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Field Trip: Looney Trip, Lake County

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Join David Johnson for another of his special trips around the Lake County lakes looking for loons, pelicans, ducks, and anything else we can find. 

Meeting at 8:30 a.m., Gale Street Inn, parking lot, Mundelein.

Register with David Johnson, djohnsoda@comcast.net

Leader: David Johnson

 

Field Trip: Woodcock Walk at Air Station Prairie

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Our first opportunity this spring to look for the magical displays of the woodcocks at dusk.

Meet at 6:45 p.m., on the deck of the Tyner Interpretive Center at Air Station Prairie, Glenview.

Leader: Jeff Sanders

 

Big Marsh Park

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Big Marsh is an extensive urban wetland for water-loving birds including familiar species like Great Blue Herons,Great Egrets and Mallards, as well as lesser-known and highly secretive marsh birds like Virginia Rail, Least Bittern and Common Gallinule.

Meet 7 a.m. at the Ford Calumet Environmental Center.

Register with libbyhill@comcast.net

Leader: Carl Giometti 

 

Field Trip: Gillson Park Sunday Walks

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Go Green Wilmette partners with the Wilmette Park District to host bird walks at Gillson Park during Spring migration.

Meet at 8 a.m. at the purple martin house next to the Coast Guard station building.

Leader: Varies; for more information contact Annie Wolter, anita3615@aol.com

 

Field Trip: Waukegan Beach

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

We will spend the morning birding the beach, swales, and wooded lots of the Waukegan Beach area. On the beach, we will be targeting migrant shorebirds. In the wooded lots and beachfront park, migrant warblers can be abundant on the right day. We will be hiking around 1-2 miles at a birder's pace. Leader will have a scope but you are welcome to bring one. Hiking boots or sneakers are both appropriate, but be prepared for walking on sand. Duration about 3 hours. Rain date Friday, May 3, 2024.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. , see pin at https://goo.gl/maps/1QFRdEPAA3J2fEg67

Leader: Adam Sell

Registration is required and space is limited to 10 participants. Register with Libby Hill at libbyhill@comcast.net

  

Field Trip: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Perkins Woods is a hotspot for warblers and other migrating birds. Look for spring wildflowers, too.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Street; park along Ewing Avenue.

Leader: John Bates

 

Field Trip: Waukegan Beach (rain date)

Friday, May 3, 2024

This is a rain date for Waukegan Beach Field Trip scheduled Wednesday, May 1.

 

Spring Bird Count

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Illinois State Spring bird count. 

Details TBA

 

Field Trip: Gillson Park Sunday Walks

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Go Green Wilmette partners with the Wilmette Park District to host bird walks at Gillson Park during Spring migration.

Meet at 8 a.m. at the purple martin house next to the Coast Guard station building.

Leader: Varies; for more information contact Annie Wolter, anita3615@aol.com

 

 

Field Trip: Harbert Payne Park, Evanston

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Look for early spring warblers and other migrants in one of Evanston's newest ecologically managed sites along the North Shore Channel.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the parking lot at the intersection of Bradley Place and McDaniel Avenue, enter from Main Street.

Leader: Judy Pollock

 

Field Trip: West Ridge Nature Park

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

We will look for warblers and other migrants, local raptors and more. (Date to be confirmed in April.)

Meet at 8:30 a.m. at WRNP main entrance (5801 N. Western Avenue). Free parking on both sides of Western Avenue.

Leader: Scott Judd

 

Field Trip: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Perkins Woods is a hotspot for warblers and other migrating birds. Look for spring wildflowers, too.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Street; park along Ewing Avenue.

Leader: John Bates and Josh Engel

 

Field Trip: Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 10, 2024

These 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 Road, just east of the Eden's Expressway.

Leaders: Ed and Rebecca Rice

 

Field Trip: Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 11, 2024

The NU campus has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed north.  

Meet at 7:30 a.m. on the lakeside of the upper deck of the NU south parking lot, located off Sheridan Road and Clark Street, north of Clark Street Beach.

Leaders: Libby Hill and TBA

 

Field Trip: World Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 11, 2024

In cooperation with the Ecology Center.

Details TBA

 

Field Trip: Gillson Park Sunday Walks

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Go Green Wilmette partners with the Wilmette Park District to host bird walks at Gillson Park during Spring migration.

Meet at 8 a.m. at the purple martin house next to the Coast Guard station building.

Leader: Varies; for more information contact Annie Wolter, anita3615@aol.com

 

 

Field Trip: Jackson Park and Lakefront - Wooded island

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Wooded Island within Jackson Park is a bird-watcher's paradise for spring and autumn migrants. More than 250 species of birds have been identified as either permanent residents or migrants passing through this special area.  Birdwatching at Jackson Park was featured on Geoffrey Baer's Beautiful Places in Chicago in December, 2023.

Park on the south side of the Museum of Science and Industry after driving on the east side of the building. Meet at the parking lot at 7:30 a.m.

Leader: Dick Young

Register with libbyhill@comcast.net

 

Field Trip: Montrose Point

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Join us for a morning at Montrose Point, a premier migration location in Chicago due to its habitat diversity and location along a natural corridor for migrants.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the handicapped parking area.  

Leaders:  Nancy Halliday and Libby Hill

 

Field Trip: The Grove, Glenview

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Look for warblers and other migrating species in this ecologically diverse prairie habitat.

Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the second parking lot that leads to the Interpretive Center.

Leader: Nancy Halliday

 

Field Trip: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Perkins Woods is a hotspot for warblers and other migrating birds. Look for spring wildflowers, too.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Street; park along Ewing Avenue.

Leader: John Bates

 

Field Trip: Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie

Friday, May 17, 2024

Emily Oaks has wonderful established trails and a pond. We will be looking for warblers and other late spring migrants.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Emily Oaks Nature Center parking lot, 4650 Brummel Street, Skokie. We will bird outside the Nature Center until it opens at 8:00 a.m.

Leader: John Bates

 

Field Trip: Northwestern University Campus

Saturday, May 18, 2024

The NU campus has long been a stopover for migrants of all kinds headed north.  

Meet at 7:30 a.m. on the lakeside of the upper deck of the NU south parking lot, located off Sheridan Road and Clark Street, north of Clark Street Beach.

Leaders: Libby Hill and TBA

 

 

Field Trip: Gillson Park Sunday Walks

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Go Green Wilmette partners with the Wilmette Park District to host bird walks at Gillson Park during Spring migration.

Meet at 8 a.m. at the purple martin house next to the Coast Guard station building.

Leader: Varies; for more information contact Annie Wolter, anita3615@aol.com

 

 

Field Trip: Montrose Point

Monday, May 20, 2024

Join us for a morning at Montrose Point, a premier migration location in Chicago due to its habitat diversity and location along a natural corridor for migrants.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the main entrance to the Sanctuary.  

Leader:  David Johnson

 

Field Trip: Montrose Point

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Join us for a morning at Montrose, a premier birding location in Chicago due to its habitat diversity and location along a natural corridor for migrants.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the handicapped parking area.  

Leaders:  Nancy Halliday and Libby Hill

 

Field Trip: Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

A Spring migration walk with target species that include various flycatchers and late migrant warblers, among many others.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Brushwood Center parking lot. Register with Libby Hill at libbyhill@comcast.net

Leader: David Johnson

 

Field Trip: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Perkins Woods is a hotspot for warblers and other migrating birds. Look for spring wildflowers, too.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Street; park along Ewing Avenue.

Leader: John Bates

 

Field Trip: Skokie Lagoons

Friday, May 24, 2024

These 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 Road, just east of the Eden's Expressway.

Leaders: Ed and Rebecca Rice

 

Field Trip: Perkins Woods

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Perkins Woods is a hotspot for warblers and other migrating birds. Look for spring wildflowers, too.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Grant Street; park along Ewing Avenue.

Leader: John Bates

 

Field Trip: Openlands Nature Preserve, Highland Park

Saturday, June 8, 2024

The Openlands Lakeshore Preserve is home to three unique ecosystems - ravines, bluffs, and lakefront.

Meet at TBA.

Leader: Josh Engel

 

Field Trip: South Dakota

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

 

Guided tour June 18 - 24, 2024.

In cooperation with Red Hill Birding. Western South Dakota is a classic summer vacation destination. The abundance of public lands, dotted with famous tourist attractions, provides a fantastic cross section of landscapes, birds, and Americana. This trip will take in Badlands National Park, with its incredible rock formations; the Black Hills, an outpost of the Rocky Mountains which reach an elevation of over 7,000 ft; and the vast Great Plains north of the Black Hills. Western birds feature heavily, with iconic birds like American Dipper and Lark Bunting, and an excellent diversity of raptors and many birds typical of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

 

Leader: Josh Engel. One space left.

For more information: South Dakota — Red Hill Birding;

libbyhill@comcast.net