Second of the Double Bird Blitz in the Palos & Sag Valley Preserves
~ Saturday, June 17, Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center ~
9800 Willow Springs Rd. in Willow Springs
You can Register here!
Please note: Registration for this event ends Sunday, June 11.
This June 3 and 17, birders of all levels will set out across the hilly woods and prairies of the Palos and Sag Valley Preserves in search of songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. We’re looking for experienced birders to lead teams, guides who know the area and as many participants as possible to help spot birds and tally sightings. If you’re interested in birds and nature (even if you can't tell a sparrow from a cardinal), we’re hoping you’ll join us!
Bird counting will start early (around 7 or 8 am, though some groups may start later) and go until lunchtime. Small teams of three or four will venture out to cover a unique territory, then return to the designated Nature Center at 11 am to compare sightings at a festive countdown lunch.
The Forest Preserves of Cook County has identified the Palos and Sag Valley Preserves — together the largest preserve complex in Cook County — as being among its top priorities for restoration. These preserves are known for their interesting, diverse bird life. Results from these dual blitzes will be added to other local records to fill out ecologists’ picture of the area and help them better manage biodiversity with resident bird populations in mind.
Start times and meeting locations will be available from team leaders after registration. Come to one or both dates, and bring friends — our goal is to count every bird in the Palos and Sag Valley Preserves.
To register for this free event, click here or call (773) 539-6793.
The Double Bird Blitz, part of the #birdthepreserves program, is a joint project of Chicago Audubon Society and the Forest Preserves of Cook County and is sponsored by the Bobolink Foundation. Bird the Preserves is supported through the Forest Preserve Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Orchard Orioles (Male & Female). Photos by Jerry Goldner.