bird the preserves

#BirdThePreserves Big Month Results

This past October, the Forest Preserves of Cook County hosted a Bird the Preserves Big Month Birding Competition. Eighteen teams adopted a forest preserve for the month-long event, and collectively spotted nearly 170 bird species of the 283 species featured on the Forest Preserves’ birding checklist.

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Bird the Preserves Big Month

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.

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Try This! International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Welcome back birds during the International Migratory Bird Day Celebration from 9 am – 11:30 am on Saturday, May 20, at LaBagh Woods. During the event, attendees can enjoy seeing a variety of birds migrating from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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Public Invited to Participate in 117-Year-Old Holiday Tradition

Between the hustle and bustle of year-end holiday traditions enjoyed with family and friends, consider trying a new way to celebrate this magical time of year – the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count! This more-than-a-century-old free event will be hosted between December 14 and January 5, and birders of all skill levels are invited to join in.

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Eastern Screech Owls are Very Flexible

Eastern screech owls are not picky

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This Birder Started at a Young Age

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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This Birder Combines Volunteerism with Birding

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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This Birder Has Seen a lot of Unexpected Things

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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This Birder Finds Joy in Birding

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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Red-bellied Woodpeckers are Built to Eat

Red-bellied woodpeckers catch & cache with ease

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This Birder Loves the Peace and Quiet

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.  

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This Birder Has Learned A Lot

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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This Birder Likes to Travel

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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Black-capped Chickadees Like to Flock

Black-capped chickadees are social

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Celebrating One Hundred Years of Conserving Birds

Every spring and fall a natural wonder of wildlife migration takes place quietly overhead in the dark, unseen by most people.  Millions of small colorful songbirds and interesting birds of all shapes and sizes wing their way between Canada or the northern United States and countries further south, from Mexico through the Caribbean and Central America.  Some fly all the way to the tip of South America.  At daybreak these birds passing overhead will land and find themselves in our neighborhoods and preserves. They are hungry and exhausted, and are looking for trees, shrubs and plants to provide them with insects and berries to refuel, as well as shelter for resting before they resume their long-distance journeys.

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County