South Lakefront Framework Plan: Birds and Golf Courses

South Lakefront Framework Plan: Birds and Golf Courses

COS has been keeping an eye on plans for development in Jackson Park, including a new golf course in the South Shore neighborhood.  Birders and community residents are voicing their concerns about wildlife protection.

COS Celebrates 2017's Conservation Award Winners

COS Celebrates 2017's Conservation Award Winners

In December COS celebrated its Conservation Awards, given to volunteers who have given freely of their time and energy to do the avian-based restoration work at LaBagh Woods. 

Trip Report: Eggers Grove 2017 June 3

It felt like summer Saturday morning with temps in the 70s and 80s early on, but a group of 15 met to explore the marsh and woodlands of Eggers Grove in Chicago's far south side.  

Trip Report:  Orland Grasslands - 2017 April 29

Trip Report: Orland Grasslands - 2017 April 29

Eleven birders explored parts of Orland Grasslands on Saturday, April 29, a cloudy, chilly day. Led by Pat Hayes, a volunteer steward at the site, we followed trails through prairie areas...

Trip Report:  Miller Meadow - 2017 April 15

Trip Report: Miller Meadow - 2017 April 15

What a great spring birding day!  We spotted over 30 Wilson's Snipe, a Short-eared Owl in flight, an early Marsh Wren, Eastern Meadowlarks and some Rusty blackbirds.  

Trip Report: Palos Area Waterfowl - 2017 April 8

Trip Report: Palos Area Waterfowl - 2017 April 8

A group of 15 birders led by Andrew Aldrich beginning at McGinnis Slough and then stopping at Saganashkee Slough and Maple Lake.  Among the highlights were great looks at Common Loons ...

Back to the Swamp!  LaBagh Workday #3, 2017

Back to the Swamp! LaBagh Workday #3, 2017

We are really starting to see progress being made at the this Swamp White Oak grove area, and I am so proud of our volunteers for what they have accomplished in this area. But like most restoration efforts, no rest for the weary. We will continue removing unwanted dead trees, pole trees and buckthorn to prepare this area for seeding (immediately) and planting (in the near future). 

COS Board Meeting Recap - 2017 February 6

COS Board Meeting Recap - 2017 February 6

Just what is your COS Board doing on this unseasonable warm February Monday evening, besides eating lasagna?

Your COS (Chicago Ornithological Society) Board is comprised of 10 volunteers lead by Carl Giometti, our COS President for 2017. The board meets a minimum of once per quarter and deliberates on a number of initiatives COS is involved with for Chicago area birders. 

Join us for LaBagh Winter Work Day December 3

Join us for LaBagh Winter Work Day December 3

The native shrub plantings are finished for 2016, and now we begin to prepare other parts of LaBagh for native shrub plantings and native herbaceous plant seeding in 2017. This is important work, but more than anything else, IT'S FUN!

Trip Report: Palos Area - 2016 November 20

Trip Report: Palos Area - 2016 November 20

A group of 16 birders met at McGinnis Slough in the Palos Area this morning, Sunday, November 20th, to look for waterfowl and any other interesting birds that crossed our paths.  We were fortunate to have local expert Wes Serafin join us to navigate and give a bit of history about the different areas.  McGinnis was partially frozen this morning, but we still managed some decent flocks of waterfowl here.  Most notably the dozens of Bufflehead and Hooded Mergansers, Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes.  A couple Great Blue Herons were hunkered down among the cattails.  

Register for the 2016 Lisle-Arboretum Christmas Bird Count

Join one of Chicagoland’s most active Christmas Bird Counts on December 18, 2016. Nearly 100 people volunteer their time on a wintery Sunday to count birds. The count circle includes a wide variety of habitats from the forests of Palos to the pine plantations of the Morton Arboretum to the open grasslands of Green Valley. The Lisle Arboretum Count is part of the National Audubon Society’s national Christmas Count program.

Trip Report:  Burnham Park/McCormick Nature Area - 2016 October 22

Trip Report: Burnham Park/McCormick Nature Area - 2016 October 22

Nine birders met in Burnham Park just south of the McCormick Place on Saturday, 10/22 bright and early at 7am.  

This area has been restored into stretches of native prairie to benefit migrating birds.  It is known for the large number of migrants, especially sparrows, that feast on the seeds of the various prairie plants.  

Although we did have 7 species of sparrows including American Tree, Fox, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned, White-throated, Song, and Swamp, the most abundant birds were Golden-crowned Kinglets.  They flitted and hovered around every tree and shrub, and sometimes were even hopping on the ground looking for insects.  We tallied well over 100 kinglets for the morning. 

Trip Report: COS/Sierra Club: Deer Grove - 2016 June 4

Christine and Geoff Williamson led a bird and nature hike at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in northwest Cook County.

At the start of the walk, we had the opportunity to enjoy two parents and one young Sandhill Crane. This species has been nesting at Deer Grove for a few years now.   Read the full trip summary in the post.