Lincoln Park Zoo Tuesday and Sunday Bird Walks -- Regular bird walks are scheduled every Tuesday and Sunday from 8:30 to 11:30a.m. during the months of April, May, September, and October, meeting at the Bird House in Lincoln Park Zoo. The walks are co-sponsored with the Lincoln Park Zoo. Leaders: Tuesdays, Nancy Casper; Sundays, Mark Luscombe or other members of Fort Dearborn Chapter. Contact: Nancy Casper, 773-405-4108; Mark Luscombe, 312-307-3928.
January 28-29, 2017 -- Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock State Park. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Free admission. More information is at the IAS website. Highlights of the trip are always the ever growing population of eagles (depending on the amount of ice on the river) and the live raptor programs. It is possible to reserve a spot for a specific program ahead of time. Members of Starved Rock Audubon also promise to have scopes on hand for viewing along the Illinois River and locks.
February 4, 2017 -- Wintering Ducks in Chicago. Meet at Montrose Harbor at the Magic Hedge at 9:00 a.m. We will check out the lakefront and Montrose Harbor for overwintering ducks and any other birds that happen to be around. We will proceed to the Chicago River just south of Diversey (East side of the Chicago River, north branch) to check for ducks on the river. For transportation, contact Mark Luscombe. Leader: Mark Luscombe, 312-307-3928.
February 11, 2017 --16th Annual Gull Frolic at North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor. Come join a team of gull experts to see some of the less common winter gulls in the Chicago area. Starts at 9:30 a.m. (later than past years). There is a $15 fee which includes breakfast and lunch. Speaker will be Jean Iron, talking about shorebirds on Canada's James Bay. Advance registration is required as they now have to limit attendance due to fire code restrictions -- last year it sold out by mid-January. Make checks payable to Illinois Ornithological Society, mail to Ted Wolff, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 601, Chicago, IL 60601. Bring your scopes and dress with plenty of layers -- the lakefront can be pretty chilly in February. Take I-94 North; exit Route 173, East to Sheridan Road (Route 137); Left to 7th Street; Right and follow signs to North Point Marina.
March 18, 2017 -- Sand Ridge Nature Center. Meet at the nature center at 9:00 a.m., 15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland, IL. Directions: take I-90 east to Exit 5, US 41/Calumet Ave. (in Indiana), go 0.4 miles and turn right onto Gostlin St. for 0.9 miles, continue on Brainard St. (back in Illinois) for 1.0 miles, turn left onto Burnham Ave. for 2.0 miles, turn right onto Pulaski Rd. for 1.5 miles, turn left onto Paxton Ave. for 0.6 miles. Nature center drive is on your left. For transportation, contact Mark Luscombe. Leader: Mark Luscombe, 312-307-3928.
April 8, 2017 -- Montrose and Magic Hedge. Meet at the Magic Hedge at 8:30 a.m. Depending on conditions, we will probably also car pool to the Jarvis Bird Sanctuary following birding at Montrose. For those concerned about finding a parking place that late and wanting an earlier start, we will also have a preview tour of Montrose Point and the beach at 7:30 a.m. Leader: Mark Luscombe, 312-307-3928.
May 19-21, 2017 -- IAS Spring Gathering, St. Charles, IL. The Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering will be at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles, Illinois, hosted by Kane County Audubon. Registration deadline is May 6th. Hotel reservation deadline at Quality Inn and Suites is April 25th for the IAS rate. Friday activities include evening dinner and program, and there are a variety of birding excursions Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning. For more detailed information, including hotel information, visit the IAS website at www.illinoisaudubon.org.
May 6, 2017 -- Spring Bird Count, Northwestern University Landfill. Meet at the top of the parking lot at the south end of Northwestern University, Evanston landfill at 8:30 a.m. Led by Evanston/North Shore Bird Club members.
May 27, 2017 -- Rosehill Cemetery and River Park. Meet at East Entrance to Rosehill Cemetery (Rosehill Drive) at 8:30 a.m. this year we will expand our field trip to include River Park, on the North Branch of the Chicago River west of Rosehill. Leader: Mark Luscombe, 847-267-2440.
June 4, 2017 -- Dedication of Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary near Dixon. Field trip to attend the dedication of Illinois Audubon's newest sanctuary, the Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary, named for Fort Dearborn member and major financial backer of the sanctuary acquisition, Russ Gremel. The sanctuary is very close to the Amboy Marsh sanctuary where we had a field trip a couple of years ago. More details will be promulgated as they become available, including start time and whether we will need to spend Saturday night in Dixon to be there in time for the event. Check the IAS website at www.illinoisaudubon.org.
July 8, 2017 -- Butterfly Count at North Park village Nature Center. Meet at Nature Center of North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago, at 9:00 a.m. Leader: Wayne Svoboda, 847-675-3622.
August 12, 2017 -- Dragonfly Count at North Park Village Nature Center. Meet at Nature Center of North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago, at 9:00 a.m. Leader: Wayne Svoboda, 847-675-3622.
September 9, 2017 -- Wooded Island. Meet at 8:30 at the parking lot to the east of Darrow Bridge behind the Museum of Science and Industry. The island is open again although the Darrow Bridge is still closed. Leader: Mark Luscombe, 312-307-3928.
October 7, 2017 -- Orland Grassland and Burnham Prairie. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Orland Grassland parking lot. As part of our 2017 focus on birding the Cook County Forest Preserves, we will bird some of the more newly developed parts of the Cook County Forest Preserves in the southwest suburbs. Take I-55 south to Exit 279A, La Grange Road south. Proceed south on LaGrange Road to 167th Street. Turn right/west and look for entrance to parking lot on the left/south side of street. Contact Mark Luscombe if you need transportation. Leader: Mark Luscombe, 312-307-3928.
November 4, 2017 -- Montrose Harbor and Jarvis Bird Sanctuary. Our fall trip to check out the fall migrants at Montrose. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Magic Hedge. Leader: Mark Luscombe, 312-307=3928.
December 17, 2017 -- Annual Christmas Bird Count at North Park Village and Emily Oaks Nature Centers. This is a Sunday trip! Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski. Leader: Wayne Svoboda, 847-675-3622.
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