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.
Dec 3 @ 7:30 am
7:30 am
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[...]
Diamond Lake
10:00 am
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[...]
Shedd Aquarium
Feb 17 all-day
12:00 am
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[...]
Gull Frolic at Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club
Feb 24 – Feb 25 all-day
12:00 am
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[...]
Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am
8:00 am
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[...]
Diamond Lake
Apr 1 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
4:00 pm
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[...]
Meet at Glenview Park District's Park Center
Apr 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
8:00 am
All-day trip for early passerines and lingering waterfowl. Register (required) renabird3@gmail.com Read more...
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
12:00 am
Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake County assignments(630-725-6660) or Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments (casresearch@comcast.net or 847-390-7437). Read more...
Contact Joel Greenberg for Lake County assignments or Alan Anderson for Cook County assignments
May 6 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
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. Read more...
Labagh Woods
6:45 am
‘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[...]
Ryerson Conservation Area
7:00 am
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.   Read[...]
North Pond Nature Sanctuary (Lincoln Park)
7:00 am
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.)[...]
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
7:00 am
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. Read more...
Pine Dunes Forest Preserve
7:00 am
NEW! New trip along newly restored preserve on the Des Plaines River Trail. Directions Entrance is on the south side of Dundee between Milwaukee Ave. and Portwine Rd. Drive to far south end of long[...]
Dam #1 Woods Forest Preserve
May 18 – May 20 all-day
12:00 am
Details at IllinoisAudubon.org as they are available. Read more...
Amboy Marsh
May 23 @ 6:30 am
6:30 am
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.[...]
The Grove
May 27 @ 6:45 am
6:45 am
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[...]
Rollins Savanna
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day
12:00 am
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 Read more...
Southwest Michigan
12:00 am
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[...]
Midewin Tall Grass Praire