18th Annual Gull Frolic

Saturday, Feb. 16 - 9:30am

Registration Required

Join us at Winthrop Harbor for the 18th annual Gull Frolic!

LaBagh Woods Stewardship Workday

LaBagh Woods Stewardship Workday

LaBagh Woods Grove #3 (map)

Sunday, Feb. 24 - 10:00am

Meet at LaBagh's Cicero parking lot near Grove #3

Join us for a stewardship workday at COS’s adopted site LaBagh Woods and help bring back critical bird habitat.

LaBagh Woods Stewardship Workday

LaBagh Woods Stewardship Workday

LaBagh Woods Grove #3 (map)

Saturday, Mar. 9 - 10:00am

Meet at LaBagh's Cicero parking lot near Grove #3

Join us for a stewardship workday at COS’s adopted site LaBagh Woods and help bring back critical bird habitat.

Air Station Prairie Woodcock Hike

Air Station Prairie Woodcock Hike

Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie (map)

Friday, March 15 - 7:00 pm

RSVP Required

Join Chicago Ornithological Society on an evening hike to observe the spectacular mating dance of the Timberdoodle (American Woodcock).

LaBagh Woods Stewardship Workday

LaBagh Woods Stewardship Workday

LaBagh Woods Grove #3 (map)

Sunday, Mar. 17 - 10:00am

Meet at LaBagh's Cicero parking lot near Grove #3

Join us for a stewardship workday at COS’s adopted site LaBagh Woods and help bring back critical bird habitat.

Bartel Grasslands Woodcock Hike

Bartel Grasslands Woodcock Hike

Bartel Grasslands Land and Water Reserve (map)

Saturday, March 23 - 7:00 pm

RSVP Required

Join Chicago Ornithological Society on an evening hike to observe the spectacular mating dance of the Timberdoodle (American Woodcock).

COS 2019 Speaker Series:  Dr. Bridget Stutchbury

COS 2019 Speaker Series: Dr. Bridget Stutchbury

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (map)

March 28, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Dr. Bridget Stutchbury is an author and Distinguished Research Professor and Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology at York University, Toronto. This program will delve into the difficult and soul-searching questions we confront in the Anthropocene era about what we can and should do for birds on the brink of extinction.

Palos Area Carpool Birding Blitz

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center (map)

Saturday, Mar. 30 - 8:00 am

RSVP Required

Meet in the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center parking lot.

Join COS for a carpool trip to some of the best birding spots in the Palos area.

Miller Meadows Bird Walk

Miller Meadow South Forest Preserve (map)

Saturday, Apr. 13 - 7:30 am

Meet in the main parking lot.

Join COS and explore early spring migrants, including Wilson's snipe and American pipit.

Indian Ridge and Hegewisch Marsh Bird Walk

Indian Ridge Marsh (map)

Saturday, Apr. 20 - 7:30 am

Meet in the Indian Ridge parking lot.

Join COS for a morning of birding in some of Chicago’s better wetland habitats. Expect a nice variety of migrating waterfowl and early spring passerines.

LaBagh Woods Bird Walk

LaBagh Woods (map)

Saturday, Apr. 27 - 7:00 am

RSVP Required

Join Jeff Skrentny and take advantage of his detailed knowledge of this premier Chicago birding hotspot.

Humboldt Park Bird Walk

Humboldt Park (map)

Sunday, Apr. 28 - 7:30 am

Meet at Humboldt Park field house, south of North Ave on Sacramento.

Get to know Humboldt Park, which serves as an oasis for migrating birds making their way through the city of Chicago.

Big Marsh Bird Walk

Big Marsh Park (map)

Sunday, May 5 - 7:30 am

Meet in the Big Marsh Park parking lot. Lot is meter parking.

Journey through one of the largest and most high quality wetlands in Chicago.

Skokie Lagoons Bird Walk

Skokie Lagoons/Erickson Woods (map)

Saturday, May 11 - 7:30 am

RSVP Required

Meet in the Erickson Woods parking lot off of Willow Road.

Join COS for a trip to Skokie Lagoons during peak migration.

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary Bird Walk

Bill Javis Migratory Bird Sanctuary (map)

Tuesday, May 14 - 7:30 am

Meet at the platform on the east side of the sanctuary.

Join COS for a trip to Bill Jarvis Bird Sanctuary in Lincoln Park. Warbler migration will be in full swing, and we’ll avoid the weekend crowds.

Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve Bird Walk

Burnham Prairie (map)

Saturday, May 18 - 7:30 am

Meet in parking lot; enter at E 139th St and S Manistee Ave.

Join COS for a trip to Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve to look for various marsh and grassland species, and migrating shorebirds and waders.

Jurgenson Woods Bird Walk

Jurgensen Woods Nature Preserve (map)

Sunday, May 19 - 7:30 am

Meet in the Jurgenson Woods Nature Preserve parking lot.

Join COS for a hike through this large and high quality but criminally underbirded nature preserve.

Lincoln Park Zoo Bird Walk

Lincoln Park Zoo (map)

Tuesday, May 21 - 7:30 am

Meet at the Farm-in-the-Zoo (Stockton) entrance of Lincoln Park Zoo, near the bridge over the South Pond.

We’ll explore some great spots in the zoo, nature boardwalk and South Pond.

Plum Creek Bird Walk

Plum Creek Forest Preserve (map)

Saturday, June 1 - 6:30 am

RSVP Required

Explore this ‘underbirded’ forest preserve as migration winds down. Targets will be local breeding specialties like Acadian Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, and Yellow-breasted Chat.

COS 2019 Speaker Series:  Lynn E. Barber

COS 2019 Speaker Series: Lynn E. Barber

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (map)

September 19, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Lynn E. Barber is the author of Birds in Trouble and Extreme Birder which chronicled her ABA big year. She will speak about her quests and adventures from her Texas and Alaska big years, which will be covered in a forthcoming book.