Unless otherwise noted, there is no charge for participation. Some trips have participation limits with prior registration required and are identified as such. You do not have to be a member of Illinois Audubon Society or the Lake Cook Chapter to participate in our events. Good deal, huh? If you like our field trip programming, here are ways to support our organization.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 7:00 AM
Waukegan Beach & Pines
We’ll check Waukegan Beach for shorebirds, then look for migrating passerines.
From I-94, exit at Route 120 EAST (Belvidere Rd.), drive to the lake, turn left on Pershing Rd. right on E Clayton, left on Sea Horse Drive, and bear right to beach parking lot.
Leader: Adam Sell (847) 910-7813
Sunday, September 27, 2015 7:00 AM
Illinois Beach State Park - North Unit
Great place to see fall sparrows and other species heading south.
From I-94, exit east at Route 120, turn north on Green Bay, then east on Route 173, north on Sheridan Rd., and east on 17th Street. Bear left after Sand Pond and drive to the last parking lot. (Map)
Leader: Beau Schaefer 847-265-9067
September 25 - 27 2015
Illinois Audubon Society Fall Gathering and
117th Annual Members Meeting
Lincoln Land Community College
Join your Illinois Audubon Society for its annual fall gathering featuring regional field trips together with information sessions about your Society. Meet IAS members from around Illinois and learn what your IAS is doing to advance its mission of conservation.
From Rt. 60, take Rt. 43 north to the traffic light at Westmoreland
Dr./Middlefork Dr. Turn left to the end of Middlefork and turn left into
the parking lot.
Registration is required by writing email@example.com.
Leader: Richard Bisbee (847) 917-7665
Saturday - Sunday, October 31 - November 1, 2015 OVERNIGHTER
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
36 hours at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, one of Wisconsin’s top birding sites and a waterfowl wonderland.
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to provide an undisturbed sanctuary for a number of migratory birds and waterfowl including the redhead duck as well as to provide opportunities for people to connect with nature through many wildlife dependent recreational activities such as wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation, fishing and hunting. Learn more about Horicon Marsh.
This field trip has a $10 fee for Lake Cook Audubon members and $20 for non-members. There is a registration limit.
To register (required): email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 14, 2015 9 AM to 8 PM Sandhill Cranes in Indiana
All-day trip with several birding stops on the way to Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area to see the spectacle of up to 10,000 Sandhill Cranes staging to migrate.
We’ll stop for dinner on the way home.
Registration required. Email email@example.com
Saturday, November 21, 2015 7:30 AM CANCELED Lake County Lakes
Multi-stop driving trip to find migrating fall waterfowl.
(Note: This field trip was re-scheduled. It was originally scheduled for 11/7 but the birds have not yet arrived in quantity in our area.)
Meet at Heritage Lake/Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills. Bring spotting scopes if you have them. Take Route 60 to Lakeview Pkwy between Milwaukee and Butterfield; turn north on Lakeview; driveway is just south of a church.
Leader: Jeff Sanders 847-657-6431
INDOOR FIELD TRIP (Registration Closed - Fully subscribed)
Saturday, January 23, 2016 10:00 AM
Notebaert Museum Indoor Field Trip
Blanding's Turtles and more – see Program listing for this date and event.
Pre-registration for this Field Trip is required and closes (or has closed) December 15, 2015.
Date To Be Determined
Winter Specialty Birding Trip
We will opportunistically schedule around both weather and sightings to look for winter speciality birds such as Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Horned Larks and Rough-legged Hawks.
This field trip will be short notice by email, Facebook and Twitter with dates and details. If you are not already on our email contact list you can sign up here.
This field trip was taken on February 6, 2016:
Saturday, February 6
Prairie Falcon All-Day Trip Coles County, Illinois
Two Prairie Falcons have been hanging out in Coles County, south of
Champaign, since December. This is an unusual species for Illinois but
has shown up in the same area for the past few winters.
A local birder familiar with the area has agreed to provide guiding
services to search for these birds as well as Great-horned Owls, Eastern
Screech Owls, Lapland Longspurs, Merlin, Kestrel, Rough-legged Hawk and
assorted ducks and swans.
The group will meet at midday, allowing time for the 3-1/2 hour drive,
and bird until dusk when the Prairie Falcons usually come home to roost.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 (Registration is Closed - Fully subscribed)
Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club
Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
This annual event is produced by the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS).
Attendance is limited due to space. Priority registration is given to IOS members. Lake Cook Audubon email subscribers will be notified when public registration is available.
Saturday, March 26, 2016 8:00 AM (No Limits. No RSVP necessary.)
Loons of Lake County
Starts in Mundelein, Illinois
Our annual search for migrating loons and other waterfowl will begin at Diamond Lake in Mundelein and proceed to other lakes in the area. This is mostly a car driving field trip and not much walking. Bring a spotting scope if you have one.
From Rt. 22, take Rt. 83 north to Diamond Lake Rd., turn right (east), and drive ½ mile to the parking lot on the right. (Map)
Leader: Jeff Sanders (847) 657-6431
Saturday, April 9, 2016
3 pm-8 pm
Waterfowl, Woodcocks & Dinner
Lake Glenview & Environs
Afternoon birding, dinner at Sweet Tomatoes, and American Woodcock watching at Air Station Prairie at dusk.
We'll start at Lake Glenview for lingering waterfowl followed by a bit of nearby land-birding, grab a group dinner at Sweet Tomatoes, and finish at Air Station Prairie to hear (and maybe see) American Woodcocks doing their mating display at dusk. Ticks in residence at Air Station Prairie: dress appropriately.
Meet at Glenview Park District’s Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Avenue, Glenview (turn east from Patriot Boulevard). Park in the southeast corner. (Map)
Leader:Ethan Ellis (contact Rena Cohen 847-971-1107 with questions)
Sunday April 24, 2016 8:00 AM
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve Highwood, Illinois MAP
Bring your binoculars for a Birding 101 lesson and walk at this site just north of downtown Highwood on Lake Michigan. Experienced birders will help find and identify birds with you. No prior birding experience is necessary.
This is a moderate walk along some asphalt, bark and grass trails. Some trails are wheelchair accessible. Access to the lake shore is closed in 2016 during coastal habitat restoration.
While children are welcome, this walk is best enjoyed by those who are old enough to use binoculars.
Please bring binoculars. None will be provided. Wear appropriate trail footwear. Some trails are expected to be wet and muddy.
Take Sheridan Rd. north of Highwood to Old Elm Rd/Simonds Way, enter on Simonds Way, turn left on Leonard Wood Drive North, then left on Gilgare Lane to parking area.
Notice: Please observe parking regulations or you will be ticketed.
Leaders: Sonny and Rena Cohen 847-971-1107
IAS Spring Gathering Weekend
Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1, 2016 Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering
A gathering of your Illinois Audubon Society with other members and friends from throughout the state. Network with conservationists, environmentalists and birders. This year’s event will be in and around Springfield, Illinois. Details can be found in the Illinois Audubon Magazine sent to members or at the Illinois Audubon website. Members and non-members alike are invited to this birding, social and organizational weekend
Thursday, May 5, 20168:00 AM
Crabtree Nature Center
Barrington Hills, IllinoisMAP
Spring should be springing with the first wave of landbird migrants.
Follow Willow Rd./Palatine Rd. west, turn north into preserve (Stover Rd.) one mile west of Barrington Rd.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 6:30 AM The Grove
Glenview, Illinois (Map)
A favorite suburban spring migration stop.
East side of Milwaukee Ave., just south of Lake St. Meet in west parking lot by Redfield Estate.
Leaders: Dan and Irene Weinman 847-707-2299
Saturday May 14, 20167:00 AM
Palos & Southwest Cook County
Half-day multi-stop trip to look for migrants and specialties like Pileated Woodpecker, Summer Tanager, Hooded & Kentucky Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrush.
Meet at McLaughry Springs in Palos Hills (exit I-55 at LaGrange Rd/US 45; drive south to 83; turn east on 83, then south on Kean Ave. to entrance.
Leader: Wes Serafin 708-997-4825
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:00 AM
Van Patten Woods
Wadsworth, Illinois An underbirded migrant hotspot in Lake County.
Preserve is located on north side of Rte. 173 just east of Highway 41.
Leader: Jeff Sanders 847-657-6431
Sunday, May 22, 2016 8:00 AM (Gates Open at 8 AM)
Search for migrants and nesting species like Prothonotary, Yellow-throated and Pine Warblers.
From I-294, exit Rt. 176 and go west 17 miles to River Rd. Turn north, drive 2.5 miles to McHenry Dam entrance, meet at south end of parking lot.
Leaders: Mark and Lorraine Fritzmann 815-382-0055
Saturday, May 28, 2016 4:00 PM to 9 PM Illinois Beach State Park South Unit & Whip-poor-wills
BYO picnic dinner, and go Whip-poor-willing after dark.
Take I-41 north toward Wisconsin, turn east on Wadsworth Rd., and drive 2 miles past Sheridan Rd. into the park. Park at the Nature Center parking lot.
Leader: Rena Cohen 847-971-1107
Sunday, June 5, 2016 8:00 AM
Rock Cut State Park
Bird Rock Cut and environs for Blue-winged Warblers, Alder / Acadian / Yellow-bellied / Olive-sided Flycatchers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, White-eyed Vireos, Grasshopper Sparrows, possible Mississippi Kites & more.
This will be a walking field trip. Please be prepared with water and insect repellent.
Exit I-90 at IL 173 west; drive less than ½ mile to NORTH park entrance.
After entering the north entrance, you will pass through the prairie
and come to a stop sign. Continue straight. The road will make several
twists and turns through the forest and then pass over the dam at
Pierce Lake. After crossing the dam, you will come to a large picnic
area with bathrooms and lots of parking. Park in the spaces across from
the bathrooms by the white pines. (Map)
Leader:Rena Cohen 847-971-1107
Field Trip Events Archive
Field Trips from previous years
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Not Pretty. But it works. And probably beats adding all the dates & details individually.