Calendar

Jan
21
Tue
Can iNaturalist Save the World? One Naturalist’s Love Affair with iNat @ Heller Nature Center
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Can iNaturalist Save the World? One Naturalist’s Love Affair with iNat @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Whether identifying flora and fauna in the field with a smartphone photo or using it to record your own observations, iNaturalist is an invaluable natural history mobile app for citizen scientists as well as a rich source of information for researchers and conservationists. Local birder/restorationist Jeff Skrentny – a power user with 13,000+ iNat entries representing nearly 2,800 species of bird, insect, mammal and plant life – will discuss his experience with the app, its importance for the planet, and some of his most exciting sightings.

 

Jan
23
Thu
Monty & Rose – The Story of a Pair of Endangered Piping Plovers @ Wilmette Theater
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Monty & Rose - The Story of a Pair of Endangered Piping Plovers @ Wilmette Theater | Wilmette | Illinois | United States

​”Monty and Rose” tells the story of a pair of endangered piping plovers that successfully nested at Chicago’s Montrose Beach in the summer of 2502019, the first of the species to nest in Chicago in 64 years. The short, independent documentary chronicles these special birds and an unpredictable series of events including a scheduled music festival that propelled the birds to national headlines. “Monty and Rose” features interviews with an array of key players in the story, including biologists, birders, volunteers and the advocates who spoke out when the music festival was proposed. “Monty and Rose” is an independent project, funded through the generous support of backers on Kickstarter. Partners in the project include Turnstone Strategies, Wenkus Productions, Free Spirit Media (Pat Nabong) and Eileen Wagner Design. Music is by local indie favorites Congress of Starlings.

The evening will also feature the premiere of a short film, “Postcards from Waukegan,” chronicling Monty & Rose’s first nesting attempt in Waukegan in 2018.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Bob Dolgan, Chicago Audubon Society President Judy Pollock and Tamima Itani, one of the lead organizers of the Plover Watch volunteer effort.

Feb
1
Sat
Before Fort Sheridan Was a Forest Preserve @ Dunn Museum
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am
Before Fort Sheridan Was a Forest Preserve @ Dunn Museum | Libertyville | Illinois | United States

SPECIAL OFF-SITE PROGRAM – Registration Required

With several years of preserve restoration nearing completion, learn about Fort Sheridan’s history, architecture, notable residents and more, complete with artifacts from the museum’s archives. Then stay to tour the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s new museum at 1899 West Winchester Rd., Libertyville. $8 per person at the door. Register at renabird3@gmail.com.

Feb
8
Sat
Taking Flight: A History of Birds & People in the Heart of America @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Feb 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

FREE but registration required

Email dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or call (815) 344-1294

Of Bogs & Books and the Friends of Volo Bog are delighted to team up with Lake-Cook Audubon & McHenry County Audubon to bring author Michael Edmonds to Volo Bog State Natural Area.

We hope you’ll want to join us! The afternoon talk is open to the public; the morning is for paid members of our sponsoring organizations.

 

Feb
15
Sat
Gull Frolic @ Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Gull Frolic @ Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club | Winthrop Harbor | Illinois | United States

19th annual Illinois Ornithological Society event.

Pre-registration required. Watch the Lake Cook Audubon email or visit www.illinoisbirds.org for details.  Attendance is limited to first 150 registrants. Members of Illinois Ornithological Society get advance opportunity to register.

The Gull Frolic is a unique winter event at Illinois’ premier gull-watching hotspot: NorthPoint Marina. Bring your binoculars, scope and cold weather gear, and join birders outside of the yacht club to enjoy close study of some of our harder-to-find winter species such as Iceland (Thayer’s Iceland and Kumlien’s Iceland) and Glaucous Gulls! A variety of waterfowl typically make an appearance too (scoters and other diving ducks), along with the occasional raptor, owl, or winter finch. Birders wearing bright orange hats will be available to help answer questions along the “boardwalk”.

Registration and tickets required.

Feb
18
Tue
The Future of Chicagoland’s Birds in a Changing Climate @ Heller Nature Center
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Future of Chicagoland’s Birds in a Changing Climate @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Warming temperatures, increasing precipitation and other climate changes are already impacting the flora and fauna of the upper Midwest.  The Field Museum’s Doug Stotz will discuss how these shifts are changing the timing of bird migration and breeding, the wintering and breeding range of birds in the Chicago region, the environmental factors influenced by climate to which birds may be responding, and strategies for helping nature adapt to climate change.

 

 

Feb
22
Sat
South Lakefront Waterfowl @ Calumet Park Fieldhouse
Feb 22 @ 8:00 am
South Lakefront Waterfowl @ Calumet Park Fieldhouse | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Lakefront birding at Calumet Harbor, Steelworkers Park, LaRabida and more

South Lakefront Waterfowl, Chicago @ Calumet Park Fieldhouse
Feb 22 @ 8:00 am
South Lakefront Waterfowl, Chicago @ Calumet Park Fieldhouse | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Lakefront birding at Calumet Harbor, Steelworkers Park, La Rabida and more.

Mar
17
Tue
Going Bat-ty in Lake County @ Heller Nature Center
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Going Bat-ty in Lake County @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Lake County is home to eight species of bat. Andrew Rutter, Lake County Forest Preserve District wildlife ecologist, will introduce us to each species, their unique life history characteristics and ecological roles, LCFPD’s efforts conserve habitat for bats and other wildlife, and the Citizen Science Acoustic Bat Monitoring Program that is documenting the diversity and distribution of bat species in Illinois.

 

 

Mar
29
Sun
Loons of Lake County @ Diamond Lake
Mar 29 @ 8:00 am
Loons of Lake County @ Diamond Lake | Mundelein | Illinois | United States

Our annual search for migrating loons and other waterfowl will be a multi-stop tour that begins at Diamond Lake in Mundelein and proceeds to other lakes in the area based on scouting reports.

This is mostly a car driving field trip and not much walking for the entire morning. Bring a spotting scope if you have one.

Directions to Diamond Lake:
From Rt. 22, take Rt. 83 north to Diamond Lake Rd., turn right, and drive ½ mile to the Gale Street Inn parking lot on the right.

Apr
11
Sat
Waterfowl, Woodcocks & Dinner, Lake Glenview & Environs @ Meet at Glenview Park District's Park Center
Apr 11 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Waterfowl, Woodcocks & Dinner, Lake Glenview & Environs @ Meet at Glenview Park District's Park Center | Glenview | Illinois | United States

Afternoon birding for waterfowl on Lake Glenview, dinner at Whole Foods, and American Woodcock watching at Air Station Prairie at dusk. If you only want to join us for Woodcock viewing, arrive at Air Station Prairie at 7PM. Dress for ticks which are possible along the paths at Air Station Prairie.

For dinner we will gather at Whole Foods located near the corner of Willow and Waukegan Roads in the Willow Festival shopping center on the north side of Willow Road. Whole Foods has an extensive hot and cold prepared foods selection, a comfortable area to eat with seating for about 70 people and rest rooms.

Directions:

Meet at Glenview Park District Park Center. Turn East onto Chestnut from Patriot Blvd. Travel to the southeast corner of the development. You will see Lake Glenview and parking lot adjacent.

Apr
18
Sat
Orland Grassland @ Orland Grassland
Apr 18 @ 7:30 am
Orland Grassland @ Orland Grassland | Orland Park | Illinois | United States

NEW!

Orland Grassland is the sister preserve to Orland Grassland South, where Lake Cook chapter has birded in late April for the last several years. We will be looking for early migrants with possibilities including Henslow’s Sparrow and Smith’s Longspur.

Directions:

Take I-55 to Exit 279A, Route 45-LaGrange Rd. south; turn west on 167h St., Then left/south into grassland parking lot.

Apr
21
Tue
Nocturnal Pollinators: The Secret Life of Moths @ Heller Nature Center
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Pollination isn’t just a daytime activity. Recent research has revealed that moths do the job after dark. Krissa Skogen, conservation biologist and botanist at the Chicago Botanic Garden and adjunct professor at Northwestern University, will discuss the importance of nocturnal pollinators, highlighted by her own work watching hawkmoths flock to evening primroses that bloom at night in the western U.S. attracted by their color and scent. She will also explain the threats faced by ‘night shift’ pollinators, recent findings on the role of climate change and land use change on plant-pollinator interactions, and how individuals can give pollinators a helping hand in their own backyards.

 

 

Apr
26
Sun
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary – Magic Hedge @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
Apr 26 @ 7:00 am
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary - Magic Hedge @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

First wave of passerine arrivals gets us in the swing of spring migration. This is the first of two spring field trips to Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, everyone’s favorite Chicago birding hotspot.

Directions:

From Lake Shore Dr. take the Montrose Ave. exit. Continue east toward the lake. Turn right at the Bait Shop (Montrose Harbor Dr.) and park on the street along the bend in the road. We will meet at the entrance to the sanctuary.

May
1
Fri
2020 Vision on the River – Emiquon – Illinois Audubon Spring Gathering @ Details to come
May 1 – May 3 all-day
2020 Vision on the River - Emiquon - Illinois Audubon Spring Gathering @ Details to come | Illinois | United States

2020 Vision on the River
May 1-3, 2020
Illinois River Valley
Emiquon/Chautauqua Area

Details at Illinois Audubon as they are available.

May
7
Thu
Crabtree Nature Center @ Crabtree Nature Center
May 7 @ 8:00 am
Crabtree Nature Center @ Crabtree Nature Center | Barrington | Illinois | United States

Early Spring arrivals may include warblers, vireos, Black-crowned Night Heron and a possible King Rail.

Directions:

Take Willow Rd./Palatine Rd. west, turn north into preserve (Stover Rd.) one mile west of Barrington Rd. Meet at the Nature Center building parking lot.

Leader: Maureen Marsh (352) 317-5130

May
9
Sat
Spring Bird Count @ Contact Adam Sell or Beau Schaefer for Lake County assignments
May 9 all-day
Spring Bird Count @ Contact Adam Sell or Beau Schaefer for Lake County assignments

Contact Adam Sell  (847) 910-7813) adamwardsell@gmail.com or Beau Schaefer (847) 337-3602 adamwardsell@gmail.com for Lake County assignments.

Contact Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments (casresearch@comcast.net or (847) 390-7437).

May
10
Sun
LaBagh Woods @ Labagh Woods - Picnic Grove #3
May 10 @ 7:00 am
LaBagh Woods @ Labagh Woods - Picnic Grove #3 | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Warblers and vireos, oh my! One of the jewels of Chicago birding. Early spring migrants.

Directions:

Enter LaBagh on Cicero north of Foster. We will meet in Picnic Grove #3.

(Do NOT go to the Irene Hernandez Picnic Grove lot on Foster)

May
12
Tue
Oak Spring Canoe Launch @ Oak Spring Canoe Launch
May 12 @ 7:00 am
Oak Spring Canoe Launch @ Oak Spring Canoe Launch | Libertyville | Illinois | United States

NEW!

Bird on Des Plaines River in Libertyville.

May
16
Sat
Daniel Wright Woods @ Daniel Wright Woods
May 16 @ 7:00 am
Daniel Wright Woods @ Daniel Wright Woods | Illinois | United States

Local magnet for migrating songbirds and more. One of Lake County’s best migratory warbler locations.

Directions:

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: Maureen Marsh (352) 317-5130

May
18
Mon
Ryerson Conservation Area @ Ryerson Conservation Area
May 18 @ 6:45 am
Ryerson Conservation Area @ Ryerson Conservation Area | Deerfield | Illinois | United States

Spring migration is at its peak. Last year’s early May walk here was highlighted by a Cerulean Warbler at eye level as well as many other migrants.

Directions:

From Deerfield Rd., turn north on Riverwoods Rd., drive to Ryerson entrance on left and turn left at first driveway to Brushwood Center.

Leader: Rena Cohen (847) 971-1107

May
19
Tue
The Comeback of Midwestern Sandhill Cranes @ Heller Nature Center
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Comeback of Midwestern Sandhill Cranes @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Sandhill Crane populations were dropping precipitously in Wisconsin 80 years ago, prompting naturalist Aldo Leopold to worry that they would soon disappear altogether. Today flocks of upwards of 10,000 birds converge on the Wisconsin River near the Aldo Leopold’s Shack each fall. That’s a large proportion of the cranes that now nest in Wisconsin. Stan Temple, retired University of Wisconsin-Madison professor, will review the birds’ remarkable recovery, describe their migratory behavior, and discuss some of the recent controversies, such as crane hunting, that have attended their new status as an abundant bird.Sand

 

 

May
21
Thu
Van Patten Woods @ Van Patten Woods
May 21 @ 7:00 am
Van Patten Woods @ Van Patten Woods | Wadsworth | Illinois | United States

An underbirded migrant hotspot with good possibilities for many warblers, vireos, flycatchers and other passerines.

Directions:

Preserve is located on north side of Rte. 173 just east of Hwy. 41. Turn into the preserve, take the first road on the right to the parking lot.

May
23
Sat
Chicago Botanic Garden @ Chicago Botanic Garden
May 23 @ 7:00 am
Chicago Botanic Garden @ Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe | Illinois | United States

More migrant fun.

Directions:

Chicago Botanic Garden entrance is on Lake/Cook Road between Green Bay Rd. and the Edens Expressway/US 41. Meet at Visitors Center.

Arrive early or carpool with Garden members to ensure free parking. There is a steep parking fee for non-members but kiosk is not generally staffed before 7AM.

May
26
Tue
Wadsworth Canoe Launch / Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve @ Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve
May 26 @ 7:00 am
Wadsworth Canoe Launch / Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve @ Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve | Wadsworth | Illinois | United States

Woodland trail loops around through multiple habitats that can be filled with songbirds, savanna birds and water birds. Last year’s walk here included Hood Warbler and a Brewster’s Warbler, which is a hybrid Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warbler.

Directions:

Preserve is on Wadsworth Rd., just east of US 41. Park at Canoe Launch entrance.

May
30
Sat
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary – Magic Hedge @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
May 30 @ 7:00 am
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary - Magic Hedge @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Spring migration is winding down, but late migrants like Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Mourning Warbler can be here at this time along with other spring beauties.

Directions:

From Lake Shore Dr. take the Montrose Ave. exit. Continue east toward the lake. Turn right at the Bait Shop (Montrose Harbor Dr.) and park on the street along the bend in the road. We will meet at the entrance to the sanctuary.

Leader: Dave Antieau (312) 937-1974

May
31
Sun
Lyons Woods @ Lyons Woods
May 31 @ 7:00 am
Lyons Woods @ Lyons Woods | Waukegan | Illinois | United States

NEW!

Great spot for lingering migrants and nesters, including tanagers, warblers, vireos, flycatchers and more.

Directions:

The entrance is on Blanchard Road, just west of Sheridan Road, north of Bowen Park and south of Yorkhouse Road.

Jun
6
Sat
McHenry Dam @ McHenry Dam
Jun 6 @ 7:30 am
McHenry Dam @ McHenry Dam | McHenry | Illinois | United States

Target birds include Prothonotary, Yellow-throated and Pine Warblers along a looped trail.

Directions:

From I-294, exit Rt. 176 and go west 17 miles to River Rd. Turn north, drive 2.5 miles to entrance on left, meet at south end of parking lot.

Jun
16
Tue
Annual Potluck Dinner @ Heller Nature Center
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm
Annual Potluck Dinner @ Heller Nature Center | Highland Park | Illinois | United States

Members and non-members alike are invited to join us for our annual potluck dinner. This is a great opportunity to socialize, provide feedback on our year of programs and field trips. Also enjoy a sneak preview of what’s on tap for our Chapter’s 2020 – 2021 program & field trip year.

Bring a dish to share and personal bird stories to tell.

Not a cook? Store-bought is fine. Everything is welcome – small and large portions alike or bring a beverage.

Jul
8
Wed
Utah’s ‘Best of Summer’ @ Great Salt Lake, Utah, and environs
Jul 8 – Jul 12 all-day
Utah's 'Best of Summer' @ Great Salt Lake, Utah, and environs | Salt Lake City | Utah | United States

Great Salt Lake, mountain and sage/juniper birding with local experts can yield up to 150 species including standouts like Flammulated Owl, Cassia Crossbill, Black Swift, Lewis’s Woodpecker and the incredible Phalarope spectacle on the Great Salt Lake.

Contact renabird3@gmail.com for a detailed itinerary.

Lake Cook Audubon’s “long distance” field trips generally fill early. Members have priority. If you are interested, you should contact Rena now.