New and experienced birders can enjoy this fun and versatile year-round activity while experiencing the many amenities offered throughout the Forest Preserves, including miles of marked trails, major waterways that can be canoed or kayaked, dedicated nature preserves, nature centers and more.


Printable Birding Checklist

Whether you are an avid birder or just starting out, track all of your bird sightings by downloading the printable Forest Preserves of Cook County Birding Checklist!


Top Photo: Dickcissel by Jim Phillips; Timberdoodle photo modified from Flickr user Fyn Kynd Photography


Birding Events

November 2018

Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 18 • 1:30 pm

Nocturnal Hunters Owls

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 25 • 1:30 pm

Feed the Birds

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County