Warblers, vireos and more at popular migrant stopover.
Meet at the Willow Rd. entrance just east of the Edens Expressway (the sign says Erickson Woods). From the north you should take Edens X-way south exiting at Tower Road. Turn left (south) on the Frontage road to Willow Road. Turn left (east) on Willow over the Edens to Erickson Woods entrance. Drive to north end of parking lot.
Two Piping Plovers successfully nested on Montrose Beach this past summer, marking the first hatching of this Great Lakes-endangered shorebird species in Chicago since 1955. Illinois Department of Natural Resources biologist Brad Semel will describe the human efforts behind the feat, from rain rescues to 150+ volunteer monitors who helped safeguard the birds as well as what happened to ‘Monty’ and Rose’ and their offspring. Volunteer coordinator Tamima Itani and several monitors will also share their experiences.
Who’s migrating today?
From downtown Highwood, turn east on Walker Ave., then north on Patten Rd. to parking lot just south of the bridge. The lot is small. You can also park on street. Observe street signs, if any.
This single location field trip includes steps & walking. There is wheelchair & disability access to the paved ravine trail & lakefront from a different parking location. Contact leader.
This field trip to our a nearby state park is a great migratory stopover for southbound migrants. Plus, as a bonus, we will look for wetland species.
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From I-94 tollway, exit IL-173/Rosecrans Rd, turn left on Rosecrans, drive 13 mi, turn left on Wilmot Rd.. then left into park.
Meet at overlook on way to Goldfinch Trail lot. The overlook is a pullout on your right as you travel the entrance road into the state park. Important: please squeeze into this pullout, pulling forward as far as possible and parking on both sides of the pullout. Do not stop on or block the entrance road.
Grassland species plus sparrows, waterfowl and hawks.
From I-90 westbound, exit north on Roselle Rd. Turn left/west at Central Road, drive 1.5 miles and turn right/north into “Grassy Ridge Meadow” lot.
Multiple sparrow species. Fall surprises here have included Harris’ Sparrow and Pine Siskins. We’ll also be looking for late songbirds, early waterfowl, migrating raptors and whatever else we can find in this diverse habitat of savanna, wetlands, woodlands and prairie.
From Rt. 60, take Rt. 43 north to Westmoreland Dr./Middlefork Dr. Turn left to the parking lot
Leader: Joe Rockey (224) 875-8851
Note Date Change to Fourth Tuesday of Month
Mark H.X. Glenshaw has closely observed and documented the lives of a mated pair of Great Horned Owls in Forest Park, a large urban park in St. Louis, since 2005. He will share the story of how he found these owls, the wide range of behaviors he has seen, and what he’s learned about the species in hours of observation.
Fall ducking in Palos Preserves begins at McGinnis Slough in Orland Park. From there we will visit multiple sites in the area.
Take I-294 to I-55 NORTH. Exit I-55 at exit 279A, LaGrange Road/US 45 South). Drive 13 miles on LaGrange Road/ US-45 south to 167th St., and turn right (west). Look for the entrance to the parking lot on the left/south side of the street. .
Multi-stop trip begins at Glencoe Beach overlook. From there we will head north and various stops along Lake Michigan.
The Glencoe Beach Overlook is directly east of downtown Glencoe on Park Avenue. There are no bathrooms. There is a Starbucks in downtown Glencoe on Lake Ave for relief and refueling.
Leader: Jeff Sanders (847) 675-7172 Day-of-trip contact: Rena Cohen (847) 971-1107.
Who doesn’t love watching a bird sing his heart out to attract a mate? David Enstrom, a retired ornithologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, will describe the way birds produce songs and colors and how they are used in displays, how bird perception differs from human perception, and what this means to our understanding of bird behavior. He will also touch on how the study of birds affected the history of evolutionary science and share some spectacular examples of avian displays.
No. We’re not having a field trip on New Year’s Day. Although maybe….
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.
Whether identifying flora and fauna in the field with a click or using it to record your own non-bird observations, iNaturalist is an invaluable new tool for nature lovers. Local birder/restorationist Jeff Skrentny will explain how to use the app and tell some of the tales behind his 11,000+ iNaturalist entries representing over 2,600 species of bird, insect, mammal and plant life.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take I-55 to Exit 279A, Route 45-LaGrange Rd. south; turn west on 167h St., Then left/south into grassland parking lot.
Glenview’s Carol Freeman spent more than a decade photographing all 483 threatened and endangered species in Illinois, from plants to birds, insects and other animals, culminating this fall in the publication of a book called Endangered Beauty. She will share the inspiration behind the project as well as stories of how she captured some of her photos.
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.
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.
Early Spring arrivals may include warblers, vireos, Black-crowned Night Heron and a possible King Rail.
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
Contact Adam Sell (847) 910-7813) firstname.lastname@example.org or Beau Schaefer (847) 337-3602 email@example.com for Lake County assignments.
Contact Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments (firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 390-7437).
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.
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