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Fridays at Skokie Lagoons.

Friday, May 8, 2009

These Friday trips pack a great list of warbler species during spring migration and what a spectacle these little jewels will be – dressed in spring plumage and singing away! Meet at 8:00 a.m. on Friday in the Forest Preserve parking lot north of Willow R. just east of Edens Expressway. Leader may decide to carpool to nearby location, so stay in the parking lot area. Leader: Lynne Carpenter

Foley Pond NEW TRIP!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tucked between the 1st and 2nd holes of the Sunset Valley Golf Course, Foley Pond is encircled by a woodland path and is a good rest stop for migrants. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at approximately 1268 McDaniels Ave. in Highland Park. From Green Bay Rd., turn left on Bob-O-Link Rd. and then left on McDaniels. A sign for Foley Pond is about 100 feet on the right. Park on the street. Trip will last about an hour. Leader: Donnie Dann.

“The Evanston Express (and Skokie Swift)” James Park NEW TRIP!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

5:30 P.M. First in a series of trips for when you don’t have much time and can’t go far from home, not to mention the price of gas. Each trip starts at a different location and the leader may choose to go to more than one park. May 5: James Park: The entrance to James Park is at the intersection of Dodge and Mulford. Park in the Levy Center parking lot at the end of Mulford. Leader: Eleonora diLiscia.

Spring Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University's Lakefill

Saturday, May 2, 2009

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 Ray Pershing.

“Volo Bog: A Boreal Oasis”: Stacy Iwanicki

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Stacy Iwanicki has been naturalist at the Volo Bog State Natural Area for quite a while now and knows the bog as well as anybody. Many of us have visited this intriguing site, but Stacy will illuminate the avian, botanical, and other biological wonders of this northern relict, the only open water bog in the entire state of Illinois. This program is a must for those planning to go on the bird club’s May 30 field trip to the bog. And for those not planning on going along, this talk may well inspire you to change your mind.

Jackson Park and Lakefront – Wooded Isle.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A perennial favorite among club members, this trip is excellent for early migrants. Meet at 7:45 a.m. Park south of the Museum of Science and Industry after driving on east side of building. Leader: Dick Young.

Spring Saturday Mornings at Northwestern University's Lakefill

Saturday, April 25, 2009

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.

Techny Basin Conservation Area 8:30 am

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Saturday Techny Basin Conservation Area. This location has great potential for rarities! Techny is located west of Waukegan Rd., south of Willow Rd., and east of Ravine Way in Glenview. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the gravel parking lot on Ravine Way. Trip will last approximately 1.5 hours with possible extension trip to the Botanic Gardens. Leader: Sulli Gibson.

Looney Trip, Lake County

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Dave Johnson specialty! Loads of loons and lots of lakes. Expect other birds as well. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Gale Street Inn Diamond Lake parking lot on the east side of Diamond Lake Rd. (north of Rt. 83) in Mundelein. 2/3-day trip with a stop in Fox Lake for food. Leader: David B. Johnson

“Birding the Great Northwest (Cook County)”: Carolyn Fields

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Long-time bird club member “Birding the Great Northwest (Cook County)”: is one of Chicagoland’s best birders and photographers. Her home territory is the rich area of northwest Cook County that harbors such well-known birding sites as Crabtree Lake Nature Center, Baker’s Lake, Deer Grove, and Paul Douglas, all part of the Cook County Forest Preserve District. Through her wonderful photos of birds and other natural history subjects, she will present this region in all of its diversity and beauty.

Hennepin-Hopper Lakes.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

View migrating waterfowl from the observation tower at this marvelous wetland restoration site along the Illinois River. A trail also follows these backwater lakes. Meet at 10:00 a.m. From I-39 south, take Rt. 71 west to Rt. 26. Turn south (left) on Rt. 26. Go approximately 2.5 miles south. Turn right on Hennepin Farms Rd. (paved road). Take the first right turn onto a sandy road (past the first house on the right). Follow the sandy road 300 feet to the parking lot at the observation tower. Bring scopes and food for the day. Leader: Nancy Halliday.

Eighth Annual Gull Frolic

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday - Eighth Annual Gull Frolic at the Winthrop HarborYacht Club at North Point Marina. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Thanks to the Chicago Ornithological Society, this year's speaker will be British born, Texas-based Martin Reid -- "The Herring Gull Complex: Demystifying the Sub-species". The $10 registration fee helps defray facility expenses and includes continental breakfast, lunch and hot drinks all day.

Elgin Area Fields

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday -- Elgin area. Our leaders have found some great manure spreads, so get ready to tour fields and dairy farms for horned larks, lapland longspurs, snow buntings, and maybe even a rough-legged hawk! Meet at 8:15 a.m. at the McDonald's on Route 20 in Hampshire off of I-90 ( Northwest Tollway ). Leaders: Sulli Gibson and Dick Paulson.