PROGRAM: Waukegan Beach, a Local Hotspot: Adam Sell

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Waukegan Beach: Local Birding Hotspot: Adam Sell

For bird watchers in the Chicago area, Waukegan Beach is a familiar name. Waukegan beach has been a favorite birding spot for ENSBC for decades.  Both new and veteran birders know Waukegan Beach as a migration hotspot in both fall and spring for warblers, shorebirds, and waterfowl.  In winter, the harbors and open water of Lake Michigan host overwintering specialty ducks, gulls, and if luck is on your side, a Snowy Owl.  Waukegan Beach is also renowned as a location for vagrants, with some highlights over the years including Gyrfalcon, Reddish Egret, and Arctic Tern. 

In his presentation, Adam Sell, a guide and tour manager for Chicago-based Red Hill Birding who has called Waukegan Beach his "local patch" for over 15 years, will attempt to distill this knowledge into a thoughtful and engaging presentation on how to make the most of your visit to the Waukegan Beach area. 

This talk is the second in our series about local birding hotspots, following last year’s presentation on Big Marsh in Calumet.