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Oct
24
Sun
Raven Glen @ Raven Glen Forest Preserve
Oct 24 @ 7:30 am
Raven Glen @ Raven Glen Forest Preserve | Antioch | Illinois | United States

NEW!

One of Lake County’s newest forest preserves.

“You’ll be taken in by this preserve’s rolling hills and scenic vistas.”

The most prominent natural features of Raven Glen are Timber Lake, which is a glacial lake, Hastings Creek, scattered wetlands and rolling terrain with oak and hickory groves.

Directions:

Main entrance is at 41080 North U.S. Highway 45 (Route 45 south of Route 173 and north of Miller Rd.

Leader: Kerry Swift 847-323-6878

Learn more about Raven Glen

Nov
7
Sun
South Lakefront Chicago @ Rainbow Beach
Nov 7 @ 8:00 am

Lakefront birding at Calumet Harbor, Steelworkers Park, Park 566, Rainbow Beach, LaRabida and more. We’ll be looking for winter ducks, scoters, loons, special gulls and anything else we can find.

Leader: Josh Engel  (224) 213-2280

Map of the Area:

Nov
13
Sat
Ducks on Lake Michigan @ Forest Park Beach
Nov 13 @ 8:00 am
Ducks on Lake Michigan @ Forest Park Beach | Lake Forest | Illinois | United States

Multi-stop trip begins at Forest Park Beach in Lake Forest and heads north to Waukegan Harbor and other Lake Michigan overlooks.

Directions:

From northbound US 41, exit Deerpath Road and turn right (east). Continue east on Deerpath Road to Lake Road. Turn left (north) then right on service road down to lakefront.

Leader: Jeff Sanders 847-675-7172

Nov
19
Fri
Dixon Waterfowl Refuge Overnighter @ Dixon Waterfowl Refuge
Nov 19 – Nov 20 all-day
Dixon Waterfowl Refuge Overnighter @ Dixon Waterfowl Refuge | Illinois | United States

The Illinois River hosts an incredible number and diversity of waterfowl in November. The top spot of all is Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, known by birders as Hennepin. We’ll meet Red Hill Birding’s Josh Engel at 4 pm Friday at our hotel, do some pre-dinner owling in the evening, then bird the refuge and adjacent woodlands on Saturday until about 3 pm before heading home. Maximum 8 participants; Lake/Cook Chapter membership required. For details and fees, email renabird3@gmail.com.

 

Jan
9
Sun
Flash Event! – Winter Specialty Birding (NO DATE SET) @ TBD
Jan 9 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Flash Event! - Winter Specialty Birding (NO DATE SET) @ TBD

This event is a placeholder for a potential “flash event.” NO DATE has been set.

Winter waterfowl in the harbor and nearby Stateline Beach, plus a chance for Snow Buntings. 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.

Leader: Cici Birnberg 847-945-8500

Jan
12
Wed
South Texas Spectacular @ Lower Rio Grande Valley
Jan 12 – Jan 17 all-day
South Texas Spectacular @ Lower Rio Grande Valley | Alamo | Texas | United States

The Lower Rio Grande Valley is home to 540 bird species with specialties ranging from Green Jay, Great Kiskadee and Almatira Oriole to Buff-bellied and Black-chinned Hummingbird, Curve-billed and Long-billed Thrashers, Aplomado Falcon and many others. We’ll be based at the Alamo Inn B&B, a favorite birders’ getaway, and visit top hotspots in three counties with experienced local guides.

We’ll arrive midday on Wednesday January 12 and have four full days of birding Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a choice of leaving Monday January 17 or staying an extra day for a 2.5-hour drive to see wintering Whooping Cranes and other wintering and resident species.

Maximum 9 participants; Lake/Cook membership and COVID vaccination required. For a detailed itinerary and pricing, email Kerry Swift (swift.kerry@gmail.com)

Jan
22
Sat
Indoor Field Trip: Wings and Talons @ Wings and Talons
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm
Indoor Field Trip: Wings and Talons @ Wings and Talons | Itasca | Illinois | United States

Meet-and-greet the resident birds of prey at Wings and Talons, a nonprofit raptor education organization in Itasca. Highlights will include a Gyrfalcon – the largest falcon in the world and a rare sight in Illinois because ‘Gyrs’ reside in the High Arctic.

Limited participation; Lake Cook Chapter member priority. Registration required. Email renabird3@gmail.com to register.

Feb
19
Sat
Gull Frolic @ Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club
Feb 19 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Gull Frolic @ Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club | Winthrop Harbor | Illinois | United States

Annual Illinois Ornithological Society event.

Pre-registration required. Watch the Lake Cook Audubon email or visit www.illinoisbirds.org for details.  Attendance is limited. 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.

Mar
27
Sun
Loons of Lake County @ Diamond Lake
Mar 27 @ 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.

Leader: Jeff Sanders (847) 675-7172

Apr
10
Sun
Waterfowl & Woodcocks @ Meet at Glenview Park District's Park Center
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Waterfowl & Woodcocks @ Meet at Glenview Park District's Park Center | Glenview | Illinois | United States

 

Check out Lake Glenview for migrating waterfowl, one other waterfowl stop, then drive a short distance to Air Station Prairie to listen and watch for American Woodcocks ‘peenting’ and doing their mating displays at dusk. Dress for ticks. Meet at the southeast corner of Glenview Park District’s Park Center on Chestnut Avenue.

Directions:

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

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

Target birds are Smith’s and Lapland Longspurs, plus the first wave of shorebirds.

Directions:

Take I-55 to Exit 279A, Route 45-LaGrange Rd. south; turn west on 179h St., then south on 104th Ave about two blocks. Then left/east into grassland.

Apr
22
Fri
Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering
Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm
Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering @ Mundelein | Illinois | United States

Save the Date – April 22 -24, 2022.

Details to come at Illinois Audubon Society website.

May
1
Sun
LaBagh Woods @ Labagh Woods - Picnic Grove #3
May 1 @ 7:00 am
LaBagh Woods @ Labagh Woods - Picnic Grove #3 | Chicago | Illinois | United States

One of the jewels of Chicago birding, thanks in part to massive volunteer restoration efforts, LaBagh can be teeming with migrants on a good day.

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.

Leader: Jeff Skrentny 773 677 8852

Directions:

The preserve is located at the corner of Cicero and Foster Ave. 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
7
Sat
Spring Bird Count @ Adam Sell Lake County; Alan Anderson Cook County
May 7 all-day
Spring Bird Count @ Adam Sell Lake County; Alan Anderson Cook County

Every year since 1972, volunteers have participated in this one-day count across the entire state of Illinois to help measure bird populations.

If you’re interested, contact renabird3@gmail.com

May
8
Sun
Daniel Wright Woods @ Daniel Wright Woods
May 8 @ 7:00 am
Daniel Wright Woods @ Daniel Wright Woods | Illinois | United States

Local songbird magnet for  Mother’s Day. Lake County warbler hotspot along the Des Plaines River, a rich oak and maple woodland where migrants frequently land on their journey north.

Leader: Charlotte Pavelka and Doug Reitz 847-549-8814

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. Meet in the parking lot at Everett and St. Mary’s Roads.

May
10
Tue
Ryerson Conservation Area @ Ryerson Conservation Area
May 10 @ 7:00 am
Ryerson Conservation Area @ Ryerson Conservation Area | Deerfield | Illinois | United States

Another hotspot along the Des Plaines River corridor that can yield some of the most sought-after migrants, like the Hooded Warbler that nested there last year and the Cerulean Warbler that hung out at eye level for 20 minutes on a Lake/Cook outing a few years ago.

Leader: Donna Kenski 847-347-3474

Directions:

From Deerfield Rd., turn north on Riverwoods Rd., drive to Ryerson entrance. Enter preserve and follow the signs to Brushwood Visitors Center. Meet in the Brushwood parking lot. NOTE: The gates open at 6:30 am.

May
14
Sat
Glacial Park @ Glacial Park
May 14 @ 7:00 am
Glacial Park @ Glacial Park | Ringwood | Illinois | United States

Best spot in Chicagoland for Black Terns, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Common Gallinules and more.

Directions:

From IL 137 (Buckley Rd.), turn slight right onto W. Peterson Rd., right onto IL 60, left onto IL 120/Belvidere Rd., right onto N. Richmond Rd./IL 31, and left onto Harts Rd. into preserve. Drive to dead end, turn left, then left into Kettle parking lot.

May
15
Sun
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, Piping Plovers, will have returned to nest in the dunes.

Leader: Ted Wolff (312) 498-5559

Directions:

From Lake Shore Dr. take the Montrose Ave. exit east, turn right at the Bait Shop at Montrose Harbor Dr., park near sanctuary entrance and feed parking meters OR park on Montrose before or after Bait Shop for free.

May
18
Wed
Reed Turner Woodland Preserve @ Reed Turner Woodland Preserve
May 18 @ 7:00 am
Reed Turner Woodland Preserve @ Reed Turner Woodland Preserve | Long Grove | Illinois | United States

Over 116 species of birds have been observed in the preserve including resident populations of waterfowl and herons. The site contains an interesting wet meadow which is dominated by sedges, rushes and a few wetland forbs such as meadow rue, marsh aster, and curly dock.

Directions:

Preserve is located on west side of Old McHenry Road, ½ mile south of Rte. 22 / Half Day Rd, in Long Grove

Leader: Rena Cohen 847-971-1107

May
19
Thu
Kirtland’s Warbler & More – Tawas Michigan @ Tawas, Michigan
May 19 – May 22 all-day
Kirtland's Warbler & More - Tawas Michigan @ Tawas, Michigan | Tawas City | Michigan | United States

Located on Lake Huron, Tawas is one of the busiest migrant spots in the Midwest and also home to breeding Kirtland’s Warblers.

Limit 12. Member priority. Email renabird3@gmail.com for details.

May
21
Sat
Lyons Woods @ Lyons Woods
May 21 @ 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.

Directions:

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

Leaders: Nancy Tikalsky 773-655-0269

May
24
Tue
Wadsworth Canoe Launch / Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve @ Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve
May 24 @ 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. Prior years walks 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.

Leader: Donna Kenski (847) 347-3474

May
26
Thu
Heron Creek @ Heron Creek Forest Preserve
May 26 @ 7:00 am
Heron Creek @ Heron Creek Forest Preserve | Long Grove | Illinois | United States

NEW!

One of Lake County’s newest forest preserves.

Considered a birdwatcher’s paradise, more than 116 species of birds have been observed here, including a resident population of waterfowl and herons–the site’s namesake. Six state endangered bird species, black tern, black-crowned night heron, yellow-crowned night heron, osprey, Forster’s tern, and three state threatened bird species, brown creeper, pied-billed grebe and red-shouldered hawk have been found in the area.

Directions:

Entrance is at 22890 N Old McHenry Road, Lake Zurich, approximately 1/2 mile south of Route 22.

Leader: Jennifer Hovey 815-347-2286

Learn more about Heron Creek