Programs are held at Heller Nature Center at 2821 Ridge Road in Highland Park, Illinois 60035 (directions) unless otherwise noted. All programs are open and free to the public unless noted. Membership is not required to attend these programs. Donations to support our coffee & snacks are welcome but not required. Good deal, huh? If you like our programming, here are ways to support our organization.
Following is a listing of our upcoming bird and wildlife programs. To receive notice of future programs and field trips, please sign up to receive our email newsletter (click link). You can also follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook page.
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In the past 20 years we have come to understand the navigational and physiological feats enabling migratory birds to cross immense oceans, forgo sleep for days or weeks, or remain in unbroken flight for months[...]
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm
Rosy-finches are high elevation and high latitude specialist birds that are found broadly across western North America. Research has demonstrated that human-induced climate change is more extreme in high latitude and high altitude environments. The[...]
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm
Oaks are a keystone species critical to ecosystem health including bird survival, but the Chicago region’s oak trees have suffered massive declines both in savanna ecosystems and on residential streets. The Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan[...]
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm
The Black Tern is one of the most rapidly declining wetland birds in the Great Lakes region. Breeding populations have likely been completely lost in Indiana and Ohio, and this species is on the brink[...]
Join longtime steward Leslie Borns for a history of the Montrose Beach Dunes, the state-designated natural area on Chicago’s lakefront that she founded 22 years ago. Borns will explain how the site evolved from mostly bare[...]
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