Double Bird Blitz in the Palos & Sag Valley Preserves

It’s back … Double Bird Blitz in the
Palos & Sag Valley Preserves.
Any day in June, 2018
Last June, birders found 5,478 birds of 108 species in the hilly woods and prairies of the Palos and Sag Valley Preserves ... but we think there are more! We had the state-threatened Black-billed Cuckoo, the county's only June records for Prairie Warbler and Ring-necked Duck, 36 Orchard Orioles, and so much more! This June, we're going to beat that number. If you blitzed with us last year but want to spend more time in your section, please do! And if you didn't blitz with us last year but have spent the whole year regretting it - this is your big chance. Experienced birders can volunteer to cover a section that was not blitzed last year. 
To register for a section, click here or call (773) 539-6793.
Anyone can join one of our two field trips taking place on June 1 and June 10. See calendar on left side of this homepage for details.

Third Annual Chicago Audubon Photo Contest

The Third Annual

Chicago Audubon Spring Photo Contest

 (The winning photos must have been taken in Illinois and posted during the month of May 2018.)

Chicago Audubon Society (CAS) is happy to announce the 3rd Annual Chicago Audubon Spring Photo Contest. All levels of photography experience are invited to join us. If you are not already a member, send a request to join CAS’s Public Group on Facebook at Post all your favorite bird photos of the 2018 Spring migration during the month of May. The winning photos must have been taken and posted during the month of May 2018. We will be featuring numerous images throughout the month on our two Facebook pages, the CAS Public Group and CAS Home Page. To enter the contest you will be required to repost your ONE favorite photo with the tag #CAS from June 1st to June 4th. Multiple entries will be passed over. Please no photos of nesting birds, owls or pileated woodpeckers. We want this to be a positive experience for all! The winning images will need to be sent to CAS in full resolution for publication in the CAS Compass Newsletter. We recommend 240+ dpi for the best online quality. The winning photos will be announced on the CAS Facebook pages on Monday, June 11. The First, Second, and Third place prizes are being offered by The Morton Arboretum, The Chicago Botanic Garden, and Chicago Audubon. All three prizes will include a complimentary one-year membership with the Chicago Audubon Society.

 We look forward to seeing your photographs!


Invitation to participate in the Spring Bird Count for Cook County




For those who have participated in the bird count in Cook County in the past, and those who would like to participate for the first time (even if you only count birds in your backyard or neighborhood for a few hours), Chicago Audubon has made a report form available (click here), which you can download and/or print out, collect information on the bird species and numbers you see on Saturday, May 5 in Cook County, and then either email the filled out form to Cook County compiler Alan Anderson at [email protected] or mail it to Alan Anderson at 1633 Howard Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60018, by May 22.

Many people have participated year after year since May of 1972 when the first Spring Bird County took place. They have gathered important data on our bird populations, including both year round resident populations and, especially, migrant birds. Many participants cover the same locations each year as they know those habitats in more detail. This data is especially important for comparison purposes. Over time, for many reasons, we lose some participants and so we welcome new volunteers to participate in this important event.

For more background on the history of the Illinois Spring Bird Count, see the Illinois Natural History Survey website:

There you will find forms, see who are the compilers/coordinators in each county, and you can search past data. For those who have participated in the past and cover many areas, we also have an Excel format report form. Let the county compiler know you would like to have that form emailed to you.

Thanks so much to all who have participated in past years,

and we welcome those who wish to help out this year for the first time!


"CAMPING WITH THE BIRDS" at Deer Grove, Camp Reinberg, Palatine

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:00pm


MAY 11 AND 12

from 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11,

until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12

Join us for "Camping with the Birds" at Deer Grove, Camp Reinberg, Palatine, starting on Friday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m. and continuing until Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. For campers 10 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by adults. On Friday, Chicago Audubon will offer owling and a campfire sing-along. On Saturday, there will be early morning bird walks through grasslands and woodlands, including a special walk for new birders. Chicago Audubon will host a free breakfast for its members (so join now!). Bring your own food for dinner and breakfast if you are not a member. Binoculars will be available if needed, and camping gear can be rented. You may skip the planned activities as you please.

~ Non-electric tent sites are $17.50 for up to 6 people/2 tents (special half-off price).

~ Cabins housing up to 10 people are $125.

To reserve your tent site or cabin, contact Chicago Audubon at 773-539-6793 or [email protected]

(RV sites for $50 are also available but cannot be reserved through Chicago Audubon. Sign up for those now at 

If you are interested but have not yet registered, there may still be room. For more general information, email: [email protected].

(We still have a few left!)

Sign up soon!  


Native Plant Sale-Fundraiser Online for Chicago Audubon

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 9:00am
Sales is Online until April 29; Pick up plants on May 19 in Riverside




 A Great Native Plant Sale Opportunity! 

Native Plants can be pre-ordered from now until April 29

Experience this unique opportunity to purchase common and lesser known native plants for your home garden. Many of these plants from local ecotypes are difficult to find in the retail sector. This plant sale will introduce you to many indigenous species that have evolved and adapted to our local conditions over many centuries, growing naturally without fertilizers, supplemental irrigation and herbicides. Whether your landscape is sunny, shady or in between, there will be plants to choose from. Varieties will include perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. Native plants provide food for pollinators, birds and other wildlife, shelter for wildlife, are ornamental and can thrive in  many different soil conditions. Many of the plants are resistant to deer and other wildlife.

 Please go to this website to review the many native plants that are currently available: 

Native plants can be pre-ordered online until Sunday, April 29 and then picked up on Saturday, May 19 in downtown Riverside, Illinois. Or the plants can be shipped directly to you.

The address for pick up is:  63 East Burlington Street, Riverside, Illinois 60546, which is across the street from Riverside Foods.

Then, on May 19 at 10:00 a.m., join Audubon and special guests Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz to hear about their new book. Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees: Gardening Alternatives to Nonnative Species at 63 East Burlington Street, Riverside.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Bradt at 312-203-4085 or email at [email protected]



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