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

September 2017
Sat, Sep 23 • 1 PM
Free

Conservation@Home: Building a Bird Garden

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Sep 24 • 1:30 pm
Free

Birding Basics

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesThu, Sep 28 • 7:30 am
Free

Perkins Woods Bird Walks

Perkins Woods, Evanston
October 2017
Bird The PreservesSun, Oct 1 • 7:30 am
Free

Busse Woods Big Month Bird Walk

Busse Forest North, Elk Grove Village
Bird The PreservesSun, Oct 1 • 1 PM
Free

Knock, Knock! Who’s there?

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesTue, Oct 3 • 7 AM
Free

Skokie Lagoons Big Month Birding Trip

Erickson Woods, Winnetka
Bird The PreservesTue, Oct 3 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesThu, Oct 5 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, Oct 6 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Walks

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSat, Oct 7 • 7:30 am
Free

Fall Migrant Birds

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, Oct 8 • 7:30 am
Free

Big Month Beck Lake to Camp Pine Walk

Beck Lake, Des Plaines
Bird The PreservesMon, Oct 9 • 1:30 pm
Free

Holiday Program: Birds at the Feeder

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesTue, Oct 10 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesThu, Oct 12 • 8 AM
Free

Eggers Grove Big Month Birding Trip

Eggers Grove, Chicago
Bird The PreservesFri, Oct 13 • 8 AM
Free

Baker’s Lake Bird Hike

Baker’s Lake, Inverness
Bird The PreservesFri, Oct 13 • 7 PM
Free

Night Owls

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesTue, Oct 17 • 7 AM
Free

Skokie Lagoons Big Month Birding Trip

Erickson Woods, Winnetka
Bird The PreservesTue, Oct 17 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSat, Oct 21 • 7 AM
Free

Fall Bird Walk

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSat, Oct 21 • 8 AM
Free

Eggers Grove Big Month Birding Trip

Eggers Grove, Chicago
Bird The PreservesTue, Oct 24 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesSat, Oct 28 • 10 AM
Free

Ornithology 101: Avian Anatomy

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesTue, Oct 31 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
November 2017
SeriesSat, Nov 4 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wonders Series – Turkey Time!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesSun, Nov 5 • 8:30 am
Free

Bird Walk

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 5 • 9 AM
Free

Waterfowl Watch

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 5 • 1 PM
Free

Migration Mysteries

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Nov 11 • 1:30 pm
Free

IRRUPTION!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
SeriesWed, Nov 15 • 4 PM
Free

Outdoor Adventures: All About Birds

Rolling Knolls, Elgin
SeriesFri, Nov 17 • 7 PM
$3.00

NIGHTLIFE – Owl Prowl

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 19 • 1:30 pm
Free

Nocturnal Hunters – Owls

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesWed, Nov 22 • 8 AM
Free

Bemis Woods Birding Trip

Bemis Woods North, Westchester
Bird The PreservesSat, Nov 25 • 1:30 pm
Free

Owls

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 26 • 10 AM
Free

Winter Bird Feeding

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
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