Field Trips

Please join us on a field trip. There is no experience required. You should bring binoculars for each participant and dress for the weather. Trips function rain or shine.

  • Unless otherwise noted, there is no charge for participation. Some trips have participation limits with prior registration required and are identified as such. At times, members may receive priority due to participation limitations. But you do not have to be a member of Illinois Audubon Society or the Lake Cook Chapter to participate in most of  our events. Good deal, huh? If you like our field trip programming, here are ways to support our organization.
  • Young people who can participate without supervision are welcome. For field trips and programs geared for budding young birders and naturalists we recommend investigating the Illinois Young Birders
  • Learn about membership in the Lake Cook Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society here.
  • If you wish to be notified about upcoming field trips and programs please register to receive email updates. Field trip details listed on this website are subject to change.
  • Please! Leave your pets at home.
7:00 am
Fall Magic! Everyone’s favorite migration hotspot, from the beach to the Magic Hedge. Directions: From Lake Shore Dr. take the Montrose Ave. exit east, turn right at the Bait Shop at Montrose Harbor Dr., park[...]
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
7:00 am
Bird the preserve for passerine migrants. We will walk the main Bird Loop Trail. Bathrooms (temporary port o potties) off main parking lot. Directions: Access the Preserve from Sheridan Road at the stoplight with Old[...]
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
7:30 am
This field trip to our closest state park is a great migratory stopover for southbound land bird and wetland migrants. Directions: From I-94 tollway, exit IL-173/Rosecrans Rd, turn left on Rosecrans, drive 13 mi, turn[...]
Chain O’Lakes State Park
Oct 4 @ 7:30 am
7:30 am
We will start at Crawford Road and continue from there. Combination of walking and roadside birding. Leader: Beau Schaefer 847-337-3602 Read more...
Crawford Road north of Milburn School
7:30 am
Bird the preserve for passerine migrants, with the option to stay for the Fort Sheridan Hawk Watch looking for raptors flying south. Directions: Access the Preserve from Sheridan Road at the stoplight with Old Elm.[...]
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
7:30 am
Our annual mid-October trip to Middlefork Savanna can be a sparrow spectacle with special finds in previous years including Harris’ Sparrow, Purple Finch, Pine Siskins and more. Directions: From Rt. 60, take Rt. 43 north[...]
Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve
7:30 am
Migrating sparrows should be present in abundance joined by lingering earlier migrants as well as newly arriving waterfowl. This is one of Lake County’s newest preserves, with rolling hills and panoramic views of prairie, savanna[...]
Pine Dunes Forest Preserve
8:00 am
Catch the last fall migrants before they depart for their wintering grounds Leader: Jerry Hampton (630) 400-0755 Directions: From Deerfield Rd., turn north on Riverwoods Rd., drive to Ryerson entrance. Enter preserve and drive PAST[...]
Ryerson Conservation Area
7:30 am
We’ll start at the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club parking lot. Bring scopes. Dress warmly. Plan for a lot of standing No bathrooms at yacht club. Directions: From Sheridan Road turn east onto 7th Street and[...]
Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club Parking Lot
7:45 am
This will be a lake watch. Scopes are needed. If no action, we’ll check the trails. Directions From US-41, turn east on Wadsworth Rd., drive into the park continuing PAST the (now closed) resort hotel[...]
Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit - Park Office
8:00 am
Waterfowl migration season is here – bring scopes if you have them. Leader: Nancy Tikalsky 773-655-0269 Read more...
State Line Beach
Nov 8 @ 7:45 am
7:45 am
Meet at Drury Lane parking lot on the north side of the preserve. We will walk out to the observation deck Directions: From I-94, exit Grand Ave. west to Rollins Rd., then left (west) on[...]
Rollins Savanna
Nov 12 @ 8:00 am
8:00 am
Multi-stop trip begins at Gillson Park in Wilmette and heads north with stops at Tower Road, Glencoe Beach overlook and more to look for migrating waterfowl. Directions: From Sheridan Road turn east at Lake Avenue[...]
Gillson Park
7:15 am
We’ll start at the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club parking lot. Bring scopes. Dress warmly. Plan for a lot of standing No bathrooms at yacht club. Directions: From Sheridan Road turn east onto 7th Street and[...]
Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club Parking Lot
12:00 am
Peak fall migration along the Upper Mississippi River offers a spectacle that includes tens of thousands of Tundra Swans, Canvasbacks and other migrating waterfowl, plus massive numbers of overwintering Bald Eagles. We’ll meet in LaCrosse[...]
LaCrosse Wisconsin & Surrounding Area
Nov 22 @ 7:30 am
7:30 am
Registration Required Mostly a beach and swale walk. Scopes needed. Directions: Follow Route 120 EAST (Belvidere Rd.), drive to the lake, turn left on Market St/Pershing Rd. right on E Clayton, left on Sea Horse[...]
Waukegan Municipal Beach
7:30 am
Lakefront birding at Rainbow Beach Dunes with possible stops at Park 566, Steelworkers Park and more. We’ll be looking for winter ducks, scoters, loons, special gulls and other new arrivals. Directions: Follow DuSable Lake Shore[...]
Rainbow Beach Dunes Natural Area
7:30 am
Mostly overlook and drive through. Not much walking 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. Meet at overlook on[...]
Chain O’Lakes State Park