Lake Cook Audubon Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society
Your Lake-Cook Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society

We are a gathering of people who enjoy watching and studying birds and wildlife. We welcome people of all ages and skills to join us on our field trips, programs and other events. Most of our monthly programs are bird-oriented, but we also address environmental and natural history topics.

The Illinois Audubon Society is the state's oldest conservation organization that functions as a land trust to protect and enhance Illinois' unique habitats and to educate the public about them. Organized in 1897, Illinois Audubon is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society.

What We Do Besides Watch Birds

Bird watching events in and around Lake County Illinois are the cornerstone of our chapter. Yet many enjoy our sociable and informative monthly programs usually held at Heller Nature Center in Highland Park, Illinois. We volunteer to monitor Bartlett Ravine and Openlands Lakeshore Preserve and work in concert with other local environmental organizations. We also have an ongoing project to promote Barn Owl nesting in Lake County.

As an all-volunteer organization we cordially encourage your participation in any one of our organizational activities. And though not required for participation, we invite you to join and add your support to our Lake-Cook Chapter (and receive our newsletter). Please contact any of our Chapter leaders for more information
Next Field TripMontrose Point Bird Sanctuary


, Nov 21   7:30 AM
Lake County Lakes
Starts in Vernon Hills

Multi-stop driving trip to find migrating waterfowl.

Next Program

Tues., Jan 19,  7PMDenis Kania
Tales from the Museum Bird Crypt

The Chicago Field Museum Bird Collection contains over 500,000 specimens spanning 150+ years. The museum’s Josh Engel will tell some of the stories behind the specimens. He will also discuss how scientists are using the thousands of birds killed by window strikes to shed new light on bird migration and other topics.