Field Trips

Unless otherwise noted, there is no charge for participation. Some trips have participation limits with prior registration required and are identified as such. At times, members may receive priority but you do not have to be a member of Illinois Audubon Society or the Lake Cook Chapter to participate in most of  our events. Good deal, huh? If you like our field trip programming, here are ways to support our organization.

Learn about membership in the Lake Cook Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society here.

If you wish to be notified about upcoming field trips and programs please register to receive email updates. Please leave your pets at home.

Sep 10 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
We’ll check Waukegan Beach for shorebirds, then look for migrating passerines. Directions: Follow Route 120 EAST (Belvidere Rd.), drive to the lake, turn left on Market St/Pershing Rd. right on E Clayton, left on Sea[...]
Waukegan Municipal Beach
Sep 18 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
Warblers, vireos and more at the height of fall migration. Directions: Chicago Botanic Garden entrance is on Lake/Cook Road between Green Bay Rd. and the Edens Expressway/US 41. Meet at Visitors Center. Arrive early or[...]
Chicago Botanic Garden
7:30 am
NEW! Great stopover for landbirds heading south plus wetland species. Directions: From I-94 tollway, exit IL-173/Rosecrans Rd, turn left on Rosecrans, drive 13 mi, turn left on Wilmot Rd.. then left into park. Follow signs[...]
Chain O’Lakes State Park
7:30 am
Late warblers, early sparrows and shorebirds. Directions: From Lake Shore Dr. take the Montrose Ave. exit east, turn right at the Bait Shop at Montrose Harbor Dr., and park along the bend in the road.[...]
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
7:30 am
Last year’s walk yielded eight sparrow species, dozens of Pine Siskins and other fall migration goodies. Directions: From Rt. 60, take Rt. 43 north to Westmoreland Dr./Middlefork Dr. Turn left to the parking lot Read[...]
Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve
Oct 14 – Oct 16 all-day
12:00 am
First annual HawkFest will include all-day hawkwatches at Fort Sheridan and Illinois Beach State Park, bird walks at multiple sites, rehabbed raptors, and various programs at Lake Forest College. Details at Read more...
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
Oct 30 @ 8:00 am
8:00 am
Late fall landbird migrants. Directions: Take Willow Rd./Palatine Rd. west, turn north into preserve (Stover Rd.) one mile west of Barrington Rd Read more...
Crabtree Nature Center
Nov 12 @ 7:30 am
7:30 am
Multi-stop driving trip to find migrating fall waterfowl beginning at Diamond Lake in Mundelein. Bring spotting scopes if you have them. Directions: From Rt. 22, take Rt. 83 north to Diamond Lake Rd., turn right,[...]
Diamond Lake
Feb 18 all-day
12:00 am
16th annual Illinois Ornithological Society event. Pre-registration required. Watch the Lake Cook Audubon email or visit for details.  Attendance is limited to first 150 registrants. Members of Illinois Ornithological Society get advance opportunity to[...]
Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club
Mar 18 – Mar 19 all-day
12:00 am
Overnight trip to see thousands of migrating ducks, geese and more at Hennepin-Hopper, Emiquon and other central Illinois sites. Read more...
Hennepin Hopper & Emiquon
Mar 26 @ 8:00 am
8:00 am
Multi-stop search for migrating waterfowl begins at Diamond Lake in Mundelein. Bring spotting scopes if you have them. Directions: From Rt. 22, take Rt. 83 north to Diamond Lake Rd., turn right, and drive ½[...]
Diamond Lake
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
3:00 pm
Meet at Glenview Park District's Park Center
12:00 am
All-day trip to see flocks of stopover American Golden Plover resting in ag fields plus early passerines, waterfowl and other shorebirds in central Illinois. Carpooling required, maximum four cars. To register (required): email Read[...]
Coles County, IL
7:30 am
NEW! Target birds are Smith’s and Lapland Longspurs, plus the first wave of shorebirds. Directions: Take I-55 to Exit 279A, Route 45-LaGrange Rd. south; turn west on 179h St., then south on 104th Ave about[...]
Orland Grassland South
7:00 am
Early landbird migrants. Directions: Meet at the Willow Rd. entrance just east of the Edens Expressway (the sign says Erickson Woods). From the north you should take Edens X-way south exiting at Tower Road. Turn[...]
Erickson Woods
May 6 all-day
12:00 am
Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake County assignments(630-725-6660) or Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments ( or 847-390-7437). Read more...
Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake County assignments
May 7 @ 6:30 am
6:30 am
Who’s migrating today? Directions: East side of Milwaukee Ave., south of Lake St. Meet in west (2nd) parking lot by Redfield Estate (the second parking lot). Just follow the road into the preserve. Read more...
The Grove
May 9 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
NEW! Followup to our January program about LaBagh’s rich birdlife & more. LaBagh is on the corner of Cicero and Foster Ave., park in Irene Hernandez Picnic Grove lot on Foster, just east of Cicero.[...]
Labagh Woods
6:45 am
Warbler spectacle! Field Trips begin at 6:45AM and 7:15AM. You must register for the trip of your choice. Limit 18 per time slot. To register (required): email Directions: From Deerfield Rd., turn north on[...]
Ryerson Conservation Area
7:00 am
Spring migration is in full swing – warblers and more await! Directions: From Lake Shore Dr. take the Montrose Ave. exit east, turn right (east) at the Bait Shop (Montrose Harbor Dr.) and park on[...]
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
May 17 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
An underbirded migrant hotspot. Directions: Preserve is located on north side of Rte. 173 just east of Hwy. 41. Read more...
Van Patten Woods
May 19 – May 21 all-day
12:00 am
Details to come at
Kane County, Illinois
May 27 @ 6:45 am
6:45 am
Expect a Bobolink bonanza and more at Lake County’s best spot for grassland and marsh birds. Directions: From I-94, exit Grand Ave. west to Rollins Rd., then left (west) on Rollins and south on Drury[...]
Rollins Savanna
Jun 2 – Jun 4 all-day
12:00 am
This field trip is in the planning stage.