COS members and friends are invited to join the Chicago Group of the Sierra Club for Chicago Park Nature Tours, a six-trip series of walks for beginning bird and nature watchers from April through September.

Spend a few hours learning about nature, native plants and urban wildlife in Chicago parks.

This year, we will branch out from Montrose Point and Dunes to several new parks and natural areas.

Nature and birds change dramatically throughout the seasons, even in urban areas, and our six trips will start with northbound bird migration and end during the height of southbound migration. In between, we’ll focus on breeding birds, mammals, butterflies, dragonflies and beautiful plants.

The Chicago Park Nature Tours also are a great opportunity to learn more about COS and the Sierra Club and each group’s local and national conservation activities and field trips.

The walks are scheduled from 7am to 10am on the following dates:

June 9, July 14, August 18, and September 15

Who may attend:

Singles; groups of friends; families; alumni, corporate and church groups; nature lovers; birdwatchers and everyone else are welcome at these events. Chicago Park Nature Tours are good activities for well-behaved kids aged eight and above who are interested in nature and accompanied by an attentive adult.

What to bring and wear: Binoculars are essential if you want to watch birds, butterflies and wildlife (there are a few pairs available to borrow); dress for the weather; wear sunscreen, a hat and sturdy boots or shoes; bring insect repellent; and carry water to drink.

What not to bring: Dogs.

For more information, please contact Christine Williamson at birdchris@aol.com or if you need directions or help on the trip date, call Christine’s cell phone at 773/415-5217.