These walks continue throughout the year, weather permitting. Bring binoculars, field guides, and dress for the weather. Many species are seen. Meet at Clarence Darrow Bridge, just south of the Museum of Science & Industry. You do not need to be a member of Chicago Audubon to participate. For details and directions, contact Pat Durkin at [email protected]. Everyone is welcome!
Look for breeding woodland birds. Interesting species that have summered here in recent years include Pileated and Red-headed Woodpeckers, White-eyed Vireo, Hooded and Chestnut-sided Warblers, and Summer Tanagers. Park at Bemis Woods North, easternmost part of parking area, just west of Wolf Rd.
Let's give breeding birds their due. Meeting at Willow Road at I-94 (Erickson Woods Parking Lot), Winnetka. Walk leader: Dave Willard ([email protected]).
PART II OF THE DOUBLE BIRD BLITZ
WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE PALOS PRESERVES:
~ Saturday, June 17, Palos Preserves ~
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Rd. in Willow Springs
You can Register here! for the June 17 Bird Blitz.
(Deadline for registering is June 11.)
If you missed Part I, you have a second chance to have fun and collect valuable data by participating in Part II on June 17. Join birders of all levels as they scout the hilly woods and prairies for songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. Experienced birders are needed to lead small teams of three or four people. Each team will cover a unique territory, and birders of all levels can join a team. Details about start times and meeting locations for your team will be available from team leaders after you register.
Birding will start at 7:00 a.m. and go all morning. The complimentary countdown lunch will begin at 11 a.m. at the Nature Center. If you can't join a team, but want to get in on the fun, volunteers are needed to help with lunch set-up, taking photos, and more.
The Double Bird Blitz is part of the #birdthepreserves program. It is a joint project of the 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.
Second of the Double Bird Blitz in the Palos & Sag Valley Preserves
~ Saturday, June 17, Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center ~
These workdays are sponsored by Chicago Audubon. Activities include buckthorn cutting, brush pile burning and other management endeavors. Meet at the Tower Road parking lot, east of the lagoon bridge, in Winnetka. For further information, please call Dave Kosnik at 847-456-6368. Everyone is welcome!
COME JOIN US FOR MIGRATION TIME TO SEE MANY BIRDS AND WALK THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL SPRING WOODS SURROUNDING THE NATURE CENTER. ALL LEVELS OF BIRDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. THE WALK LEADERS ALWAYS WELCOME QUESTIONS. FOR INFORMATION OR IF YOU NEED DIRECTIONS, CALL THE CHICAGO AUDUBON OFFICE AT (773) 539-6793. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF CHICAGO AUDUBON TO JOIN US. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
LOCAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATION OF
INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY
SATURDAY MAY 20
9:30 TO 11:30 A.M.
CICERO AND FOSTER AVENUES
Saturday, May 20, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. please join us to welcome back migratory birds in the beautiful LaBagh Woods at this free International Migratory Bird Day Celebration. Enjoy seeing birds migrating from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Watch bird banding, meet a raptor, plant a shrub. Join a beginner bird walk, learn how to make your windows bird-friendly, tour the bird-friendly plantings. Listen to a local a cappella singing group “The Bullfrogs,” which includes Chicago Audubon’s own Laurel Ross. Participate in family activities and more. Refreshments will be available.
Chicago Audubon is a sponsor of this event. New graduates from their migration monitoring class will be present, along with representatives of many other partner organizations. The event is part of the “Chicago Urban Treaty Project,” generously funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program, through funding provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Bird Treaty Program. For more information, a map, and the list of partner organizations go to: www.fpdcc.com/event/international-migratory-bird-day-celebration, or call 708-386-4042, or email [email protected]. LaBagh Woods is located at 5400 North Cicero Avenue, at the intersection of Cicero and Foster.
Bring Family and Friends!
Kirtland's Warbler. Photo by Jerry Goldner.
See how many birds you can see without moving from a central spot between 6:00 a.m. and noon. River Trail Nature Center is located at 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook. For more information, contact the River Trail Nature Center (847-824-9360).
Look for migrant songbirds, especially warblers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes and sparrows, plus resident woodland birds. Meet at Bemis Woods North, Wolf Road between 31st and Ogden, Westchester. Park at easternmost part of parking area, just west of Wolf Road. Leader: Doug Stotz ([email protected]).
It should be the height of migration! Meet at Willow Road at I-94 (Erickson Woods Parking Lot). Walk leader: Dave Willard ([email protected]).
IF YOU WISH TO DONATE TO BIRDATHON! 2017, CLICK HERE.
For the past eighteen years, the Chicago Audubon Society has held the Annual Dr. William S. Beecher Birdathon Cup Challenge as one of our fundraising events. Dr. Beecher was Director Emeritus of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and one of the pioneering birders of the Chicago area. Some years ago, he honored Chicago Audubon by consenting to allow us to use his name for our annual fundraising event. The Cup challenge involves teams of people competing to see how many different species of birds they can identify within a specified time limit.
Here is how this works: Birdathon teams comb Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane or Will counties on a specified date. This year those dates are Saturday, May 13 or Sunday, May 14 (or both if you have the energy). The teams identify as many species as they can within one day within the county of their choosing. The team that identifies the most species in the designated time period will have its name added to the Beecher Cup which is on display in the Bird Division at The Field Museum. Last year, six teams identified 172 species, with the winning team finding 156. Anyone interested in participating on either day, whether part of a team or individually, should contact Dave Willard as soon as possible ([email protected]). New birders are encouraged to participate—this is much more about fun than competition!
There are a number of ways to donate or pledge. You may donate a flat amount (as many have done in the past), or you may pledge an amount per total species identified by your favorite team, or you can pledge an amount based on the total species count of all teams. If you wish to donate or pledge by credit card, please click here. If you prefer, you can call our office to use your card over the phone (733-539-6793). All donations and pledges are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. All funds raised through Birdathon go toward Chicago Audubon programs. More than ever before, your support is essential and greatly appreciated! For a description of how the teams work, click Read more ...