• McCormick Bird Sanctuary (map)
  • Lakefront Trail
  • Chicago, IL, 60616
  • United States

The final Beginner Birder nature walk will start in the prairie just south of McCormick Place to check for early morning migrant birds, especially around the lovely limestone pool. We will head south along the lake shore to check for migrant birds on or over the water as well as for
birds in the grasslands, groves and scrubby habitat. Nelson’s Sparrows are not uncommon in these prairies at this time. There may also be migrating Monarch Butterflies and various species of dragonflies.

This trip involves a lot of walking so be prepared. You must carry water with you on the walk. Dress for the weather which can be changeable in October.

Directions:
Meet at the north end of the 31st Street pay parking lot east of Lake Shore Drive at 7:00 a.m. The parking ticket machines take quarters or credit cards.

What to bring and wear: Binoculars are essential if you want to watch birds, butterflies and wildlife (there are a few pairs available to borrow); dress for the weather; wear sunscreen, a hat and sturdy boots or shoes; bring insect repellent; and carry water to drink. Bring a spotting scope if you have one on Chicago trips for lake watching.

For more information, please contact Christine Williamson at birdchris@aol.com to RSVP
and to get directions. If you need help on the day of the trip, call Christine’s cell phone at
773/415-5217.