Arrival and check-in. Meet at the Hilton Orrington hotel in Evanston in the afternoon and perhaps do some local birding for those who arrive before 3pm. Welcome dinner at 7pm.
Because of the nature of Chicago’s traffic and airports, the trip will be starting at the group’s hotel in Evanston. Participants should take a taxi or rideshare to get there.
Late afternoon workshop on Warbler Migration: Since the workshop will be in the peak of warbler migration, we will learn the intricacies of warbler migration, from how they do it to how to know what will be a good day to go out and look for warblers.
Morning field trips to the northside Chicago Lakefront and/or LaBagh Woods.
Afternoon workshops on Warbler Song: By the time warblers have reached the Chicago area in the spring, males are warming up their vocal chords getting ready to find a mate and defend a territory just a little bit farther north. So even though the vast majority won’t be breeding in the Chicago area, they are singing up a storm. We will talk about warbler songs and methods of learning them, and we will surely get much practice in the field with hearing them.
Morning field trips to Lake County Forest Preserves, Ryerson Woods and Daniel Wright Woods.
Afternoon workshop on Warbler Identification: The basis for much of today’s birding culture is about finding and identifying birds. With 30+ species of warblers in the Eastern United States, nearly all of which pass through the Chicago area each spring, we will learn the intricacies of spring warblers identification.
Morning field trips to the southside Chicago Lakefront.
Afternoon visit to the Field Museum, workshop on Warbler Conservation: We will take both a local and a wider focus to learn about warbler conservation. We will talk about local issues in the Chicago area—topics that primarily impact warblers during migration, like stopover habitat and window strikes; we will also discuss broader issues like climate change and full annual cycle conservation. We will also be sure to discuss the Midwest’s own formerly-endangered breeding warbler, Kirtland’s Warbler (and its strange link to a famous Chicago crime).
We will also visit Chicago’s Field Museum, which salvages thousands of specimens of migratory birds—many of them warblers–annually that fatally collide with glass in the Chicago area. We will learn about how and why they collide with windows, what happens to those specimens after they come to the Field, how they are used in research, and what we are learning from them.
Morning field trips to the north side Chicago Lakefront and/or LaBagh Woods.
Check-out and departure. Participants can take a taxi or rideshare to get to the airport from the hotel in Evanston.