Birding

Dickcissel-Jim-Phillips

 

#BirdThePreserves

Did you know some birds sing notes too high for humans to hear? Or that ospreys almost always carry fish parallel to their bodies to improve aerodynamics? Have you ever seen a heron eat a fish whole, or a crow using homemade tools catch their prey? The native and migrating birds that can be spotted in the Forest Preserves of Cook County are as unique and diverse as the Forest Preserves themselves!

 

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.

 

Join the Bird the Preserves Big Month Competition

During the month of October 2017, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting a Big Month birding competition to follow up on its successful 2016 Big Year. Click here to learn how to participate.

 

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!

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

 


Events List Navigation

Birding Events

June 2018
Bird The PreservesFri, Jun 1 • 7:30 am
Free

Nesting Bird Bonanza/Bird Blitz Event

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Fri, Jun 1 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Blitz Challenge

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 2 • 7:30 am
Free

COS Field Trip

Plum Creek Meadow, Chicago Heights
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 2 • 1 PM
Free

Ornithology 101: Bird Families, Raptors

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesWed, Jun 6 • 7 AM
Free

Spring Bird Walk

Penny Road Pond, Barrington
Bird The PreservesSun, Jun 10 • 8 AM
Free

Morning Bird Walk/Bird Blitz Event

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSun, Jun 10 • 8:30 am
Free

Turnbull Woods Bird & Wildflower Walk

Turnbull Woods, Glencoe
Bird The PreservesThu, Jun 14 • 5 PM
Free

Sagawau Science: Oriole Express

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 16 • 7:30 am
Free

Summer Nesting Bird Hike

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Jun 17 • 5 PM
Free

Spring Bird Walk

Penny Road Pond, Barrington
Bird The PreservesMon, Jun 18 • 8 AM
Free

Bemis Woods Bird Trip

Bemis Woods North, Westchester
Tue, Jun 19 • 11 AM
Free

Pollinators

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Thu, Jun 21 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesThu, Jun 21 • 5 PM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Thu, Jun 28 • 5 PM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
July 2018
Thu, Jul 5 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Thu, Jul 19 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Sat, Jul 28 • 10 AM
Free

Ornithology 101: Hummingbirds

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
August 2018
Sat, Aug 4 • 1 PM
Free

Sagawau Science: Monarch Lab

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Sun, Aug 5 • 10 AM
Free

Conservation@Home: Ruby-throat Runway

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesThu, Aug 9 • 5 PM
Free

Hummingbird Watch

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Aug 11 • 10 AM
Free

Hummingbird Sit

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Don't MissSat, Aug 18 • 9 AM
Free

Hummingbird Fest

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSun, Aug 19 • 10 AM
Free

Hummingbird Sit

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesWed, Aug 22 • 8 AM
Free

Bemis Woods Bird Walk

Bemis Woods North, Westchester
Bird The PreservesSat, Aug 25 • 7:30 am
Free

Late Summer Bird Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Aug 25 • 10 AM
Free

Hummingbird Sit

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Sun, Aug 26 • 1 PM
Free

Bird Beaks

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Aug 26 • 1 PM
Free

Painting Hummingbirds with Watercolors

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesThu, Aug 30 • 5 PM
Free

Hummingbird Watch

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
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