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
This field trip to our closest 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 Directions:[...]
Chain O’Lakes State Park
Sep 30 @ 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
8:00 am
Peak fall landbird migration should feature many warbler, sparrow and other species. This is a follow up to our August 28 #BirdthePreserves program and an exceptional opportunity to go birding with Doug Stotz in his[...]
Bemis Woods South
7:30 am
Multiple sparrow species, possible Pine Siskins and other fall migration goodies. We’ll also be looking for late songbirds, early waterfowl, migrating raptors and whatever else we can find in this diverse habitat of savanna, wetlands,[...]
Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve
7:30 am
Late fall migrants and early waterfowl. Directions Meet at McDonald Woods on Grass Lake Road just west of Rt. 45 and east of Rt. 83. Read more...
McDonald Woods
7:30 am
Possible Scoters, Red-throated Loons & other migrating waterfowl. Multi-stop trip begins at Illinois Beach State Park North Unit in Zion. Directions: From Sheridan Rd., turn east on 17th St., bear left after Sand Pond, drive[...]
Illinois Beach State Park - North Unit
Nov 10 @ 7:30 am
7:30 am
Date is subject to change depending on waterfowl migration and will be finalized here and in the chapter email. Multi-stop driving trip begins at Diamond Lake in Mundelein. Specific itinerary will be distributed at starting[...]
Diamond Lake
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am
10:00 am
NEW! Registration Required. Limit 20. Member priority. $5.00 participation fee. Join Steve “Owl Whisperer” Bailey to search for Barred Owls and more. Directions: From Waukegan Rd., turn west on Everett Rd. in Lake Forest, drive[...]
Captain Daniel Wright Woods - Registration Required
10:00 am
Registration Required. The Puerto Rican Parrot is one of the world’s most endangered birds. The population has rebounded from just 13 in 1975 to over 600 today, thanks to a multi-agency effort that has included[...]
Lincoln Park Zoo
Feb 16 all-day
12:00 am
18th 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
12:00 am
Waterfowl migration spectacle at Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, 2 hours south on the Illinois River. Details to be provided to attendees. Register (required) at renabird3@gmail.com Read more...
Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes
Mar 24 @ 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
7:00 pm
NEW! Woodcock watching at dusk. Read more...
Lake Bluff Open Lands’ Skokie Valley Reserve
Apr 13 @ 7:30 am
7:30 am
Target birds are Smith’s and Lapland Longspurs, plus the first wave of shorebirds. Directions: Take I-55 to Exit 279A, Route 45-LaGrange Rd. south; turn west on 179h St., then south on 104th Ave about two[...]
Orland Grassland South
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
Citizen science bird count. Not a leader-led field trip. Prior arrangements for participation are required. 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 5 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
Warblers and vireos, oh my! 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
Who’s migrating today?    [Note: We will meet at Brushwood Center – NOT the Welcome Center] Two separate field trips begin at 6:45AM and 7:15AM. You must register for the trip of your choice. Limit 18[...]
Ryerson Conservation Area
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
May 12 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
Local magnet for migrating songbirds and more. Start Mother’s Day with a (bird)song. Directions: From Waukegan Rd., turn west on Everett Rd. in Lake Forest, drive to the end (St. Mary’s Rd), and turn left[...]
Daniel Wright Woods
5:00 pm
Birding by the Big Lake Spring Gathering 2019 May 17-19 hosted by Lake-Cook Chapter Lake/Cook Chapter is hosting the 2019 Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering, which will draw IAS members from around the state. The[...]
Host Hotel - Doubletree Libertyville/Mundelein
7:00 am
NEW! Woodland trail loops around through multiple habitats that can be filled with songbirds, savanna birds and water birds. Directions: Preserve is on Wadsworth Rd., just east of US 41. Park at Canoe Launch entrance.[...]
Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve
May 25 @ 6:30 am
6:30 am
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. Follow the road[...]
The Grove
Jun 1 @ 7:30 am
7:30 am
Best spot in Chicagoland for Black Terns, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Common Gallinules and more. Directions: From IL 137 (Buckley Rd.), turn slight right onto W. Peterson Rd., right onto IL 60, left onto IL 120/Belvidere Rd.,[...]
Glacial Park
Jun 5 – Jun 9 all-day
12:00 am
If you’ve never seen Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Common Eiders or boreal birds like Spruce and Ruffed Grouse, Boreal Chickadee and Black-backed Woodpecker, here’s your chance! Led by Red Hill Birding’s Josh Engel, we’ll[...]
Maine
4:00 pm
Bird Illinois Beach State Park South, BYO picnic dinner, and go Whip-poor-willing after dark. Directions From US-41, turn east on Wadsworth Rd., drive 2 miles into the park, park in Nature Center lot. Leader: CiCi Birnberg[...]
Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit