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Sep
24
Sun
Chain O’Lakes State Park @ Chain O’Lakes State Park
Sep 24 @ 7:00 am
Chain O’Lakes State Park @ Chain O’Lakes State Park | Spring Grove | Illinois | United States

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.

Limit 20. Member Priority. Register (required) at renabird3@gmail.com

Directions:

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.

Oct
1
Sun
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
Oct 1 @ 7:00 am
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Everyone’s favorite migrant hotspot! Join us to search for late warblers, early sparrows and shorebirds from the Magic Hedge to the beach.

Directions:

From Lake Shore Dr. take the Montrose Ave. exit east, turn right at the Bait Shop at Montrose Harbor Dr., and park along the bend in the road.

Oct
14
Sat
Sand Bluff Bird Banding @ Sand Bluff Bird Observatory
Oct 14 @ 8:30 am
Sand Bluff Bird Banding @ Sand Bluff Bird Observatory | Rockton | Illinois | United States

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.

Oct
15
Sun
Daniel Wright Woods @ Daniel Wright Woods
Oct 15 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Daniel Wright Woods @ Daniel Wright Woods | Illinois | United States

Local magnet for migrating songbirds and more.

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.

Oct
21
Sat
Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve @ Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve
Oct 21 @ 7:30 am
Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve @ Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve | Lake Forest | Illinois | United States

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.

Directions:

From Rt. 60, take Rt. 43 north to Westmoreland Dr./Middlefork Dr. Turn left to the parking lot

Oct
29
Sun
McDonald Woods and Hastings Lake @ McDonald Woods
Oct 29 @ 7:30 am
McDonald Woods and Hastings Lake @ McDonald Woods | Lake Villa | Illinois | United States

Late fall migrants and early waterfowl.

Directions

Meet at McDonald Woods on Grass Lake Road just west of Rt. 45 and east of Rt. 83.

Nov
11
Sat
Lake County Lakes @ Diamond Lake
Nov 11 @ 7:30 am
Lake County Lakes @ Diamond Lake | Waukegan | Illinois | United States

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.

Directions:

From Rt. 22, take Rt. 83 north to Diamond Lake Rd., turn right, drive ½ mile to Gale Street Inn parking lot on right.

Jan
13
Sat
Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Response Team @ Shedd Aquarium
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am
Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Response Team @ Shedd Aquarium | Chicago | Illinois | United States

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.

Register (required) at renabird3@gmail.com.

 

Feb
17
Sat
Gull Frolic @ Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club
Feb 17 all-day
Gull Frolic @ Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club | Winthrop Harbor | Illinois | United States

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.

Feb
24
Sat
Ducking in Indiana @ Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area
Feb 24 – Feb 25 all-day
Ducking in Indiana @ Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area | Linton | Indiana | United States

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.

Registration is Required: renabird3@gmail.com

Goose Pond Map (PDF download)

Mar
25
Sun
Loons of Lake County @ Diamond Lake
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am
Loons of Lake County @ Diamond Lake | Mundelein | Illinois | United States

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.

Directions:
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.

Apr
1
Sun
Waterfowl, Woodcocks & Dinner @ Meet at Glenview Park District's Park Center
Apr 1 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Waterfowl, Woodcocks & Dinner @ Meet at Glenview Park District's Park Center | Glenview | Illinois | United States

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.

Directions:

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.

Apr
22
Sun
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area @ Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
Apr 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area @ Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area | Morris | Illinois | United States

All-day trip for early passerines and lingering waterfowl. Register (required) renabird3@gmail.com

May
5
Sat
2018 Spring Bird Count @ Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake County assignments or Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments
May 5 all-day
2018 Spring Bird Count @ Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake County assignments or Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments

Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake County assignments(630-725-6660) or Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments (casresearch@comcast.net or 847-390-7437).

May
6
Sun
LaBagh Woods @ Labagh Woods
May 6 @ 7:00 am
LaBagh Woods @ Labagh Woods | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Early spring migrants.

Directions:

LaBagh is on the corner of Cicero and Foster Ave., park in Irene Hernandez Picnic Grove lot on Foster, just east of Cicero.

May
8
Tue
Ryerson Conservation Area @ Ryerson Conservation Area
May 8 @ 6:45 am
Ryerson Conservation Area @ Ryerson Conservation Area | Deerfield | Illinois | United States

‘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 renabird3@gmail.com

Directions:

From Deerfield Rd., turn north on Riverwoods Rd., and turn into the Ryerson entrance on the left. Follow signs to Welcome Center parking lot.

 

May
10
Thu
North Pond Nature Sanctuary @ North Pond Nature Sanctuary (Lincoln Park)
May 10 @ 7:00 am
North Pond Nature Sanctuary @ North Pond Nature Sanctuary (Lincoln Park)

Warblers before work!

Directions

North Pond is behind the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Street parking on Cannon or Stockton. Meet at casting pier in southeast corner of the pond.

 

May
12
Sat
Montrose Bird Sanctuary – Magic Hedge @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
May 12 @ 7:00 am
Montrose Bird Sanctuary - Magic Hedge @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Spring migration is in full swing – warblers and more await!

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
15
Tue
Pine Dunes Forest Preserve @ Pine Dunes Forest Preserve
May 15 @ 7:00 am
Pine Dunes Forest Preserve @ Pine Dunes Forest Preserve | Antioch | Illinois | United States

NEW TRIP at a newer county forest preserve

Directions:

From US-41 N, exit west on IL-173, drive 1.5 miles to Hunt Club Rd., turn north. Preserve is on east side.

May
17
Thu
Dam #1 Woods Forest Preserve @ Dam #1 Woods Forest Preserve
May 17 @ 7:00 am

NEW!

New trip along newly restored preserve on the Des Plaines River Trail.

Directions

Dam #1 Forest Preserve Des Plaines RiverEntrance is on the south side of Dundee between Milwaukee Ave. and Portwine Rd. Drive to far south end of long parking lot.

 

May
18
Fri
Illinois Audubon Spring Gathering @ Amboy Marsh
May 18 – May 20 all-day
May
23
Wed
The Grove @ The Grove
May 23 @ 6:30 am
The Grove @ The Grove | Glenview | Illinois | United States

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.

Directions:

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).

May
27
Sun
Rollins Savanna @ Rollins Savanna
May 27 @ 6:45 am
Rollins Savanna @ Rollins Savanna | Grayslake | Illinois | United States

Expect a Bobolink bonanza and more at Lake County’s best spot for grassland and marsh birds.

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.

Jun
1
Fri
Southwest Michigan Sojurn @ Southwest Michigan
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day
Southwest Michigan Sojurn @ Southwest Michigan

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.

Register at renabird3@gmail.com

Jun
10
Sun
Midewin Tall Grass Prairie @ Midewin Tall Grass Praire
Jun 10 all-day
Midewin Tall Grass Prairie @ Midewin Tall Grass Praire | Wilmington | Illinois | United States

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is the place for grassland birds and specialties like Blue Grosbeak, Bell’s Vireo and Loggerhead Shrike.

Watch email for specific date. (Date noted on calendar is NOT the date of this event!)

Meet at Midewin Welcome Center

Leader: John Baxter 815-644-2984