Birding

Dickcissel-Jim-Phillips

 

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

 


Birding Events

March 2019

Bird The PreservesFri, Mar 29 • 7 PM
Free

Woodcock “Sky Dance”

Wolf Road Prairie, Westchester

April 2019

Bird The PreservesWed, Apr 3 • 10 AM
Free

Waterfowl Watch

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Fri, Apr 5 • 10 AM
Free

Ornithology 101: Wood Warblers Part 1

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesFri, Apr 5 • 7 PM
Free

Mud Snipe Hunt

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesWed, Apr 10 • 9 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Fri, Apr 12 • 10 AM
Free

Ornithology 101: Wood Warblers Part 2

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Apr 13 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Walk

Miller Meadow-South, Forest Park
Bird The PreservesSun, Apr 14 • 1:30 pm
Free

Birds of Prey Series

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesTue, Apr 16 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesWed, Apr 17 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Plum Creek Meadow, Chicago Heights
Bird The PreservesThu, Apr 18 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, Apr 19 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Hike

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesTue, Apr 23 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesFri, Apr 26 • 8:30 am
Free

Sagawau Bird Hikes

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesFri, Apr 26 • 9:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, Apr 27 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Walk

LaBagh Woods, Chicago
Bird The PreservesSat, Apr 27 • 7:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walks

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSun, Apr 28 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird ID Cruise

Powderhorn Lake, Burnham
Bird The PreservesTue, Apr 30 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland

May 2019

Bird The PreservesThu, May 2 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Walk

Perkins Woods, Evanston
Bird The PreservesThu, May 2 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, May 3 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Hike

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, May 3 • 8:30 am
Free

Sagawau Bird Hikes

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Sat, May 4 • 6 AM
Free

Big Sit

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSat, May 4 • 6 AM
Free

Birding Big Sit

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSun, May 5 • 6 AM
Free

The Big Sit!

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Don't MissSun, May 5 • 11 AM
Free

Spring Festival

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, May 5 • 1:30 pm
Free

Birds of Prey Series

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesTue, May 7 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesThu, May 9 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Walk

Perkins Woods, Evanston
Bird The PreservesFri, May 10 - Sat, May 11
$17.50

Camping with the Birds

Camp Reinberg, Palatine
Bird The PreservesFri, May 10 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Hike

Deer Grove-East, Palatine
Bird The PreservesFri, May 10 • 8:30 am
Free

Sagawau Bird Hikes

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesFri, May 10 • 9:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, May 11 • 6 AM
Free

Big Sit

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesSat, May 11 • 6 AM
Free

“The Big Sit” Birdwatching

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSat, May 11 • 7:30 am
Free

Birding Trip to Skokie Lagoons

Erickson Woods, Winnetka
Bird The PreservesSat, May 11 • 7:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walks

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSat, May 11 • 9 AM
Free

World Migratory Bird Day

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

International Migratory Bird Day and #BirdThePreserves Big Sit

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesTue, May 14 • 8 AM
Free

Tuesday Mornings are for the Birds!

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesThu, May 16 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Walk

Perkins Woods, Evanston
Bird The PreservesFri, May 17 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Hike

Beverly Lake, Hoffman Estates
Bird The PreservesSat, May 18 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Walk

Burnham Prairie, Burnham
Bird The PreservesSat, May 18 • 7:30 am
Free

Morning Bird Walks

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Bird The PreservesSat, May 18 • 8:30 am
Free

Sagawau Bird Hikes

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Sat, May 18 • 9 AM
Free

World Migratory Bird Day Celebration

LaBagh Woods, Chicago
Bird The PreservesSun, May 19 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Walk

Jurgenson Woods, Lansing
Bird The PreservesSun, May 19 • 8 AM
Free

Migration Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
Bird The PreservesSun, May 19 • 1 PM
Free

Birding Basics

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesTue, May 21 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Hike

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesThu, May 23 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Walk

Perkins Woods, Evanston
Bird The PreservesSat, May 25 • 8:30 am
Free

Sagawau Bird Hikes

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesThu, May 30 • 7:30 am
Free

Bird Walk

Perkins Woods, Evanston

June 2019

Bird The PreservesWed, Jun 5 • 7 AM
Free

Bird Hike

Penny Road Pond, Barrington
Bird The PreservesSun, Jun 16 • 5 PM
Free

Bird Hike

Penny Road Pond, Barrington
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