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Next Field Trips

Join us on our next bird watching field trip. Unless otherwise noted, there is no charge for participation. Some trips may require prior registration or are prioritized for Lake Cook Audubon members. This will be noted in the field trip description.

May
22
Wed
Wadsworth Canoe Launch / Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve – Wadsworth @ Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve
May 22 @ 7:00 am
Wadsworth Canoe Launch / Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve - Wadsworth @ Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve | Wadsworth | Illinois | United States

The trail beginning at the Des Plaines River canoe launch loops through woodland, savanna and wetland habitats that can be filled with a wide variety of bird species. One previous chapter walk here even yielded a Brewster’s Warbler, a hybrid Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warbler that is rarely reported in the Chicago area.

Directions: Preserve is on Wadsworth Rd., just east of US 41. Park at the Canoe Launch entrance.

Leader: Donna Kenski 847-347-3474

May
24
Fri
Openlands Lakeshore Preserve at Fort Sheridan – Highwood @ Openlands Lakeshore Preserve at Fort Sheridan
May 24 @ 7:00 am
Openlands Lakeshore Preserve at Fort Sheridan - Highwood @ Openlands Lakeshore Preserve at Fort Sheridan | Highwood | Illinois | United States

Now part of the Lake County Forest Preserves and reopened in 2023 after several years of being closed to the public, this 72-acre site along the shoreline of Lake Michigan is one of the few publicly accessible ravines and blufftop ecosystems in the area and a great stopover for migrants on the way to their breeding grounds.

Directions: The preserve is located at 24256 North Patten Rd. From downtown Highwood, turn east on Walker Ave., then north on Patten Rd. to the parking lot just south of the bridge. The lot is small. You can also park on street. Observe street signs, if any.

Leader: Nancy Tikalsky 773-655-0269

 


Next Programs

Our programs are open to the public and free. Most are offered at Heller Nature Center in Highland Park. Some may be presented on Zoom. This will be noted in the program description. Many past-programs can now be viewed on YouTube here.

May
21
Tue
Creatures of the Night: Whip-poor-wills and Their Insect Prey @ Heller Nature Center
May 21 @ 7:00 pm
Creatures of the Night: Whip-poor-wills and Their Insect Prey @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Eastern Whip-poor-wills are declining, and one reason may be a simultaneous decline in the nocturnal insects on which they feed. University of Illinois PhD student Grant Witynski and other members of the Ward Lab of Ornithology have conducted hundreds of hours of insect trapping using ultraviolet-light traps on Whip-poor-will breeding grounds. By using fecal DNA metabarcoding to detect prey species consumed by Whip-poor-wills, Witynski is seeking insights into their foraging ecology that provide clues to their falling populations and suggest future directions for conservation efforts. This program will be followed by a weekend field trip to Illinois Beach State Park to hear the bird call its name and hopefully catch a glimpse at nightfall.

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Who We Are

We are a gathering of people who enjoy bird 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.