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.
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Identifying birds by plumage and voice is important, but you also need to know where, when and how to search for both resident and migrating species to make the most of your birding outings. In[...]
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
It’s always exciting to spot a cuckoo in the field, partially because they are so difficult to track down. However, their secretive nature also makes them difficult species to study. Both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos[...]
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Winter can be a trying time for birds, often combining extreme temperatures and increased snow cover with low food availability and increased energy demands. Despite these harsh conditions, many species of birds from your backyard[...]
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lake County is home to eight species of bat. Eric Ness, Lake County Forest Preserve District wildlife ecologist, will introduce us to each species, their unique life history characteristics and ecological roles, LCFPD’s efforts to[...]
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In the 1960s, birds’ eggs in multiple museum collections were famously used to link declining raptor populations to the use of the pesticide DDT, based on patterns of eggshell thinning over time. Since then, bird[...]
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area was established in 2016 after years of effort, following a land donation by the Friends of the Kankakee. Located 90 minutes south of Chicago, it was created[...]
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