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Apr
21
Sun
Rollins Savanna – Grayslake @ Rollins Savanna - Drury Lane entrance
Apr 21 @ 7:00 am
Rollins Savanna - Grayslake @ Rollins Savanna - Drury Lane entrance

Wetland, grassland and oak grove habitats provide ample opportunity to see a wide variety of  migrating landbirds, shorebirds & waterfowl. Meet at Drury Lane parking lot.

Directions: From I-94, exit Grand Ave. west to Rollins Road, turn left (west) on Rollins and south on Drury Lane – drive .3 mile to parking lot.

Leader: Beau Schaefer 847-337-3602

May
2
Thu
Beginners Bird Walk, Daniel Wright Woods – Mettawa @ Daniel Wright Woods
May 2 @ 7:00 am
Beginners Bird Walk, Daniel Wright Woods – Mettawa @ Daniel Wright Woods | Illinois | United States

Discover the wonders of spring migration at one of the area’s best hotspots, thanks to its location on the Des Plaines River. Bring binoculars (not opera glasses), wear sturdy shoes, and see why spring is birders’ favorite season. Optional gathering for coffee after the walk.

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.

Leader: Rena Cohen 847-971-1107

May
6
Mon
Lakewood Forest Preserve – Wauconda @ Lakewood Forest Preserve
May 6 @ 7:00 am
Lakewood Forest Preserve - Wauconda @ Lakewood Forest Preserve | Wauconda | Illinois | United States

Lake County’s largest forest preserve – made famous last spring for a sighting of the first-ever state record of Painted Redstart – is a great place to check out early spring songbird migration.

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Directions: From westbound Route 176, turn left (south) onto Fairfield Road. Within a 1/4 mile turn right (southwest) onto W. Ivanhoe Road. Do NOT turn left into the Lakewood Forest Preserve parking lot. Continue southwest on Ivanhoe Road about 1/4 mile to the first road on your left (past big white house on corner). This road is gravel and unnamed. Drive down this road to a small parking lot and public toilets. (Map)

Leader: Beau Schaefer 847-337-3602

 

May
12
Sun
Daniel Wright Woods – Mettawa @ Daniel Wright Woods
May 12 @ 7:00 am
Daniel Wright Woods – Mettawa @ Daniel Wright Woods | Illinois | United States

Start your Mother’s Day with a (bird)song! This Lake County warbler hotspot along the Des Plaines River is a rich oak and maple woodland where migrants frequently land on their journey north.

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.

Leaders: Charlotte Pavelka & Doug Reitz (847) 347-8416

May
14
Tue
Lyons Woods – Waukegan @ Lyons Woods
May 14 @ 7:00 am
Lyons Woods - Waukegan @ Lyons Woods | Waukegan | Illinois | United States

The trails in this Lake County Forest Preserve move from pine grove to prairie to oak woodland, providing an ideal stopover for migrants as well as breeding habitat for favorites like Blue-winged Warbler.

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

Leader:Kerry Swift (847) 323-6878

May
22
Wed
Wadsworth Canoe Launch / Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve – Wadsworth @ Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve
May 22 @ 7:00 am
Wadsworth Canoe Launch / Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve - Wadsworth @ Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve | Wadsworth | Illinois | United States

The trail beginning at the Des Plaines River canoe launch loops through woodland, savanna and wetland habitats that can be filled with a wide variety of bird species. One previous chapter walk here even yielded a Brewster’s Warbler, a hybrid Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warbler that is rarely reported in the Chicago area.

Directions: Preserve is on Wadsworth Rd., just east of US 41. Park at the Canoe Launch entrance.

Leader: Donna Kenski 847-347-3474

May
24
Fri
Openlands Lakeshore Preserve at Fort Sheridan – Highwood @ Openlands Lakeshore Preserve at Fort Sheridan
May 24 @ 7:00 am
Openlands Lakeshore Preserve at Fort Sheridan - Highwood @ Openlands Lakeshore Preserve at Fort Sheridan | Highwood | Illinois | United States

Now part of the Lake County Forest Preserves and reopened in 2023 after several years of being closed to the public, this 72-acre site along the shoreline of Lake Michigan is one of the few publicly accessible ravines and blufftop ecosystems in the area and a great stopover for migrants on the way to their breeding grounds.

Directions: The preserve is located at 24256 North Patten Rd. From downtown Highwood, turn east on Walker Ave., then north on Patten Rd. to the parking lot just south of the bridge. The lot is small. You can also park on street. Observe street signs, if any.

Leader: Nancy Tikalsky 773-655-0269