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.
Sep 18 @ 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[...]
Sep 26 @ 7:00 am
Fall migration continues. Leader: Rena Cohen (847) 971-1107 Directions: From Deerfield Rd., enter preserve and follow the signs to Brushwood Visitors Center. Meet in the Brushwood parking lot. NOTE: The gates open at 6:30 am.[...]
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Our next chapter workday Lake Forest Openlands’ 770 Westleigh property is from 9-11 am on Tuesday September 28. Bring your own clippers and gloves if desired; otherwise they will be provided. BIG NEWS on this[...]
Oct 2 @ 7:30 am
Registration Required Fall migration is in full swing! We’ll check the beach for migrating shorebirds and the nearby pines area for warblers and other passerines on the way to their wintering grounds. Bring scopes if[...]
Oct 9 @ 7:00 am
Fall Magic! Everyone’s favorite migrant hotspot. Join us to search for late warblers, early sparrows and shorebirds from the Magic Hedge to the shoreline. Directions: From Lake Shore Dr. take the Montrose Ave. exit east,[...]
Oct 16 @ 7:30 am
A fall sparrow spectacle awaits (we hope!) with special finds in previous years including Harris’ Sparrow, Purple Finch, Pine Siskins and more. Directions: From Rt. 60, take Rt. 43 north to Westmoreland Dr./Middlefork Dr. Turn[...]
Nov 7 @ 8:00 am
Lakefront birding at Calumet Harbor, Steelworkers Park, Park 566, Rainbow Beach, LaRabida and more. We’ll be looking for winter ducks, scoters, loons, special gulls and anything else we can find. Leader: Josh Engel (224) 213-2280[...]
Nov 13 @ 8:00 am
Multi-stop trip begins at Forest Park Beach in Lake Forest and heads north to Waukegan Harbor and other Lake Michigan overlooks. Directions: From northbound US 41, exit Deerpath Road and turn right (east). Continue east[...]
Nov 19 – Nov 20 all-day
The Illinois River hosts an incredible number and diversity of waterfowl in November. The top spot of all is Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, known by birders as Hennepin. We’ll meet Red Hill Birding’s Josh Engel at[...]
Jan 9 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am
This event is a placeholder for a potential “flash event.” NO DATE has been set. Winter waterfowl in the harbor and nearby Stateline Beach, plus a chance for Snow Buntings. January birding can yield great[...]
Jan 12 – Jan 17 all-day
The Lower Rio Grande Valley is home to 540 bird species with specialties ranging from Green Jay, Great Kiskadee and Almatira Oriole to Buff-bellied and Black-chinned Hummingbird, Curve-billed and Long-billed Thrashers, Aplomado Falcon and many[...]
Feb 19 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Annual Illinois Ornithological Society event. Pre-registration required. Watch the Lake Cook Audubon email or visit www.illinoisbirds.org for details. Attendance is limited. Members of Illinois Ornithological Society get advance opportunity to register. The Gull Frolic is[...]
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Check out Lake Glenview for migrating waterfowl, one other waterfowl stop, then drive a short distance to Air Station Prairie to listen and watch for American Woodcocks ‘peenting’ and doing their mating displays at[...]
May 1 @ 7:00 am
One of the jewels of Chicago birding, thanks in part to massive volunteer restoration efforts, LaBagh can be teeming with migrants on a good day. Pre-registration required. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Your participation will[...]
May 7 all-day
Every year since 1972, volunteers have participated in this one-day count across the entire state of Illinois to help measure bird populations. If you’re interested, contact email@example.com Read more...
May 15 @ 7:00 am
Migration should be peaking, Montrose should be jumping, and if we’re lucky, Piping Plovers, will have returned to nest in the dunes. Leader: Ted Wolff (312) 498-5559 Directions: From Lake Shore Dr. take the Montrose[...]
May 18 @ 7:00 am
Over 116 species of birds have been observed in the preserve including resident populations of waterfowl and herons. The site contains an interesting wet meadow which is dominated by sedges, rushes and a few wetland[...]
May 19 – May 22 all-day
Located on Lake Huron, Tawas is one of the busiest migrant spots in the Midwest and also home to breeding Kirtland’s Warblers. Limit 12. Member priority. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Read more...
May 21 @ 7:00 am
This Lake County Forest Preserve property is a great spot for lingering migrants and nesters, with species including Blue-winged, Hooded and Cerulean warblers spotted singing and possibly breeding at the same time last year. Directions:[...]
May 24 @ 7:00 am
Woodland trail loops around through multiple habitats that can be filled with songbirds, savanna birds and water birds. Prior years walks here included Hood Warbler and a Brewster’s Warbler, which is a hybrid Blue-winged and[...]
May 26 @ 7:00 am
NEW! One of Lake County’s newest forest preserves. Considered a birdwatcher’s paradise, more than 116 species of birds have been observed here, including a resident population of waterfowl and herons–the site’s namesake. Six state endangered[...]
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