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.
Citizen science bird count. Not a leader-led field trip. Prior arrangements for participation are required.
Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake County assignments(630-725-6660) or Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments (email@example.com or 847-390-7437).
Who’s migrating today? [Note: We will meet at Brushwood Center – NOT the Welcome Center]
Two separate field trips begin at 6:45AM and 7:15AM. You must register for the trip of your choice. Limit 18 per time slot. To register (required): email firstname.lastname@example.org
From Deerfield Rd., turn north on Riverwoods Rd., drive to Ryerson entrance on left and turn left at first driveway to Brushwood Center.
Birding by the Big Lake
Spring Gathering 2019
hosted by Lake-Cook Chapter
Lake/Cook Chapter is hosting the 2019 Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering, which will draw IAS members from around the state. The weekend will feature Friday and Saturday night speakers, nearly 20 field trips, and a raffle and silent auction whose proceeds will support future chapter programs and initiatives.
On Friday night, local raptor photographer and enthusiast Vic Berardi will discuss why Lake County has two hawk watches just a short distance apart, what’s been seen at them, and his personal hawk watching highlights. On Saturday night, in keeping with the “Big Lake” theme of the weekend, David Ullrich, longtime director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, will provide insights into the past and present environmental challenges faced by the Great Lakes.
A full schedule of field trips and registration information will be available in January. Prior registration is required and opens January 1, 2019. Members and non-members are welcome.
The Grove is a favorite spring stop with both land and water habitat. See warblers and other migrants up close and personal.
East side of Milwaukee Ave., south of Lake St. Follow the road into the preserve. Meet in the east parking lot by the Redfield Estate (this is the second parking lot).
Best spot in Chicagoland for Black Terns, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Common Gallinules and more.
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. Meet at the first parking lot on right.
If you’ve never seen Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Common Eiders or boreal birds like Spruce and Ruffed Grouse, Boreal Chickadee and Black-backed Woodpecker, here’s your chance! Led by Red Hill Birding’s Josh Engel, we’ll be exploring Acadia National Park on the coast plus the boreal forests near the border with New Brunswick, Canada. We also expect to see many birds on their breeding grounds that we know only as migrants, including 20+ species of warbler.
Maximum attendance is 14. Members only. Price is $1420 (double occupancy) plus airfare. Email email@example.com for an itinerary and to register.