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.

Illinois Beach State Park – South Unit @ Illinois Beach State Park - Nature Center Lot
Oct 1 @ 7:30 am
Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit @ Illinois Beach State Park - Nature Center Lot | Zion | Illinois | United States

The South Unit boasts marsh, dune, swale, oak woods, beach and Lake Michigan in one location, offering exceptional opportunities for spotting a range of species.


From US-41, turn east on Wadsworth Rd., then drive 2 miles into the park to the Nature Center parking lot.

Leader: Eric Johnson (773) 551-2367

Daniel Wright Woods @ Daniel Wright Woods
Oct 8 @ 7:15 am
Daniel Wright Woods @ Daniel Wright Woods | Illinois | United States

Double-header Daniel Wright Woods/Half Day Forest Preserve trip at one of the best migrant traps in Lake County, thanks in part to the Des Plaines River.


From Waukegan Rd., turn west on Everett Rd. in Lake Forest, drive to the end (St. Mary’s Rd), and turn left (south) into the parking lot.

Leader: Jerry Hampton 630-400-0755

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.

Finding Owls in Your Neighborhood @ Heller Nature Center
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm
Finding Owls in Your Neighborhood @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Mark H.X. Glenshaw has spent nearly 20 years studying a family of Great Horned Owls in Forest Park, a large urban park in St. Louis, and shares his love of owls through lectures, owl prowls and more. In this program, co-sponsored by Lake/Cook Audubon and Evanston North Shore Bird Club, Glenshaw will explain how to find owls on your own – whether in a subdivision, city neighborhood, pocket park or large public park.

He will discuss the three species of owl you are most likely to see or hear, how to look for them in a safe and ethical manner, how to spot them in trees as well as from the evidence they leave on the ground, what to listen for including both owl calls and the warning calls of other birds and animals, and the importance of research and collaboration.

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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.