2017:

Saturday April 8 2017: Welcome Back Herons at Almond Marsh Heron Rookery, 32550 North Almond Road, Grayslake. 8am to 12pm. Refreshments will be provided. Spotting scopes will be set up to view the nesting Herons. Click here to see an image of a Great Blue Heron on one of the artificial nesting platforms.

Saturday April 22 2017: Earth Day bird walk at Old School Forest Preserve, 28285, N St. Mary's Rd, Libertyville.  Meet in parking lot A at 7:15am for a 7:30am start. Please bring binoculars. We had  19 attendees and saw 24 bird species. Click here for a link for an eBird checklist of the bird species reported.

Wednesday May 3 2017: Bird walk at Lyons Woods. Meet in the car park at 7:15am for a 7:30am start. Please bring binoculars. Address: 10200 Blanchard Rd, Waukegan. Click here for an eBird checklist of the 25 bird species seen by the 10 attendees.

Wednesday May 24 2017: Bird walk at Rollins Savanna. Meet in the main car park at 7:15am for a 7:30am start. Please bring binoculars. Address: 20160 W Washington St, Grayslake. Click here for an eBird checklist of the 26 species seen by the 10 attendees.

Tuesday June 13 2017: Cheese and Crackers with the Herons at Almond Marsh Heron Rookery, 32550 North Almond Road, Grayslake. 6:00pm. Refreshments will be provided. Spotting scopes will be set up to view the Herons.

 

 

 

These are the bird walks and events from 2016 to give you an idea of what birds we saw:

Saturday April 2 2016: Welcome Back Herons at Almond Marsh Heron Rookery, 32550 North Almond Road, Grayslake. 8am to 12pm. Refreshments will be provided. Spotting scopes will be set up to view the nesting Herons. Click here to see an image of a Great Blue Heron on one of the artificial nesting platforms. Despite the snow some hardy souls stopped by to see the herons. Click here to see photographs from the day in our Photo Gallery

Wednesday April 20 2016: Earth Day bird walk at Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve, W Everett Road, Libertyville. Meet in the car park at 7:15am. The walk will be from 7:30 - 9:00am. Please bring binoculars. Here is a list of birds that were sighted on this walk: American Goldfinch, American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Blue Jay, Blue-winged Teal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Canada Goose, Common Grackle, Cooper's Hawk, Double-crested Cormorant, Downy Woodpecker (M&F), Eastern Phoebe, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Gull, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Rusty Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Tree Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Wood Duck (M&F) and Yellow-rumped Warbler. 28 species and 15 attendees. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for some photographs from this walk.

Saturday April 30 2016: Bird walk at Reed Turner Woodland, 3849 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Meet in the car park at 7:15am. The walk will be from 7:30 - 9:00am. Please bring binoculars.

Here is a list of birds seen/heard: Palm Warbler, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Phoebe, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Robin, Great Egret, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Yellow -rumped Warbler, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorant, Wood Duck, Field Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird and House Wren.

Here is a list of plants observed: Virginia Bluebells (flowering), Bloodroot (flowering), Anemone sp (flowering), Cut-leaved toothwort (flowering), Swamp Buttercup (flowering), Marsh marigold (flowering), Solomon’s Seal, Wild onion, Mayapple, Current sp (flowering), White trillium (flowering), Red Trillium, Raspberry sp, Jack In The Pulpit(flowering), Shooting Star, Avens or Agrimony, Common Blue Violet (flowering), Yellow violet sp (flowering), Sharp-lobed Hepatica, Bedstraw sp, Trout Lily sp (flowering), Wild Geranium(flowering), Garlic Mustard, Daffodil/Jonquil (flowering) and unidentified white bell-shaped flower (flowering). Click here for a photograph of Virginia Bluebells.

Sunday May 1 2016: Join us at Volo Bog where we will be helping to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day organized by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Lake County Audubon Society will be teaching how to use binoculars and leading birds walks. Click here for more information. Click here for a photograph of Chris Geiselhart teaching how to use binoculars.

Wednesday May 11 2016: Members only "Secret Gems" Bird walk 7:30am at Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein. Meet at the Purple parking lot. Please bring binoculars.

Here is a list of birds seen/heard on the day: American Goldfinch, American Redstart, American Robin, American Tree Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, Barn Swallow, Black-and-white Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-capped Chickadee, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Blue Jay, Blue-winged Warbler, Brown-headed Cowbird, Canada Goose, Cape May Warbler, Caspian Tern, Chipping Sparrow, Common Grackle, Double-crested Cormorant, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, Gray Catbird, House Finch, Indigo Bunting, Mallard Duck, Mourning Dove, Nashville Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Palm Warbler, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Scarlet Tanager, Solitary Sandpiper, Song Sparrow, Tennessee Warbler, Tree Swallow, Turkey Vulture, White-breasted Nuthatch, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Wood Duck, Yellow Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Total Species= 47. Attendees= 20. Click here to see photographs from the day in our photo gallery.

Wednesday May 25: Bird walk at Pine Dunes, 42909 Hunt Club Road, Antioch. We will meet in the parking lot for a 7:30am start. Please bring binoculars.

Here is a list of the birds seen on the day: American Crow, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Bald Eagle (immature), Barn Swallow, Blue-winged Teal, Bobolink, Brown-headed Cowbird, Canada Goose, Cedar Waxwing, Common Grackle, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Wood Pewee, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Kildeer, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Red-winged Blackbird, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper and Tree Swallow. Total = 28. Attendees = 14. Click here to photographs from the day in our photo gallery.

Wednesday June 1 2016: Cheese and Crackers with the Herons at Almond Marsh Heron Rookery, 32550 North Almond Road, Grayslake. 6:00pm. Refreshments will be provided. Spotting scopes will be set up to view the Herons. Click here to go to our Photo Gallery with photographs from the event.

Saturday September 17 2016: Bird Banding Field Trip to Sand Bluff Bird Observatory: Lee Johnson's May 2nd program on bird banding at Sand Bluff Bird Observatory in northern Winnebago County prompted inquiries about a field trip there. We are pleased to announce that it will take place on Saturday, September 17th, 2016.  Click here for their website. The Sandbluff Bird Observatory and Banding Station is about 2 hours drive from Libertyville. The address for your GPS is 10602 Haas Road, Rockton, IL. The Banding Station is open from 8am to 4pm. We encourage car pooling and suggest arriving at 9:00am to view the mist nets along the trails.  Then gather back at the Education Center to learn about the process and purpose of banding and possibly release a bird yourself! There will be a $3 per person fee for this special tour which will be for the benefit of the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. Bring your own lunch to eat there if you want to stay on to hike the trails by the Sugar River.  If you wish to sign up, email audbirds@aol.com for a return email with details.

Wednesday October 5 2016: Members only "Secret Gems" Bird Walk 7:30am at Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein. Meet at the Purple Parking Lot where we will get a bus to the other side of the Seminary for birdwatching by the lake. Please bring binoculars.