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

 


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Birding Events

August 2017
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
September 2017
Bird The PreservesWed, Sep 6 • 8 AM
Free

Bemis Woods Birding Trip

Bemis Woods North, Westchester
Bird The PreservesSat, Sep 16 • 7:30 am
Free

LaBagh Woods Birding Trip

Irene Hernandez Family Picnic Area, Chicago
Bird The PreservesTue, Sep 19 • 7 AM
Free

Skokie Lagoons Birding Trip

Erickson Woods, Winnetka
Bird The PreservesThu, Sep 21 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

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

Skokie Lagoons Big Month Birding Trip

Erickson Woods, Winnetka
Bird The PreservesThu, Oct 5 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSun, Oct 8 • 7:30 am
Free

Big Month Beck Lake to Camp Pine Walk

Beck Lake, Des Plaines
Bird The PreservesThu, Oct 12 • 8 AM
Free

Eggers Grove Big Month Birding Trip

Eggers Grove, Chicago
Bird The PreservesTue, Oct 17 • 7 AM
Free

Skokie Lagoons Big Month Birding Trip

Erickson Woods, Winnetka
Bird The PreservesSat, Oct 21 • 8 AM
Free

Eggers Grove Big Month Birding Trip

Eggers Grove, Chicago
November 2017
SeriesWed, Nov 15 • 4 PM
Free

Outdoor Adventures: All About Birds

Rolling Knolls, Elgin
Bird The PreservesWed, Nov 22 • 8 AM
Free

Bemis Woods Birding Trip

Bemis Woods North, Westchester
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County