Double Bird Blitz in the Palos & Sag Valley Preserves

It’s back … Double Bird Blitz in the
Palos & Sag Valley Preserves.
Any day in June, 2018
Last June, birders found 5,478 birds of 108 species in the hilly woods and prairies of the Palos and Sag Valley Preserves ... but we think there are more! We had the state-threatened Black-billed Cuckoo, the county's only June records for Prairie Warbler and Ring-necked Duck, 36 Orchard Orioles, and so much more! This June, we're going to beat that number. If you blitzed with us last year but want to spend more time in your section, please do! And if you didn't blitz with us last year but have spent the whole year regretting it - this is your big chance. Experienced birders can volunteer to cover a section that was not blitzed last year. 
To register for a section, click here or call (773) 539-6793.
Anyone can join one of our two field trips taking place on June 1 and June 10. See calendar on left side of this homepage for details.

Third Annual Chicago Audubon Photo Contest

The Third Annual

Chicago Audubon Spring Photo Contest

 (The winning photos must have been taken in Illinois and posted during the month of May 2018.)

Next Thursday at midnight will be the deadline to post your images for the contest.

Chicago Audubon Society (CAS) is happy to announce the Third Annual Chicago Audubon Spring Photo Contest. All levels of photography experience are invited to join us. If you are not already a member, send a request to join CAS’s Public Group on Facebook at choose your one favorite image to be entered in the contest and post it on the CAS FB Public Page June 1st-4th. Tag the the photo with #CAS. Please, no photos of nesting birds, owls or pileated woodpeckers.

The winning images will need to be sent to CAS in full resolution for publication in the CAS Compass Newsletter. We recommend 240+ dpi for the best online quality. The winning photos will be published on the CAS website ( and the two Facebook pages on June 11.

PRIZES: All four Winners Receive a One Year CAS Membership & CAS Birds of Chicago Checklist.

First Place: Chicago Botanic Garden - “A Day at the Garden,” includes all that the winner will need for a very special visit to the Garden, including the following:

•    Free parking on day of visit.

•    Most recent edition of Keep Growing, the member magazine and program guide.

•    Four tram tour tickets, valid for either the Bright Encounters Tram or the Grand Tram.

•    Four tickets to the Model Railroad Garden or Wonderland Express, the indoor holiday train exhibition.

•    A coupon for $10 off the membership of your choice.

Second Place: Morton Arboretum - Six Day Passes. 

Third Place: Bird Song Ear Training Guide by John Feith & Chicago Audubon Hat.

Honorable Mention: Chicago Audubon Hat.  

Thanks to all who participated this year and all year round.

We look forward to seeing your photographs!


Invitation to participate in the Spring Bird Count for Cook County




For those who have participated in the bird count in Cook County in the past, and those who would like to participate for the first time (even if you only count birds in your backyard or neighborhood for a few hours), Chicago Audubon has made a report form available (click here), which you can download and/or print out, collect information on the bird species and numbers you see on Saturday, May 5 in Cook County, and then either email the filled out form to Cook County compiler Alan Anderson at [email protected] or mail it to Alan Anderson at 1633 Howard Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60018, by May 22.

Many people have participated year after year since May of 1972 when the first Spring Bird County took place. They have gathered important data on our bird populations, including both year round resident populations and, especially, migrant birds. Many participants cover the same locations each year as they know those habitats in more detail. This data is especially important for comparison purposes. Over time, for many reasons, we lose some participants and so we welcome new volunteers to participate in this important event.

For more background on the history of the Illinois Spring Bird Count, see the Illinois Natural History Survey website:

There you will find forms, see who are the compilers/coordinators in each county, and you can search past data. For those who have participated in the past and cover many areas, we also have an Excel format report form. Let the county compiler know you would like to have that form emailed to you.

Thanks so much to all who have participated in past years,

and we welcome those who wish to help out this year for the first time!


"CAMPING WITH THE BIRDS" at Deer Grove, Camp Reinberg, Palatine

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

"CAMPING WITH THE BIRDS" scheduled for May 11 and 12.



Keep an eye on this space because we might be able to reschedule for a fall date so you can join us for "Camping with the Birds" at Deer Grove, Camp Reinberg, Palatine. For campers 10 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by adults. We will offer owling and a campfire sing-along. The next morning, there will be early morning bird walks through grasslands and woodlands, including a special walk for new birders. Chicago Audubon will host a free breakfast for its members (so join now!). Bring your own food for dinner and breakfast if you are not a member. Binoculars will be available if needed, and camping gear can be rented. You may skip the planned activities as you please. Prices listed below are possibly subject to change:

~ Non-electric tent sites are $17.50 for up to 6 people/2 tents (special half-off price).

~ Cabins housing up to 10 people are $125.

We will publish a date as soon as it has been confirmed and then  you can reserve your tent site or cabin, by contacting Chicago Audubon at 773-539-6793 or [email protected]

(RV sites for $50 will also be available but cannot be reserved through Chicago Audubon. Sign up for those now at 

For more general information, email: [email protected].





Congress is moving quickly to gut the Endangered Species Act,

America’s strongest and most important law

for protecting wildlife. 

Chicago Audubon stands with National Audubon

against all efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act has a proven track record of success in providing a safety net that protects our most vulnerable wildlife. It has prevented 99 percent of the species under its care from going extinct, including America's symbol, the Bald Eagle. We should allow this critical law to continue to protect wildlife for future generations, not undermine it.

Please ask your members of Congress to oppose efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act:

Whooping Cranes in flight DianaRobinson Flickr

Whooping Crane.  Photo by Diana Robinson/Flickr CC (BY-NC-ND 2.0)



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