Supporting Shorebird Research

Supporting Shorebird Research

COS funding this grant was a no-brainer for many reasons. Shorebirds are one of the most threatened groups of birds in the world right now. It falls to us as responsible stewards of these waters to understand exactly how we can best share them with our avian friends.

Trip Report:  Orland Grasslands  2018 May 6

Trip Report: Orland Grasslands 2018 May 6

A dozen birders explored prime sparrow habitat finding singing Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows, as well as a number of more common species, like Field, Song, Savanna and Lincoln's Sparrow.

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.