Little Blue Heron at Indian Ridge Marsh

Little Blue Heron at Indian Ridge Marsh


Explore the extensive marshes and wetlands of the Lake Calumet area with local expert Walter Marcisz.  We will look for breeding summer residents like Common Gallinules and Monk Parakeets, early migrant shorebirds, and wandering waders like Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, and Yellow-crowned Night Herons.

We will meet at O'Brien Lock & Dam at 8:00 am. From there we can visit
various wetlands like Hegewisch Marsh, Indian Ridge, Big Marsh, and Burnham Prairie.

Beginner birders are welcome, and a limited amount of binoculars will be available for those that need them.

Directions to O'Brien Lock & Dam:

Take I-94 (Bishop Ford Expressway) to 130th Street and exit
eastbound on 130th. As you head east on 130th Street, you
will pass one stoplight. After the stoplight, turn right
(south) into the O'Brien Lock & Dam entrance
immediately west of the Calumet River bridge. Follow the
entrance road south along the west bank of the Calumet
River. The entrance road terminates at a parking lot with
bathrooms on the west side of the river & locks. We will
meet there.

Contact Walter Marcisz with questions: or 312-206-9889