A unique ravine landscape, and popular spring migratory stop off.
The Morton Arboretum encompasses 1,700 acres of diverse habitat, including restored prairie, deciduous woods and evergreen plantations.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, surrounded by Argonne National Laboratory, is one of the most diverse and scenic forest preserves in DuPage County.
Many grassland birds of concern, such as the Henslow’s sparrow, bobolink, dickcissel, field sparrow, eastern meadowlark and others are found at Orland.
Enriched by the creek that meanders through it, this scenic preserve is a migration hotspot, with over 120 species having been recorded.
It is particularly good for warblers in May, including the locally uncommon Louisiana Waterthrush. Nesters include Barred Owl and Tufted Titmouse.
11200 South Kean Avenue, Palos Hills
This large deep lake has attracted most of the duck species known to occur in Illinois.
Other waterbirds (Common Loon, grebes, Bald Eagles, Ospreys) are also excellent possibilities.
Overlooking Long John Slough, this facility of the Cook County Forest Preserve District is surrounded by excellent habitat easily reached on foot.
Numerous land and waterbirds migrate through the area, and over 80 species are known to breed here.
Also includes a new visitor center with additional live animals and exhibits, children’s activity room, and more
9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, 60480
This wooded area on the east side of the Des Plaines River can be excellent in spring and fall for migrating thrushes, warblers and other land birds.
Five species of woodpeckers and two species of cuckoos have summered here.
4099 South Harlem Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402
A large variety of migrant songbirds, as well as cuckoos, veeries and other breeding species, use this 400-acre wooded area on Salt Creek.
11500 Ogden Avenue, Western Springs, IL60558
This Lake County Forest Preserve District property offers an excellent variety of breeding and migrant waterbirds.
As the only open-water tamarack bog in Illinois, this wetland is a botanist’s dream.
A mix of marshes, woods, grasslands and ponds, this portion of the Lake County Forest Preserve District is located on the Des Plaines River.
This large marina owned and operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has one of the largest concentrations of wintering gulls in the area.
On spring evenings, American Woodcocks are easily seen performing their mating displays.
During spring, fall and winter (if the lake remains unfrozen), large numbers of waterbirds appear on the lake.
Hegewisch Marsh is 129 acres of native marsh, wetland, and wet prairie habitats along the Calumet River. The site has over a mile of trails through the scenic park.
in addition to the many common species that regularly appear, such rarities as Marbled Godwit, Red Knot and Long-billed Dowitcher have also been observed in recent years.
Its open water attracts a myriad of waterfowl, and the marshy portions have provided nesting habitat for Pied-billed Grebes, Least Bitterns and Common Moorhens.