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

 


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Birding Events

December 2017
Bird The PreservesThu, Dec 28 • 1 PM
Free

Raptor Rendezvous

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
January 2018
Bird The PreservesFri, Jan 5 • 7 PM
Free

Evening Owl Hike

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSat, Jan 6 • 1 PM
Free

Ornithology 101: Feathers

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSun, Jan 7 • 1 PM
Free

Drawing Birds

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Jan 13 • 1 PM
Free

Bird Nest Hike

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSun, Jan 14 • 10 AM
Free

Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Sun, Jan 14 • 1:30 pm
Free

Two Owls & a Naturalist

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Mon, Jan 15 • 1:30 pm
Free

Two Owls & a Naturalist

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
Bird The PreservesSat, Jan 20 • 10 AM
Free

Pinecone Birdfeeders

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Bird The PreservesSat, Jan 27 • 1:30 pm
Free

Illinois Eagle Day

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
February 2018
Bird The PreservesSat, Feb 3 • 10 AM
Free

Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSun, Feb 4 • 1 PM
Free

Ornithology 101: Bird Evolution

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Bird The PreservesSat, Feb 24 • 8 AM
Free

The Birds Think It Is Spring

Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County