The 585 acres of grassland, marsh, scattered evergreens and deciduous trees that comprise this site draw a good selection of species throughout the year.
A unique ravine landscape, and popular spring migratory stop off.
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