Birding

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#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

 


2016 Big Year Competition

From March 1 to December 31, 2016, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting a Big Year birding competition... with a twist! During the #BirdthePreserves Big Year competition, the preserves compete instead of the people.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceChicago Wilderness

Support for Bird the Preserves was generously provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through Chicago Wilderness.

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Birding Events

December 2016
Bird The PreservesSun, Dec 11 • 1 PM
Free

Birds of Winter

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesFri, Dec 16 • 7 PM
Free

Evening Owl Hikes

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
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Bird The PreservesSat, Dec 17 • 8 AM
Free

Birding with the Field Museum at Eggers Grove

Eggers Grove, Chicago
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Bird The PreservesSat, Dec 17 • 8 AM
Free

Brookfield Zoo Big Year Birding Field Trip

Brookfield Zoo (South Gate), Brookfield
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Bird The PreservesTue, Dec 20 • 7 AM
Free

Big Year Birding Field Trip at Skokie Lagoons

Erickson Woods, Winnetka
Bird The PreservesSat, Dec 31 • 1:30 pm
Free

Irruption!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
January 2017
Bird The PreservesFri, Jan 13 • 7 PM
Free

Evening Owl Hikes

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSat, Jan 14 • 10 AM
Free

Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSun, Jan 22 • 1 PM
Free

Headbangers World

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSat, Jan 28 • 10 AM
Free

Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
February 2017
Sat, Feb 11 • 1 PM
Free

Conservation@Home: Building a Bird Garden

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSun, Feb 12 • 10 AM
Free

Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Feb 18 • 1 PM
Free

Conservation@Home: Building a Bird Garden

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesSat, Feb 25 • 8 AM
Free

The Birds Think it is Spring

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Feb 25 • 1 PM
$5.00

This Old Birdhouse

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSun, Feb 26 • 10 AM
Free

Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
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