Wildlife is funded solely through donations and does not receive and state, federal or local government funding.

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A perennial favorite among club members, this trip is excellent for early migrants. Meet at 7:30 a.m. Park south of the Museum of Science and Industry after driving on the east side of the building. Leader: Dick Young.

North Glenview

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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: John Leonard

Looney Trip, Lake County.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Dave Johnson specialty! Loads of loons and lots of lakes. Expect other birds as well. Meet at 8:30 a.m at Breezewald Park, off Old Rand Rd. in downtown Lake Zurich. Leader: David B. Johnson

PROGRAM: Guatemalan Cloud Forest: Community conservation in Action.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Bird Conservation Network is supporting the reforestation of a Guatemalan cloud forest. This cloud forest hosts many endemic birds such as the resplendent quetzal, the pink-headed warbler and three species of hummingbird, and is the winter home of many of our migrants. Economic, cultural and political factors have brought this region to an ecological tipping point, and effective conservation needs to take all of them into account. Judy Pollock, Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon Chicago Region, recently visited the project and will discuss her field experiences as well as the unique community-based work of the BCN’s partner organization, Community Cloud Forest Conservation, in promoting sustainable agriculture, conservation of the cloud forest and bird education in local Mayan villages.

Air Station Prairie Woodcocks.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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

4th Annual Memorial Ralph Herbst Duck Trip:

Sunday, March 17, 2013

4th Annual Memorial Ralph Herbst Duck Trip: 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: Urban Wildlife Study: coyotes and Other Mammals

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chris Anchor, Wildlife Biologist with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, will be presenting 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 12th year, and has marked over 650 coyotes making it the largest coyote project of it's kind.

PROGRAM: South Africa

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

South Africa has a well-deserved reputation as a fantastic vacation destination for those who want beautiful landscapes, world-class food and wine, excellent infrastructure, and lots of charismatic megafauna. When you throw in 70 or so endemic birds, it becomes a fantastic birding destination, too. Josh Engel, who spent over three years based in Cape Town working as a birding and safari guide, will take us on a virtual tour of South Africa. We will start in the rugged and endemic-filled Western Cape tucked in the southwest corner of the country, crossing the beautiful, rolling grasslands of the highveld, all the way to the mammal-laden bushveld of Kruger National Park in the northeast. A lavishly illustrated slideshow will highlight the birds, animals, and landscapes of South Africa, with a focus on the recently-completed ENSBC tour.

PROGRAM: Dragonflies & Damselflies of Chicagoland:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A macro-photographic journey through the Life History of Odonates. The order Odonata dates back over 325 million years to a time when dragonflies with two and a half foot wingspans filled the air. Today these successful aquatic insects represent a diverse group of animals with a complex life cycle. The 100 plus species known for Chicagoland act as good wetland indicators but are also just plain fascinating to observe. Many a birder's gaze has been led astray by the aeronautical dexterity and stunning color patterns of these winged predators. Marla Garrison, Biology Facutly member at McHenry County College and author of Damselflies of Chicagoland: A Photo Field Guide (published online by the Field Museum of Natural History), offers an image intensive, up close and personal, presentation of this intriguing, and visually splendid, group of insects.

PROGRAM: Studying Birds in Africa's Albertine Rift

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

This presentation will highlight the challenges and successes of the field Museum's Bird Division. The current Field Museum collaborations in the highlands of the Albertine Rift--a lush, densely populated region that extends from southern Sudan to northeast Zambia and includes some of the world's largest lakes--go back more than twenty years and have included fieldwork in Uganda, Rwanda, Congo, and Burundi. The region's forests are best known for their populations of gorillas and chimpanzees, but they also contain more than forty species of birds that are found nowhere else in the world. Field Museum curator John Bates will share his recent field experiences in eastern Congo, which includes finding a bird that hadn't been seen in nearly fifty years and having to flee the forest because of rebel activity.

Northwestern University Campus.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

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: Sue Robert and Libby Hill

PROGRAM: Birds of Jo Davies County

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Rick Remington will share photos of the diverse bird populations that inhabit this amazing area tucked into NW Illinois. This beautiful land untouched by glaciers in the last ice age, borders 3 different states including Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. The big avian attraction here is the mighty Mississippi River which is largely responsible for the many different species migrating through the area each year. Rick will share photos of birds from all seasons with a primary focus on Bald Eagles, White Pelicans and Trumpeter Swans. He will share his favorite locations based on countless hours of exploring the area with his wife Jennifer. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about this incredible resource located just 2.5 hours from the city of Chicago!

Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday Northwestern University Campus. 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: Sue Robert and Wayne Svoboda. . 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: Sue Robert and Wayne Svoboda.

NEW: Weekend Getaway Trip: Central Illinois River Valley Shorebird trip: August 24-26

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday travel date, Saturday and Sunday trip dates Central Illinois River Valley Shorebird trip: Emiquon, Globe tract, Thompson Lake, Chautauqua NWR, and elsewhere near Havana, IL. Trip departs Saturday morning 6:00 a.m. from McLean, just south of Bloomington, Illinois off I-55 at 6:00 a.m. Our base will be McLean, Illinois near the Dixie Truck stop. Recommended Friday and Saturday overnight stays at Super 8 Motel. Approx. cost $80-100. including lodging based on double occupancy. Breakfast and lunch included, dinners on your own. Target species: shorebirds inc. Red-necked Phalarope, Black-necked Stilt, avocet and others--hopefully we'll tally 20 species of shorebirds, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, and other migrants. Some moderate walking involved. Limit 15 participants. We'll be carpooling and driving to shorebird locations. If you've never seen the Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Nature Preserve--this trip is for you! Reservations required by contacting leader: David B. Johnson, 224-567-9650 or by email at

Swallow Cliff Woods, Palos

Sunday, June 10, 2012

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, Louisiana Waterthrush, 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.

Illinois Beach State Park Whip-poor-wills NEW TRIP!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saturday. 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: Sulli Gibson and Joel Greenberg.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

JUNE 5 - 18, 2012, SOUTHERN MANITOBA & CHURCHILL, JUNE 11 - 17, 2012, CHURCHILL-ONLY OPTION Tentative ENSBC & Kim Eckert MBW 2012 itinerary*.... June 5 meet in Winnipeg for those doing full tour June 6-7 SW Manitoba, nights in Brandon June 8-9 Riding Mountain, nights in Wasagaming June 10 drive to Thompson June 11 meet Churchill-only people in Thompson, afternoon/overnight train to Churchill June 12-13-14-15 Churchill June 16 last day in Churchill, overnight/morning train to Thompson June 17 Churchill-only trip ends in Thompson in afternoon June 18 return drive to Winnipeg for those doing full tour * Dependent on the Canadian Railway schedule which comes out in November 2011, but probably will be a similar schedule… Estimated cost of the entire 2010 tour is $1905 double-occupancy, $2545 single. The cost of Churchill-only is estimated at $1350 double-occupancy, $1759 single. Not included is food or your transportation to/from Winnipeg (or Thompson if Churchill-only). The more people that attend, the lower the overall cost will be. $100 deposit required. Call or email Leader David B. Johnson ENSBC co-leader at 224-567-9650, for more details.