Next Field Trips

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

Flash Event! – Winter Specialty Birding (NO DATE SET) @ TBD
Jan 9 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Flash Event! - Winter Specialty Birding (NO DATE SET) @ TBD

This event is a placeholder for a potential “flash event.” NO DATE has been set.

Winter waterfowl in the harbor and nearby Stateline Beach, plus a chance for Snow Buntings. January birding can yield great winter specialties such as Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Horned Larks and Rough-legged Hawks. But the seasonal weather determines everything.

We will communicate this Flash birding event, if it happens, via our Lake Cook Audubon email list. To insure you are on this notification list, subscribe here.

Leader: Cici Birnberg 847-945-8500

South Texas Spectacular @ Lower Rio Grande Valley
Jan 12 – Jan 17 all-day
South Texas Spectacular @ Lower Rio Grande Valley | Alamo | Texas | United States

The Lower Rio Grande Valley is home to 540 bird species with specialties ranging from Green Jay, Great Kiskadee and Almatira Oriole to Buff-bellied and Black-chinned Hummingbird, Curve-billed and Long-billed Thrashers, Aplomado Falcon and many others. We’ll be based at the Alamo Inn B&B, a favorite birders’ getaway, and visit top hotspots in three counties with experienced local guides.

We’ll arrive midday on Wednesday January 12 and have four full days of birding Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a choice of leaving Monday January 17 or staying an extra day for a 2.5-hour drive to see wintering Whooping Cranes and other wintering and resident species.

Maximum 9 participants; Lake/Cook membership and COVID vaccination required. For a detailed itinerary and pricing, email Kerry Swift (swift.kerry@gmail.com)

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.

Winter Warriors: How Birds Survive the Elements @ Location To Be Determined
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Winter Warriors: How Birds Survive the Elements @ Location To Be Determined

Winter can be a trying time for birds, often combining extreme temperatures and increased snow cover with low food availability and increased energy demands. Despite these harsh conditions, many species of birds from your backyard to the Arctic tundra find amazing ways to persist throughout winter. Spencer Keyser, a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is studying the ecology of winter birds, will discuss some of the major ways birds survive winter weather from their physiology to behavior, and how citizen science can continue to inform us on how winter climate may shape the ranges of these amazing winter warriors.


The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the free Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event. You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.
Download the Zoom Client for Meetings here.

Indoor Field Trip: Wings and Talons @ Wings and Talons
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm
Indoor Field Trip: Wings and Talons @ Wings and Talons | Itasca | Illinois | United States

Meet-and-greet the resident birds of prey at Wings and Talons, a nonprofit raptor education organization in Itasca. Highlights will include a Gyrfalcon – the largest falcon in the world and a rare sight in Illinois because ‘Gyrs’ reside in the High Arctic.

Limited participation; Lake Cook Chapter member priority. Registration required. Email renabird3@gmail.com to register.

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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.

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