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

 


Events List Navigation

Birding Events

June 2017
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 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Conservation Success Story

Deer Grove East, Palatine
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