Meet on the east side of the boat house at Montrose Beach at 7:00 a.m.

Join members of the Chicago Ornithological Society and Sierra Club Chicago Group for the latest in this joint series of beginning bird and nature walks.

Birds and other winged creatures will be heading south from their summer breeding grounds and Chicago’s lakefront is part of the migration super highway. We’ll start at Montrose Beach to look for shorebirds at the edge of Lake Michigan and move upland into the Montrose Bird Sanctuary. From here, we’ll walk along the lakefront path which links Montrose with the Jarvis Bird Sanctuary just south of Addison Ave. in Lincoln Park. This small natural area is a real jewel of the Chicago lakefront and is a very good hotspot for migrants of all kinds.

The Chicago Park Nature Tours also are a great opportunity to learn more about Sierra Club and Chicago Ornithological Society and each group’s local and national conservation activities and field trips.

Directions:
Meet on the east side of the boat house at Montrose Beach at 7:00 a.m. for the bird walk.
Parking is free and bike racks are provided at the beach house. It is a 10 – 15 minute walk to Montrose Beach house from the bus stops at Montrose and Marine Drive.

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.

Trip Leader: Christine Williamson

For more information, please contact Christine 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.