This field trip to our closest 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. Follow signs to Park Office/Goldfinch Trail lot.
Travel to Sand Bluff Bird Observatory near Rockford to see bird banding, with optional birding nearby afterward.
Located within Colored Sands Forest Preserve in Northwest Winnebago County, Illinois, Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is one of the largest small-bird banding operations in the country that is open to the public. Originally purchased in 1964 as a working farm, it has been converted back into prairie over many years.
Co-sponsored with Heller Nature Center, Park District of Highland Park.
Multiple sparrow species, possible Pine Siskins and other fall migration goodies. 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
Here ducky ducky! Multi-stop driving trip begins at Diamond Lake in Mundelein. This is mostly a driving trip visiting various inland lakes in Lake County. Specific itinerary will be distributed at starting point based on prior day’s scouting observations. Binoculars mandatory. Bring a scope if you have one.
From Rt. 22, take Rt. 83 north to Diamond Lake Rd., turn right, drive ½ mile to Gale Street Inn parking lot on right.
SPECIAL OFF-SITE PROGRAM – MEMBER PRIORITY. 30 PERSON MAXIMUM
From stranded sea lions to endangered African penguins threatened by oil spills and marine animals endangered by single-use plastic, the Shedd Aquarium’s Response Team rescues and rehabilitates animals in danger. Tim Binder, the aquarium’s EVP of Animals, will discuss the team’s work. Limit 30. Member priority.
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17th 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.
Duck migration spectacle at Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area in Linton, IN.
Locally known as the Goose Pond and Bee Hunter Marsh, this 8,034-acre State Fish and Wildlife Area is located along SR 59 just south of Linton. Since 2005, it has grown to become one of the largest and most successful wetland restoration projects in the United States. This huge expanse of wetlands includes over 30 miles of earthen dikes, 1,400 acres of prairie, and nearly 4,000 acres of shallow water. Today, the area is becoming a significant destination for Midwestern birders and hunters; and home to many migrating bird species, attested by the impressive Sandhill Crane fly-in each spring, as well as many endangered species such as the Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Short-Eared Owl, Wilson’s Phalarope, King Rail, Sedge Wren, Henslow’s Sparrow, Whooping Crane, and American and Least Bitterns.
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Our annual search for migrating loons and other waterfowl will begin at Diamond Lake in Mundelein and proceed to other lakes in the area. This is mostly a car driving field trip and not much walking for the entire morning. Bring a spotting scope if you have one.
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. 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 from Patriot Blvd. Travel to the southeast corner of the development. You will see Lake Glenview and parking lot adjacent.
‘Warbler Alley’ should be hopping with migrants.
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 email@example.com
From Deerfield Rd., turn north on Riverwoods Rd., and turn into the Ryerson entrance on the left. Follow signs to Welcome Center parking lot.
New trip along newly restored preserve on the Des Plaines River Trail.
Entrance is on the south side of Dundee between Milwaukee Ave. and Portwine Rd. Drive to far south end of long parking lot.
Who’s migrating today? 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).
Southwest Michigan Sojourn
Multi-day 2-night trip to southwest Michigan.
Cerulean, Yellow-throated, Hooded & Prothonatary Warblers & more. Details forthcoming.
Registation is required. Participation limits. Illinois Audubon Society members have priority.
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