Recently, a number of COS members, birders and park stewards attended the second public meeting about the Montrose Point Master Plan, where Conservation Design Forum (CDF), the design firm, presented a revised master plan and management process.

Over the last year since the initial public meeting, stakeholders' groups and others have provided feedback to the Chicago Park District about the types of habitat and landscape design that we think will be best for birds at the Point. It seems to most of us that the Park District has heard our concerns and made many positive adjustments to the original plan. There are still issues that concern some, including security, width of paths, design of the suggested entry and other features, and funding.

Park District staff posted the latest drafts of the Montrose Point Master Plan, and the Montrose Point Natural Areas Management Plan online for public review. The draft documents are available from the CDF website in the “News” section at the bottom right of the page.

Comments, questions, and suggestions can be submitted online.

Comments will be accepted through Friday February 20. Please feel free to post comments to the site. If you have questions , feel free to contact us at chicagobirder@gmail.com.