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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.

Jun
15
Sat
Illinois Beach State Park – South Unit @ Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit
Jun 15 @ 7:00 am
Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit @ Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit | Laguna Beach | California | United States

In mid-June IBSP South Unit is a great place to look for late migrants, shorebirds and nesting birds – including Brewer’s Blackbirds that are hard to find in the Chicago area. As the morning heats up, we may see butterflies as well.

Directions: The South Unit of Illinois Beach State Park is located just east of the intersection of Sheridan Rd. and Wadsworth Rd. in Zion. Just follow Wadsworth Road east past Sheridan Road to enter the park. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot (Map)

Leaders: Rena Cohen 847-971-1107 and Lisa Draper 224-305-3735

Jun
27
Thu
Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve – Libertyville @ Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve
Jun 27 @ 7:00 am
Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve – Libertyville @ Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve

NEW! This small natural area connects Independence Grove with Oak Openings. It packs a lot of different habitats into a short 2-2.5 mile walk, including rolling prairie, woods, creek and pond habitats, providing opportunities for a wide range of birdlife.

Directions: Take Route 41 north to Buckley Rd./Route 137. Turn west and drive 5.6 miles to Butterfield Rd. Turn right on Butterfield (NOT left, ignore the arrow on the street sign) and park on Castleton Rd near the trail head. There is a portable toilet on the property or use the restrooms at the McDonalds on Peterson Rd before arriving.

Leader: Wanda Supanich 224-433-1675

 


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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.

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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.