Bird walks and events 2018:
Welcome Back Herons:
Lake County Audubon Society will host their annual Welcome Back Herons event Saturday April 21st at Almond Marsh Forest Preserve from 8:00am until noon. Coffee, hot chocolate and goodies will be provided. Volunteers will be available with scopes and binoculars to answer questions and provide you with updates on the nesting of the Great Blue Herons and other water birds. The Marsh is located on Almond Road ½ mile south of Rte. 120.
Our event was a great success with 111 people attending and enjoying looking at a large variety of birds. We saw 26 species. Click here for an eBird checklist of what was seen.
May 2: bird walk at Raven Glen Forest Preserve. The entrance is on Rt. 45 south of Rt. 173. Meet in the parking lot for a 7:30am start. Please bring binoculars. We had 23 attendees on the walk. To see the eBird checklist of bird species that were sighted click here. The highlights were an American Redstart, Clay-colored Sparrow and a Warbling Vireo.
May 16: bird walk at Wright Woods Forest Preserve. 24830 N St Marys Rd, Mettawa. Meet in the parking lot for a 7:30am start. Please bring binoculars.
June 13: join us for Cheese and Crackers with Herons. This event will start at 6pm at Almond Marsh Forest Preserve. Refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be available with scopes and binoculars to answer questions and provide you with updates on the Great Blue Herons and other water birds. The Marsh is located on Almond Road ½ mile south of Rte. 120.
September 15th: join us for a bird walk at beautiful Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve led by one of Lake County's top young birders, Ethan Ellis. If you use eBird you will always see Ethan's checklists. Ethan will be accompanied by his dad Scott Ellis who is an awesome bird photographer. The walk will begin at 7:30am. Please bring binoculars. The address is: 1401 Middlefork Dr, Lake Forest.
October 6: Illinois Beach State Park north unit nature walk led by Don Wilson followed by a visit to the Hawk Watch: https://www.hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=527
The walk will begin at 7:30am. We will meet at the Hawk Watch parking lot and start out with a quick visit to the Hawk Watch group. Then we can continue our walk to Sand Pond and along Kellogg Creek. We will end the walk at the Hawk Watch. Directions: Hawk Watch is in the North Unit of IBSP (also known as Camp Logan). The entrance is on 17th Street. The Moose Club and a Bowling Alley are the intersection of 17th St and Sheridan Road. The only way to access 17th St is from Sheridan Rd and then going east towards the lake. Follow the road and the signs into the park. Go past Sand Pond and over Kellogg Creek and the first drive on the right is the parking area where Hawk Watch is conducted. It isn't a big parking area so there is another small parking area not much farther down the main road. To get to Sheridan Road one can take Wadsworth, Route 173 or State Line/Russell Road to Sheridan Road. Coming from Wadsworth Road or Rt 173 one will turn left and go north. From State Line/Russell Road on will turn right on Sheridan Road. If anyone has trouble finding the site they can call Don Wilson at 224-639-3158.
October 6 is Cornell’s Big Day. Every year for the last 4 years Big Day has been an international birding event. It has been held in May each year, but in 2018 Cornell has decided to have a second Bid Day on October for fall migration. We will be contributing our sightings via eBird for both of our walks on October 6. Click here for more information on Big Day.
October 6: Waukegan Beach. This walk will begin at 10:30am and is to celebrate that Mayor Cunningham and the City of Waukegan issued a proclamation declaring 2018 as the Year of the Bird. Waukegan was the first city in Illinois to issue such a proclamation to honor the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The special dunes habitat at Waukegan Beach is a birding hotspot in Lake County. Join us and City officials to celebrate the Year of the Bird with a bird walk on the Municipal Beach. Meet at the beach parking lot: 201 N Seahorse Dr, Waukegan. Click here to see our walk invitation.
These are the bird walks and events from Spring 2017 to give you an idea of what birds we saw:
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.