Wednesday North Pond Bird Walk

Wednesday North Pond Bird Walk

North Pond - Lincoln Park (map)

April 26, 2017 - 7:00am

Join Geoff Williamson and other experienced bird watchers from the Chicago Ornithological Society on weekly bird walks around North Pond to observe and learn about our feathered neighbors. Each week may bring a different assortment of birds to view.

Orland Grasslands Birding Trip

Orland Grasslands Birding Trip

Orland Grasslands - 167th & S LaGrange Rd (map)

April 29, 2017 - 7:30am

Look for returning grassland birds. Meet at the parking lot south of 167th St. 

Washington Park Bird Walk

Washington Park Bird Walk

Washington Park (map)

May 7, 2017 - 8:00am

Join Mary Nell Murphy for a spring bird walk in Washington Park.  All levels of birders are welcome to join us. We'll meet by the green-roofed refectory near the pool. 

"Bird Sounds Decoded” presented by Nathan Pieplow

"Bird Sounds Decoded” presented by Nathan Pieplow

Peggy Notebaert Museum (map)

May 9, 2017 - 6:30pm

As migration reaches fever-pitch, how often have you wished you were better at birding by ear? Here is your chance to improve that critical skill! Author Nathan Pieplow has devised a system that lets you identify bird sounds without having to memorize them.  

Nathan Pieplow is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds, hot off the press on March 7, 2017. This book has been more than a decade in the making! He also blogs about bird sounds at the website Earbirding.

McClaughry Springs Birding Trip

McClaughry Springs Birding Trip

McClaughry Springs Woods (map)

May 13, 2017 - 7:30am

This will be the peak for warblers and other spring migrants. Beginning birders are welcome and encouraged to attend, and binoculars will be available for those who don’t have them.  

Urban Treaty Partnership - Bird Walk and International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Urban Treaty Partnership - Bird Walk and International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

LaBagh Woods (map)

May 20, 2017 - 7:00am (walk) and 9:00am (celebration)

Welcome back birds at this year’s International Migratory Bird Day Celebration. Enjoy seeing birds migrating from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean!

COS is part of the Urban Treaty partnership, which is sponsoring a celebration at LaBagh Woods with demonstrations by bird banders, raptor rehabilitators, and kids’ activities.

Join a bird walk before the festivities start.

Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve Birding Trip

Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve Birding Trip

Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve (map)

May 21, 2017 - 7:00am

Look for shorebirds and waders. Beginning birders are welcome and encouraged to attend, and binoculars will be available for those who don’t have them.

Lincoln Park Zoo - South Pond

Lincoln Park Zoo - South Pond

Lincoln Park Zoo (map)

May 23, 2017 - 7:00am

Lincoln Park Zoo is approximately 35 acres in the heart of Chicago, situated on the Lake Michigan shore. Due to it's variety of habitats and proximity to the lake shore spotting virtually any species of migrant is possible in the zoo or adjacent property.

Whistler Woods and Kickapoo Forest Preserve Birding Trip

Whistler Woods and Kickapoo Forest Preserve Birding Trip

Whistler Woods Forest Preserve (map)

May 27, 2017 - 7:30am

Explore these ‘underbirded’ forest preserves. Beginning birders are welcome and encouraged to attend, and binoculars will be available for those who don’t have them.

Eggers Grove Bird Walk

Eggers Grove Bird Walk

Eggers Grove (map)

June 3, 2017 - 7:30am

Eggers Grove is a 240 acre wet woodland just west of the Indiana border.  Rare wetland species have been seen here in recent years including Yellow-headed Blackbird, Common Gallinule, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Least Bittern, and Virginia Rail.

Skokie Lagoons

Erickson Woods Parking Lot (map)

June 6, 2017 - 7:30am

Meet at the Erickson Woods parking lot, south of Willow Road, just east of I-94.

LaBagh Woods

LaBagh Woods (map)

June 10, 2017 - 7:30am

Meet at the Irene Hernandez parking lot, off Foster just east of Cicero and I-94.

Crabtree Nature Preserve and Baker's Lake

Crabtree Nature Preserve (map)

June 24, 2017 - 7:00am

Crabtree Nature Center and Forest Preserve is a large preserve of over 1,000 acres with a rich mosaic of habitats including grassland, woods, ponds and marshes. Breeding birds, butterflies, dragonflies and mammals are plentiful at this time which is the height of breeding season for many species.

Paul Douglas Forest Preserve Bird Walk

Grassy Ridge Meadow at Paul Douglas Forest Preserve (map)

July 15, 2017 - 7:30am

Explore Paul Douglas Forest Preserve.  Species we may see include Grasshopper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Sandhill Crane and Bobolink, among other nesting birds.  We will also check out the heron rookery to see if there are still some birds present.

Calumet Marshes Bird Walk

Calumet Marsh (map)

July 30, 2017 - 8:00am

Meet at O'Brien Lock & Dam - Hegewisch, Indian Ridge and possibly Big Marsh/Burnahm on the agenda

Calumet Water Reclamation Plant - Shorebirds - *Registration Required*

Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (map)

August 27, 2017 - 7:30 am

Don't miss this opportunity to visit the region's premier shorebird site. Combined trip with Evanston North Shore Bird Club.  Meet at Sewage Ponds at 7:30 a.m.  Limit: 25 people. Advance sign-up for this trip is required.