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
Warblers, vireos and more at popular migrant stopover. Directions: Meet at the Willow Rd. entrance just east of the Edens Expressway (the sign says Erickson Woods). From the north you should take Edens X-way south[...]
Erickson Woods
7:00 am
Who’s migrating today? Directions: From downtown Highwood, turn east on Walker Ave., then north on Patten Rd. to parking lot just south of the bridge. The lot is small. You can also park on street.[...]
Openland Lakeshore Preserve
Sep 28 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
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. Leader:[...]
Daniel Wright Woods
7:00 am
This field trip to our a nearby 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[...]
Chain O’Lakes State Park
7:30 am
Grassland species plus sparrows, waterfowl and hawks. Directions: From I-90 westbound, exit north on Roselle Rd. Turn left/west at Central Road, drive 1.5 miles and turn right/north into “Grassy Ridge Meadow” lot. Entrance: W Central[...]
Paul Douglas Forest Preserve
7:30 am
Multiple sparrow species. Fall surprises here have included Harris’ Sparrow and Pine Siskins. We’ll also be looking for late songbirds, early waterfowl, migrating raptors and whatever else we can find in this diverse habitat of[...]
Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve
8:00 am
NEW! Fall ducking in Palos Preserves begins at McGinnis Slough in Orland Park. From there we will visit multiple sites in the area. Directions: Take I-294 to I-55 NORTH.  Exit I-55 at exit 279A, LaGrange[...]
McGinnis Slough
Nov 17 @ 8:00 am
8:00 am
Multi-stop trip begins at Glencoe Beach overlook. From there we will  head north and various stops along Lake Michigan. Directions: The Glencoe Beach Overlook is directly east of downtown Glencoe on Park Avenue. There are[...]
Glencoe Beach Overlook
Jan 1 @ 12:00 am – 12:15 am
12:00 am
No. We’re not having a field trip on New Year’s Day. Although maybe…. January birding can yield great winter specialties such as Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Horned Larks and Rough-legged Hawks. But the seasonal weather[...]
TBD
Feb 16 all-day
12:00 am
19th 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[...]
Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club
Mar 29 @ 8:00 am
8:00 am
Our annual search for migrating loons and other waterfowl will be a multi-stop tour that begins at Diamond Lake in Mundelein and proceeds to other lakes in the area based on scouting reports. This is[...]
Diamond Lake
4:00 pm
Afternoon birding for waterfowl on Lake Glenview, dinner at Whole Foods, and American Woodcock watching at Air Station Prairie at dusk. If you only want to join us for Woodcock viewing, arrive at Air Station[...]
Meet at Glenview Park District's Park Center
Apr 18 @ 7:30 am
7:30 am
NEW! Orland Grassland is the sister preserve to Orland Grassland South, where Lake Cook chapter has birded in late April for the last several years. We will be looking for early migrants with possibilities including[...]
Orland Grassland
7:00 am
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. Directions: From Lake[...]
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
12:00 am
2020 Vision on the River May 1-3, 2020 Illinois River Valley Emiquon/Chautauqua Area Details at Illinois Audubon as they are available. Read more...
Details to come
8:00 am
Early Spring arrivals may include warblers, vireos, Black-crowned Night Heron and a possible King Rail. Directions: Take Willow Rd./Palatine Rd. west, turn north into preserve (Stover Rd.) one mile west of Barrington Rd. Meet at[...]
Crabtree Nature Center
May 9 all-day
12:00 am
Contact Adam Sell  (847) 910-7813) adamwardsell@gmail.com or Beau Schaefer (847) 337-3602 adamwardsell@gmail.com for Lake County assignments. Contact Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments (casresearch@comcast.net or (847) 390-7437). Read more...
Contact Adam Sell or Beau Schaefer for Lake County assignments
May 10 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
Warblers and vireos, oh my! One of the jewels of Chicago birding. Early spring migrants. Directions: Enter LaBagh on Cicero north of Foster. We will meet in Picnic Grove #3. (Do NOT go to the[...]
Labagh Woods - Picnic Grove #3
7:00 am
NEW! Bird on Des Plaines River in Libertyville. Read more...
Oak Spring Canoe Launch
May 16 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
Local magnet for migrating songbirds and more. One of Lake County’s best migratory warbler locations. Directions: From Waukegan Rd., turn west on Everett Rd. in Lake Forest, drive to the end (St. Mary’s Rd), and[...]
Daniel Wright Woods
6:45 am
Spring migration is at its peak. Last year’s early May walk here was highlighted by a Cerulean Warbler at eye level as well as many other migrants. Directions: From Deerfield Rd., turn north on Riverwoods[...]
Ryerson Conservation Area
May 21 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
An underbirded migrant hotspot with good possibilities for many warblers, vireos, flycatchers and other passerines. Directions: Preserve is located on north side of Rte. 173 just east of Hwy. 41. Turn into the preserve, take[...]
Van Patten Woods
May 23 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
More migrant fun. Directions: Chicago Botanic Garden entrance is on Lake/Cook Road between Green Bay Rd. and the Edens Expressway/US 41. Meet at Visitors Center. Arrive early or carpool with Garden members to ensure free[...]
Chicago Botanic Garden
7:00 am
Woodland trail loops around through multiple habitats that can be filled with songbirds, savanna birds and water birds. Last year’s walk here included Hood Warbler and a Brewster’s Warbler, which is a hybrid Blue-winged and[...]
Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve
7:00 am
Spring migration is winding down, but late migrants like Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Mourning Warbler can be here at this time along with other spring beauties. Directions: From Lake Shore Dr. take the Montrose Ave. exit.[...]
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
May 31 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
NEW! Great spot for lingering migrants and nesters, including tanagers, warblers, vireos, flycatchers and more. Directions: The entrance is on Blanchard Road, just west of Sheridan Road, north of Bowen Park and south of Yorkhouse[...]
Lyons Woods
Jun 6 @ 7:30 am
7:30 am
Target birds include Prothonotary, Yellow-throated and Pine Warblers along a looped trail. Directions: From I-294, exit Rt. 176 and go west 17 miles to River Rd. Turn north, drive 2.5 miles to entrance on left,[...]
McHenry Dam
Jul 8 – Jul 12 all-day
12:00 am
Great Salt Lake, mountain and sage/juniper birding with local experts can yield up to 150 species including standouts like Flammulated Owl, Cassia Crossbill, Black Swift, Lewis’s Woodpecker and the incredible Phalarope spectacle on the Great[...]
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