Programs

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.

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.

7:00 pm
Wilmette’s Annie Aggens has been guiding expeditions to the North Pole by ski and dogsled since 2000 through Polar Explorers, a division of The Northwest Passage adventure travel company, and has witnessed the effects of[...]
Heller Nature Center
7:00 pm
Barn Owls were listed as Illinois-endangered in 1977. The species is now being delisted, thanks to a recovery plan that has included more than 200 new nest boxes, monitoring of more than 450 boxes overall,[...]
Heller Nature Center
7:00 pm
Snake Road is a unique ecosystem in the Shawnee National Forest of southern Illinois that consists of towering limestone bluffs bordered by hardwood forest and buttonwood swamps. A narrow gravel road parallels the bluffs at their[...]
Heller Nature Center
7:00 pm
Every year, on average, land managers perform controlled burns across roughly 2,500 acres of Lake County Forest Preserves in order to reduce nonnative, invasive plants and encourage native growth. The district’s Leslie Berns will discuss[...]
Heller Nature Center
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
7:00 pm
Radar has become an important tool for tracking bird movements. Well-known local birder Geoff Williamson will explain how radar can detect birds, how scientists are using it, how birders can use it during migration to[...]
Heller Nature Center
7:00 pm
From American Golden-Plovers that migrate through central Illinois to thrushes and vireos that cross the Gulf of Mexico, migrating birds need a lot of TLC to get to their breeding grounds in North America. Illinois[...]
Heller Nature Center
7:00 pm
River otters have returned to the Chicago area in 2015 after decades of absence caused by trapping, habitat destruction and poor water quality. Chris Anchor, senior wildlife biologist with the Forest Preserve District of Cook[...]
Heller Nature Center
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
May 21 @ 7:00 pm
7:00 pm
Rails are among the most elusive birds in our area, usually hiding in dense marsh vegetation. Stephanie Beilke, an Audubon Great Lakes staffer who has been involved in monitoring marsh birds in Illinois and Indiana,[...]
Heller Nature Center
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm
7:00 pm
Members and non-members alike are invited to join us for our annual potluck dinner. This is a great opportunity to socialize, provide feedback on our year of programs and field trips. Also enjoy a sneak[...]
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