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Illinois State Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake Co. assignments (630-725-6660). Contact Alan Anderson for Cook Co. assignments ( or 847-390-7437).

Spring Saturday mornings Northwestern Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, May 7, 2011

This area has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed north. Park on the lakeside of the upper deck of the south parking lots off of Sheridan Rd. and Clark St., north of Clark St. beach, at 8:30 a.m. Leaders: Libby Hill and Wayne Svoboda.

Fridays at Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 6, 2011

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration. Meet at 8:00 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 Lakefill and Sailing Beach

Saturday, April 30, 2011

This area has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed nouth. 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

Perkins Woods Garlic Mustard Pull and Birding

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Help rid the woods of this aggressive non-native weed. Perform a good deed, be among friends, and enjoy birds and wildflowers. Come for an hour or a morning, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Perkins Woods is at Colfax and Ewing between Central St. and Golf Rd. in Evanston. Leader: Libby Hill.

PROGRAM "Women Out Birding" A panel discussion

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A panel of local women birders will discuss how they personally came to birding and the history of women in birding/ornithology. A sequel to last year’s “The Nature of Birding,” during which four men discussed aspects of their personal birding history, this panel will be composed of women birders and ornithologists: Carolyn Fields, Nan Buckhardt, Ann Buckhardt, Jenny Vogt and another TBA. Moderator: Libby Hill

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle

Sunday, April 24, 2011

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 16, 2011

A tour through the better birding areas that North Glenview has to offer by local birder, Sulli Gibson. 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 Ravine Way. The trip will last approximately 3.5 hours but you are welcome to leave at any time. Leader: Sulli Gibson.

Looney Trip, Lake County

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saturday. A Dave Johnson specialty. Loads of loons and lots of lakes. Expect other birds as well. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at IL Beach State Park. From Sheridan Rd. follow Wadsworth Rd. east into the park and follow signs to the IL Beach Resort and Conference Center. Park in the northernmost parking lot. Leader: David B. Johnson.

PROGRAM "Shorebird Identification"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Walter Marcisz, an ENSBC favorite speaker, will give us an in-depth discussion on the different shorebird species that migrate through the Chicago region.

2nd Annual Memorial Ralph Herbst Duck Trip, Palos region.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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 "Birding Goes High Tech"

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Matthew Cvetas will cover the wealth of resources available to birders on the internet and via technology.

PROGRAM: "Of Birds and Murder: The Life of Nathan Leopold"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Joel Greenberg will introduce the birding life of Nathan Leopold. Of all the people born in the United States who went on to study birds, Nathan Leopold is arguably the most famous. Unfortunately, however, Nathan’s fame rests on his participation, with Richard Loeb, in the 1924 murder of young Bobby Franks. All previous accounts have glossed over Leopold’s passion for birds. This talk emphasizes Leopold's ornithological work, which did influence aspects of the crime and facilitated his arrest. He was eventually paroled and served at a hospital in Puerto Rico, where he published "The Birds of Puerto Rico."

PROGRAM "Wintering Raptors in Illinois"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vic Berardi, who runs the Hawk Watch at Illinois Beach State Park North Unit, will talk to us about winterin raptors in Illinois and surrounding areas, which hawks and eagles can be found within 4 hours of the Chicago area, and where to look for them.

Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore Lakefront

Sunday, November 21, 2010

41st Annual Jeff Sanders’ Fall Specialty Trip! North Shore lakefront – 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.

Jo Davies County 2nd Day

Saturday, October 30, 2010

2nd day of Galena weekend

Jo Davies County Field Trip

Friday, October 29, 2010

Rick Remington, speaker at the September program on Jo Davies County, will lead a weekend trip to his favorite spots near Galena. There should be plenty of birds and beautiful fall color. For information, contact Libby Hill, 847-475-2096 or, and/or watch for announcements on the website and on IBET.

PROGRAM: "Birding Conservation Issues Facing Us Today"

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fellow ENSBC member Donnie Dann will cover the current threats to birds including habitat loss, feral cats, wind turbines, etc. but will also update us on the latest success stories in local bird conservation.

Hawk Watch!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hawkwatch at Illinois Beach State Park, North Unit. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the hawkwatch shelter. Directions: Take Rte 94 or 41, exit at Rte. 173, continue west to Sheridan Rd, turn north, go for a couple of blocks to 17th St., turn right, and continue into the park. Turn right at Sand Prairie Day Use Area. Leader: Dave Johnson. Call or email leader: or 224-567-9650.

The Grove, Glenview

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Expect later warblers and other passerines. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at The Grove: east side of Milwaukee Ave., just south of Lake Ave., in the second parking lot that leads to the Interpretive Center. Leader: Ari Rice.