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May is Prime Time for Birding in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

May 9, 2019

Throughout spring, Forest Preserves of Cook County visitors can enjoy exceptional birding opportunities during a variety of birding special events and programs. Birders of all experience levels can celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, go on a bird walk or join a Big Sit. With migration near its peak, May is a great time to #BirdThePreserves.

 

 

Sagawau Bird Hikes

Friday, May 10; Saturdays, May 18 & 25 • 8:30 am

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center – 12545 W 111th St, Lemont

Hike with a naturalist! Learn to identify birds by field marks, behavior, sound and habitat.  Binoculars available for loan.

 

Morning Bird Walk
Friday, May 10 • 9:30 am

Trailside Museum of Natural History – 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Enjoy a casual guided walk to look for birds and bird behavior. All welcome; binoculars available.

 

Big Sit

Saturday, May 11 • 6 am-Noon

Sand Ridge Nature Center – 15891 Paxton, South Holland

Join Forest Preserves staff to sit and watch as many bird species as possible when viewed from a fixed location within a 17-foot circle.

 

“The Big Sit” Birdwatching

Saturday, May 11 • 6 am-Noon

Trailside Museum of Natural History – 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Stop and sit a while as we see how many birds we can spot or hear without leaving a 17-foot circle. Binoculars and guidance provided.

 

Morning Bird Walks

Saturdays, May 11 & 18 • 7:30-8:30 am

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center – 9800 Willow Springs Rd, Willow Springs

Take a relaxed stroll observing birds in various habitats. Limited binoculars for loan.

 

World Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 11 • 9 am-2 pm

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center – 12545 W 111th St, Lemont

Enjoy and conserve birds by taking a bird hike and cleaning up litter. Litter clean-up begins 9 am. All ages.

 

Please Touch! Beautiful Birds

Saturday, May 11 • 10 am-3 pm

Sand Ridge Nature Center – 15891 Paxton, South Holland

Did you know birds have hollow bones and rarely get wet? Learn about native birds and see feathers and wings you can touch.

 

International Migratory Bird Day and #birdthepreserves Big Sit

Saturday, May 11 • 11 am-3 pm

Crabtree Nature Center – 3 Stover Rd, Barrington Hills

Join us for a bird walk to see who is winging in and experience the perils of migration in our Migration Obstacle Course.

 

Birding Trip to Skokie Lagoons

Saturday, May 11 • 7:30 am

Erickson Woods – Willow Rd, east of I-94/Edens Expy, Winnetka

Join Chicago Ornithological Society to look for warblers and other spring migrants. Email aerintedesco@gmail.com for more info.

 

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Tuesday, May 14 • 8 am

Sand Ridge Nature Center – 15891 Paxton, South Holland

Bring your binoculars and join us as we seek out spring arrivals. Binoculars available.

 

Bird Walks

Thursdays, May 16, 23 & 30 • 7:30 am

Perkins Woods – Ewing Ave & Grant St, Evanston

Join the Evanston North Shore Bird Club for birding in this small spring migrant hotspot. Bonus: spring wildflowers. Email info@ensbc.org for more info.

 

Bird Walk

Saturday, May 18 • 7:30 am

Burnham Prairie – 139th St & S Manistee Ave, Burnham

Join Chicago Ornithological Society to look for migrating shorebirds and waders. Wear sturdy footwear or waterproof boots. Beginning birders welcome; extra binoculars available. Email chicagiometti@gmail.com for more info.

 

World Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Saturday, May 18 • 9-11:30 am

LaBagh Woods – Grove 1, Cicero just north of Foster, Chicago

Watch scientists band and release birds migrating from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Enjoy crafts, snacks, bird walks and more.

 

Bird Walk

Sunday, May 19 • 7:30 am

Jurgensen Woods – 183rd St, east of Cottage Grove Ave, Lansing

Join Chicago Ornithological Society to scour the woodlands and river bottom for migrating warblers, thrushes and raptors. Contact edwarhzan@gmail.com.

 

Migration Walk          

Sunday, May 19 • 8 am

Trailside Museum of Natural History – 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Enjoy a spring walk that will focus on identifying birds and the phenomenon of migration. Led by John Elliott of Chicago Audubon.

 

Birding Basics

Sunday, May 19 • 1-2:30 pm

River Trail Nature Center – 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook

Residents are beginning to nest and migrants are passing through by the thousands. Learn the basics in bird watching. Register by 5/4, call 847-824-8360.

 

 

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