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 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Note Date Change to Fourth Tuesday of Month Mark H.X. Glenshaw has closely observed and documented the lives of a mated pair of Great Horned Owls in Forest Park, a large urban park in St.[...]
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Who doesn’t love watching a bird sing his heart out to attract a mate? David Enstrom, a retired ornithologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, will describe the way birds produce songs and colors and[...]
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Whether identifying flora and fauna in the field with a click or using it to record your own non-bird observations, iNaturalist is an invaluable new tool for nature lovers. Local birder/restorationist Jeff Skrentny will explain[...]
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am
SPECIAL OFF-SITE PROGRAM – Registration Required With several years of preserve restoration nearing completion, learn about Fort Sheridan’s history, architecture, notable residents and more, complete with artifacts from the museum’s archives. Then stay to tour[...]
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Warming temperatures, increasing precipitation and other climate changes are already impacting the flora and fauna of the upper Midwest. The Field Museum’s Doug Stotz will discuss how these shifts are changing the timing of bird migration and[...]
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lake County is home to eight species of bat. Andrew Rutter, Lake County Forest Preserve District wildlife ecologist, will introduce us to each species, their unique life history characteristics and ecological roles, LCFPD’s efforts conserve[...]
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Glenview’s Carol Freeman spent more than a decade photographing all 483 threatened and endangered species in Illinois, from plants to birds, insects and other animals, culminating this fall in the publication of a book called[...]
May 1 – May 3 all-day
2020 Vision on the River May 1-3, 2020 Illinois River Valley Emiquon/Chautauqua Area Details at Illinois Audubon as they are available. Read more...
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sandhill Crane populations were dropping precipitously in Wisconsin 80 years ago, prompting naturalist Aldo Leopold to worry that they would soon disappear altogether. Today flocks of upwards of 10,000 birds converge on the Wisconsin River[...]
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