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May
13
Thu
The Grove @ The Grove
May 13 @ 7:00 am
The Grove @ The Grove | Glenview | Illinois | United States

The Grove spans 150 acres of oak-hickory savanna and wetland pools that provide an oasis for spring migrants. It’s also a National Historic Landmark.

Pre-registration required.
Send an email to renabird3@gmail.com Your participation will be confirmed or you will be placed on a waiting list. Please only attend if you receive a confirmation.

Maximum of 8 participants with masks (required) and social distancing. Lake Cook Audubon members only. Priority given to members who have not participated in a field trip this spring.

Leader: Dave Taliaferro 847-636-6824

Directions:

Enter on Milwaukee Avenue south of Lake Street and drive to the last (easternmost) parking lot. Meet in the east parking lot by the Redfield Estate (this is the second parking lot).

May
15
Sat
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary – Magic Hedge @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
May 15 @ 7:00 am
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary - Magic Hedge @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Migration should be peaking, Montrose should be jumping, and if we’re lucky, Monty and Rose, the world’s most famous Piping Plovers, will have returned to nest in the dunes.

Pre-registration required.
Send an email to renabird3@gmail.com. Your participation will be confirmed or you will be placed on a waiting list. Please only attend if you receive a confirmation.

Maximum of 8 participants with masks (required) and social distancing. Lake Cook Audubon members only. Priority given to members who have not participated in a field trip this spring.

Leader: Rena Cohen 847-971-1107

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
16
Sun
Illinois Beach State Park – South Unit @ Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit
May 16 @ 7:30 am
Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit @ Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit | Laguna Beach | California | United States

From the Dead River Trail to the Lake Michigan shoreline with sand dunes and other habitats in between, IBSP provides a rich mix of birdlife, including breeding Brewer’s Blackbirds most years.

Pre-registration required.
Send an email to renabird3@gmail.com Your participation will be confirmed or you will be placed on a waiting list. Please only attend if you receive a confirmation.

Maximum of 8 participants with masks (required) and social distancing. Lake Cook Audubon members only. Priority given to members who have not participated in a field trip this spring.

Leader: Cici Birnberg 847-945-8500

Directions

From US-41, turn east on Wadsworth Rd., drive 2 miles into the park, park in Nature Center lot.

May
18
Tue
Emily Oaks Nature Center @ Emily Oaks Nature Center
May 18 @ 7:30 am
Emily Oaks Nature Center @ Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie | Illinois | United States

NEW

Our first trip to this Skokie Park District property.

Skokie’s thirteen-acre savanna and nature center is an oasis full of native wildflowers, grasses, oak trees, a two-acre pond, and trails.

Pre-registration required.
Send an email to renabird3@gmail.com Your participation will be confirmed or you will be placed on a waiting list. Please only attend if you receive a confirmation.

Maximum of 8 participants with masks (required) and social distancing. Lake Cook Audubon members only. Priority given to members who have not participated in a field trip this spring.

Directions

From I-94/Edens Expwy south, exit Touhy Avenue East to first stoplight, Skokie Blvd. Turn left (north) to Howard St. Turn right on Howard St to Knox Ave. Turn left on Knox Ave (north) to Brummel St. Turn left on Brummel Street to parking lot.

Leaders: Dan and Irene Weinman 847-707-2299

Bringing Back the Trumpeter Swan @ Online - Zoom
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bringing Back the Trumpeter Swan @ Online - Zoom

The majestic Trumpeter Swan is our biggest native waterfowl, almost twice as large as a Tundra Swan at 6 feet long and 25+ pounds. In the 1930s, the known U.S. population of Trumpeters numbered just 69, and all of those were in Yellowstone and Montana. Today the species is thriving in the Midwest and even seen regularly at several locations in Lake County.

Dr. Gary Ivey, an Oregon-based wildlife biologist and president of the Trumpeter Swan Society, will review the history, status and biology of Trumpeter Swans and their conservation needs. He will discuss how reintroduction programs and federal protections have brought the species back from the brink, threats to their future survival (they are still threatened or endangered in some states), and why we should care.

ONLINE PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event. You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.
Download the Zoom Client for Meetings here.

May
21
Fri
Mississippi Palisades and Lost Mounds Overnighter @ Lost Mounds/Mississippi Palisades (map is approximate)
May 21 – May 23 all-day
Mississippi Palisades and Lost Mounds Overnighter @ Lost Mounds/Mississippi Palisades (map is approximate) | Savanna | Illinois | United States

MISSISSIPPI PALISADES AND LOST MOUNDS OVERNIGHTER

Friday May 21-Sunday May 23

Just a few hours away from Chicago’s north suburbs, Mississippi Palisades State Park and the Lost Mounds section of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge offer a stunning diversity and quality of birds, not to mention great views of the Mississippi River.

This trip – led by Red Hill Birding’s Josh Engel – will begin late Friday looking for Whip-poor-wills and continue all day Saturday into Sunday morning with targets ranging from Cerulean, Kentucky, Yellow-throated and Hooded Warblers to Lark Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Loggerhead Shrike and many more.

Limit 8 participants. Lake/Cook current members only. Email renabird3@gmail.com for details.

May
23
Sun
Rollins Savanna @ Rollins Savanna
May 23 @ 7:00 am
Rollins Savanna @ Rollins Savanna | Grayslake | Illinois | United States

Lake County’s best spot for grassland and marsh birds, usually including Bobolinks and Henslow’s Sparrows as well as breeding Trumpeter Swans, waterfowl, late warblers and flycatchers.

Pre-registration required.
Send an email to renabird3@gmail.com. Your participation will be confirmed or you will be placed on a waiting list. Please only attend if you receive a confirmation.

Maximum of 8 participants with masks (required) and social distancing. Lake Cook Audubon members only. Priority given to members who have not participated in a field trip this spring.

Directions:

From I-94, exit Grand Ave. west to Rollins Rd., then left (west) on Rollins and south on Drury Lane .3 mile to parking lot on left.

Leader: Beau Schaefer 847-337-3602

May
29
Sat
Lyons Woods @ Lyons Woods
May 29 @ 7:00 am
Lyons Woods @ Lyons Woods | Waukegan | Illinois | United States

This Lake County Forest Preserve property is a great spot for lingering migrants and nesters, with species including Blue-winged, Hooded and Cerulean warblers spotted singing and possibly breeding at the same time last year.

Pre-registration required.
Send an email to renabird3@gmail.com. Your participation will be confirmed or you will be placed on a waiting list. Please only attend if you receive a confirmation.

Maximum of 8 participants with masks (required) and social distancing. Lake Cook Audubon members only. Priority given to members who have not participated in a field trip this spring.

Directions:

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

Leaders: Bill and Annette McClellan 847-987-3376

Jun
6
Sun
McHenry Dam @ McHenry Dam
Jun 6 @ 7:00 am
McHenry Dam @ McHenry Dam | McHenry | Illinois | United States

Located along the east side of the Fox River, this site boasts multiple wetlands and trails that can yield waterfowl, marsh birds, lingering migrants, nesters like Prothonotary Warblers, breeding Sandhill Cranes and much more.

Pre-registration required.
Send an email to renabird3@gmail.com. Your participation will be confirmed or you will be placed on a waiting list. Please only attend if you receive a confirmation.

Maximum of 8 participants with masks (required) and social distancing. Lake Cook Audubon members only. Priority given to members who have not participated in a field trip this spring.

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.

Leaders: Mark and Lorraine Fritzmann 815-382-0055

Jun
15
Tue
The Endangered Butterfly Next Door: Karner Blue Recovery in Wisconsin @ Zoom link provided day of the event
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm
The Endangered Butterfly Next Door: Karner Blue Recovery in Wisconsin @ Zoom link provided day of the event

Wisconsin holds the world’s largest populations of the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, a tiny species the size of a postage stamp that once was found from Minnesota to the Atlantic coast. Outside of Wisconsin, small populations remain in only a handful of states.

Monitoring and management of these populations is crucial to preserving the species. Chelsea Weinzinger, Karner Recovery Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will share the story of the Karner’s decline, its biology, the increasingly rare habitat required to support it, why it is a bellwether for dozens of other threatened species, and how the Department is working toward recovery.

ONLINE PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event.
Download the Zoom Client for Meetings here.