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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.

Mar
30
Sat
Loons of Lake County @ Diamond Lake
Mar 30 @ 8:00 am

Our annual spring waterfowl trip begins at Diamond Lake in Mundelein, followed by other stops looking for ducks, loons and pelicans passing through on their spring journey to their breeding grounds. Bring scopes if you have them.

Directions: Meet at Gale Street Inn parking lot, 935 N. Diamond Lake Rd., Mundelein.

Leader: Jeff Sanders 847-675-7172 (landline)

Contact day of trip: Rena Cohen 848-971-1107

Apr
21
Sun
Rollins Savanna – Grayslake @ Rollins Savanna - Drury Lane entrance
Apr 21 @ 7:00 am
Rollins Savanna - Grayslake @ Rollins Savanna - Drury Lane entrance

Wetland, grassland and oak grove habitats provide ample opportunity to see a wide variety of  migrating landbirds, shorebirds & waterfowl. Meet at Drury Lane parking lot.

Directions: From I-94, exit Grand Ave. west to Rollins Road, turn left (west) on Rollins and south on Drury Lane – drive .3 mile to parking lot.

Leader: Beau Schaefer 847-337-3602


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.

Mar
19
Tue
“Pleased to Meetcha!” Identifying Spring Birds by Ear @ Heller Nature Center
Mar 19 @ 6:30 pm
“Pleased to Meetcha!” Identifying Spring Birds by Ear @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

6:30 pm (NOTE TIME CHANGE – WOODCOCK WALK FOLLOWING THE PROGRAM)

Birding by ear is an essential skill for bird identification, especially during the spring when birds sing to signal that they are looking for mates. David Rupp, Owner/Guide of IndiGo Birding Nature Tours, will help us sharpen our skills in this interactive program that uses mnemonics and other strategies to help us learn to identify birds by ear. The program will be immediately followed by a walk at Heller Nature Center to see American Woodcock doing their aerial flight displays at dusk. Bring binoculars for woodcock watching!

Watch the brief video:

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Apr
16
Tue
The Rise of the Pileated Woodpecker @ Heller Nature Center
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm
The Rise of the Pileated Woodpecker @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Pileated Woodpecker populations declined in the 19th and early 20th centuries because of a loss of forest habitat, and even 10 years ago they were scarce in northeastern Illinois. Today, with their flaming red crests and awe-inspiring size, they are making a comeback across large portions of their range and are regularly seen in many local preserves – much to the thrill of local birders. Chuck Rizzo, wildlife biologist with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, will explain what’s happening, why Pileateds are a keystone species, and some of the habits of this charismatic woodpecker.

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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.