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.

Birding, Native Seed Nursery Tour and Breakfast @ Rollins Savanna and Native Seed Nursery in Grayslake, with breakfast nearby
Aug 14 @ 7:00 am
Birding, Native Seed Nursery Tour and Breakfast @ Rollins Savanna and Native Seed Nursery in Grayslake, with breakfast nearby | Grayslake | Illinois | United States

Join us for a triple-header morning (your choice of one, two or all three events): a 7 am birding field trip at Rollins Savanna, a 9 am tour of the Lake County Forest Preserve Native Seed Nursery located on the Rollins property, and a 10 am breakfast nearby.

Registration required – see below.

7 am: Meet at Rollins Savanna’s Washington Street parking lot for a bird walk led by Beau Schaefer.

9-10 am: We’ll have a guided 9-10 am tour of the Native Seed Nursery, which includes a greenhouse, seed processing facility and nursery grounds, with a 5-acre mix of woodland, wetland and prairie plants located just outside the greenhouse. Rare and hard-to-collect seeds of different native species are grown there and used to restore native habitat throughout the forest preserves.

10:15 am: Breakfast at a nearby restaurant.

Email renabird3@gmail.com to register, and please specify which activities you will be participating in (field trip, seed nursery tour, breakfast). Limit 25 people with priority to Lake/Cook members.

Directions: From US 41/Skokie Highway, exit west on Washington Street and drive 6.8 miles to the Rollins Savanna entrance at 19876 W Washington. Turn right into the preserve and park in the lot. (Do NOT go to the Drury Lane entrance.)

Techny North/Techny Basin – Northbrook @ Techny North/Techny Basin - Northbrook/Glenview
Aug 24 @ 7:30 am
Techny North/Techny Basin - Northbrook @ Techny North/Techny Basin - Northbrook/Glenview

It’s shorebird migration time, and the Techny Basin Conservation Area can have excellent shorebird habitat under the right conditions. We’ll begin at “Techny North” – located on the North branch of the Chicago River – which is among the best non-lake shorebird spots in the area. It also offers grassland habitat to the east, where species like Dickcissels nested this summer (thanks in part to initiatives by local birders to prevent mowing during the breeding season), and a view of the Willowhill Golf Course to the west that can yield raptors and other species.

After birding Techny North, we’ll drive five minutes to the second Techny Basin area – just south of Willow Road – to look for other shorebirds and landbirds.

Join us for coffee/breakfast afterward.

Scopes are helpful to view the shorebirds – please bring scopes if you have them.

Directions: Drive west on Willow Road past Waukegan Road and turn right (north) at the light at Pinstripes, which is Founders Drive. Turn left at the Sheraton Chicago Northbrook and park in the farthest west lo t overlooking the basin.

Leader: Kerry Swift 847-323-6878

Please register at https://forms.gle/Szjp17Vsf8NB9ADB8 so we can get a head count and contact you in the event of a date change due to weather conditions.

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 program year 2024-2025 is in development and will be published shortly.

The Hummingbird Whisperer (226 Species and Counting) @ Heller Nature Center
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm
The Hummingbird Whisperer (226 Species and Counting) @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Denis Kania, former natural areas manager for the St. Charles Park District, has seen 226 of the world’s 360+ hummingbird species in his international travels, and he continues to be in awe of these tiny pollinators because of their diversity as well as their unique behaviors. They can fly upside down and backwards, have adapted to disparate habitats and climates, have a fascinating relationship with plants, and more.  Denis will discuss hummingbird biology and behavior and also share many of the images and stories he has gathered in his quest to see as many as these dazzling fliers as possible.

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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.