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.

Afton Forest Preserve @ Afton Forest Preserve: Pre-registration Required
Jun 4 @ 7:30 am
Afton Forest Preserve @ Afton Forest Preserve: Pre-registration Required | DeKalb | Illinois | United States

NEW! (Pre-registration required)

This beautiful woodland and wetland preserve in DeKalb County is worth the drive for opportunities to spot species like Alder Flycatcher and Ring-necked Pheasant that rarely visit Lake and Cook counties as well as songbirds, rails and shorebirds.

Pre-registration required. Send email to renabird3@gmail.com

Leader: Karen Lund (847) 533-2627


Turn into the main entrance on the east side of Crego Road south of Perry Road, then drive all the way back to the large parking lot.

Afton Forest Preserve website

Prairie Pothole Adventure: 5 Days in North Dakota @ North Dakota
Jun 7 – Jun 11 all-day
Prairie Pothole Adventure: 5 Days in North Dakota @ North Dakota | North Dakota | United States

As one of the largest grassland-wetland ecosystems on earth, the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota is one of North America’s richest birding hotspots. With local birders as our guides, we will spend 3 days in the Prairie Pothole Region and 2 days in the short-grass prairie of western ND near the North Dakota Badlands – including Theodore Roosevelt National Park and an area that has been designated as a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.

Target birds include Sprague’s Pipit, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Baird’s Sparrow, Red-necked Grebe, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Lazuli Bunting, Black-headed Grosbeak, Gray Partridge, Mountain Bluebird, Bullock’s Oriole and many more.

Registration required. Email bonnieduman@gmail.com for trip details.

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.

Our 2022-2023 Program year is complete. We are currently working to develop our 2023-2024 Program Calendar.

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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.