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
First wave of passerine arrivals gets us in the swing of spring migration. Chicago’s most famous migrant trap, aka “The Magic Hedge,” is everyone’s favorite spring birding spot. Pre-registration required. Send an email to[...]
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
12:00 am
Chapter Big Day – Ready, Set, Bird! Sign up NOW to participate! Saturday May 1 is an Illinois Audubon Society Chapter Big Day (details here). This is a competition to determine which chapter can find[...]
May 2 @ 7:00 am
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 Your participation will[...]
Labagh Woods - Picnic Grove #3
May 8 all-day
12:00 am
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: Adam Sell ( (847) 910-7813) for Lake County assignments[...]
Adam Sell Lake County; Alan Anderson Cook County
May 9 @ 7:00 am
7:00 am
Start your Mother’s Day off right at this Lake County warbler hotspot along the Des Plaines River, a rich oak and maple woodland where migrants frequently land on their journey north. Meet in the parking[...]
Daniel Wright Woods
6:30 am
Another hotspot along the Des Plaines River corridor that can yield some of the most sought-after migrants, like the Hooded Warbler that nested there last year and the Cerulean Warbler that hung out at eye[...]
Ryerson Conservation Area
May 13 @ 6:30 am
6:30 am
The Grove spans 150 acres of oak-hickory savanna and wetland pools that provide an oasis for spring migrants. It’s also a National Historic Landmark. Pre-registration required. Send an email to Your participation will be[...]
The Grove
7:00 am
Migration should be peaking, Montrose should be jumping, and if we’re lucky, Monty and Rose, the world’s most famous Piping Plovers, will have returned to nest in the dunes. From Lake Shore Dr., take the[...]
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
8:00 am
From the Dead River Trail to the Lake Michigan shoreline with sand dunes and other habitats in between, IBSP provides a rich mix of birdlife, including breeding Brewer’s Blackbirds most years. From US-41, turn east[...]
Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit
12:00 am
MISSISSIPPI PALISADES AND LOST MOUNDS OVERNIGHTER Friday May 21-Sunday May 23 Just a few hours away from Chicago’s north suburbs, Mississippi Palisades State Park and the Lost Mounds section of the Upper Mississippi River National[...]
Lost Mounds/Mississippi Palisades (map is approximate)