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.

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

 


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Birding Events

May 2017
Bird The PreservesSat, May 27 • 7:30 am
Free

Whistler Woods & Kickapoo Woods Birding Trip

Whistler Woods, Riverdale
Bird The PreservesSat, May 27 • 1 PM
Free

Sketch-booking and Journaling Along the Trails

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, May 28 • 8:30 am
Free

Sagawau Bird Hikes

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Sun, May 28 • 1:30 pm
Free

Bird of the Month: Baltimore Oriole

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
June 2017
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 3 • 6 AM
Free

Double Bird Blitz in the Palos & Sag Valley Preserves

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 3 • 7:30 am
Free

Birding Trip to Eggers Grove

Eggers Grove, Chicago
Bird The PreservesTue, Jun 6 • 7:30 am
Free

Birding Trip to Skokie Lagoons

Erickson Woods, Winnetka
Bird The PreservesFri, Jun 9 • 7 AM
Free

Bird Hike to Galloping Hill

Penny Road Pond, Barrington
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 10 • 7 AM
Free

Birding Trip to LaBagh Woods

Irene Hernandez Family Picnic Area, Chicago
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 10 • 7:30 am
$19

Chicago Botanic Garden Bird Walk

Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Sat, Jun 10 • 10 AM
Free

Ornithology 101: Reproductive Biology

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesWed, Jun 14 • 7:30 am
Free

Birding Trip to Bemis Woods

Bemis Woods North, Westchester
Bird The PreservesThu, Jun 15 • 5 PM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 17 • 6 AM
Free

Double Bird Blitz in the Palos & Sag Valley Preserves

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 17 • 7:30 am
Free

Birding Trip to Plum Creek

Plum Creek Meadow, Chicago Heights
Bird The PreservesSun, Jun 18 • 7:30 am
Free

Nesting Birds Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Jun 18 • 5 PM
Free

Bird Hike to Galloping Hill

Penny Road Pond, Barrington
Bird The PreservesWed, Jun 21 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Jun 24 • 7 AM
Free

Birding Trip to Crabtree/Baker’s Lake

Old Stover Trailhead, Barrington
Mon, Jun 26 - Fri, Jun 30 • 9 AM
$250

Young Nature Artists Day Camp

Thatcher Woods Pavilion, River Forest
Bird The PreservesTue, Jun 27 • 10 AM
Free

Seniors in all Seasons: Birds and Birdwatching

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesWed, Jun 28 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
July 2017
Bird The PreservesSat, Jul 1 • 1 PM
$5.00

Build Bird Box

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSun, Jul 2 • 9 AM
Free

Beginning Bird Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Jul 2 • 1:30 pm
Free

American Raptors

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSat, Jul 8 • 1:30 pm
Free

Drummers in the Forest

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesWed, Jul 12 • 7:30 am
Free

Birding Trip to Bemis Woods

Bemis Woods North, Westchester
Wed, Jul 12 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Jul 15 • 7:30 am
Free

Birding Trip to Paul Douglas

Grassy Ridge Meadow, Hoffman Estates
Wed, Jul 19 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Jul 22 • 1:30 pm
Free

Feathered Homes

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Wed, Jul 26 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Banding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
August 2017
Bird The PreservesSun, Aug 6 • 10 AM
Free

Hummingbird Sit

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Thu, Aug 10 • 5 PM
Free

Songs of Summer

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSun, Aug 13 • 1 PM
Free

Mixed Media Birds

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Don't MissSat, Aug 19 • 9 AM
Free

Hummingbird Fest

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSun, Aug 20 • 10 AM
Free

Hummingbird Sit

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesThu, Aug 24 • 5 PM
Free

Hummingbird Watch

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesFri, Aug 25 • 7 PM
Free

Nightjars

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Sat, Aug 26 • 7:30 am
Free

Birds at the End of Summer

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Aug 26 • 10 AM
Free

Hummingbird Sit

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesWed, Aug 30 • 7:30 am
Free

Birding Trip to Bemis Woods

Bemis Woods North, Westchester
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County