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.

The day of counting birds is followed by a Count Down Dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gelsomo’s Pizzeria in Lemont.

Dinner & drinks

The cost is $10 per person for COS members and $15 per person for non-members for appetizers, pizza, salad, soft drinks, coffee and dessert. See details below about payment and Gelsomo’s location.