Review and provide comments on the Montrose Point Master Plan by February 20

Recently, a number of COS members, other birders and park stewards attended the second public meeting about the Montrose Point Master Plan, where CDF, the design firm, presented a revised master plan and management process.
Over the last year since the initial public meeting, stakeholders’ groups and others have provided feedback to the Chicago Park District about the types of habitat and landscape design that we think will be best for birds at the Point. It seems to most of us that the Park District has heard our concerns and made many positive adjustments to the original plan. There are still issues that concern some, including security, width of paths, design of the suggested entry and other features, and funding.

Park District staff posted the latest drafts of the Montrose Point Master Plan, and the Montrose Point Natural Areas Management Plan online for public review. The draft documents are available from the CDF website at: in the “News” section at the bottom right of the page.

Comments, questions, and suggestions can be submitted online at: and will be accepted through Friday February 20. Please feel free to post comments to the site. If you have questions , feel free to contact us at

The 2015 COS Team LaBagh Big Year Begins! (report #1)

LaBagh Woods (photo by Jeff Skrentny)

As 2015 began for Illinois birders, all the attention was on Quincy, Illinois, with its RARE visitor, an adult Ivory Gull. And the day after it became a no show, a Slaty-backed Gull was a one-day (one hour?) wonder in Peoria. It was a VERY “gullciting” start to   […]

COS Launches LaBagh Big Year Fundraiser

COS has launched its 2015 fundraiser for LaBagh Woods, located at Foster Avenue and Edens Expressway. LaBagh Woods is a critical habitat for migrating birds, but is not in good shape. Years of neglect have resulted in a significantly degraded habitat. Thanks to recent re-dedication by the Cook County Forest Preserve, volunteers have received a   […]

Chicago Park District Montrose Hearing - January 22 at 5:30pm

For over a year the Chicago Park District has been engaged in revising the master management plan for Montrose Point. COS has been a participant on a group of stakeholders as have many other environmental and parks advocacy organizations. At the last stakeholders’ meeting in December, we were glad to see that most of the   […]

Palos Trip Report - November 3, 2014

Sixteen birders showed up on a cool but sunny fall day. It was a great to be out birding. Unfortunately birds have wings and all of the swans seen yesterday were gone. We did have some quality birds. An American Pelican swam around and was very visible. An adult Bald Eagle flew around but   […]

Wind & Wildlife: Event report

Wind conference photo

November 8, 2014

By Christine Williamson


COS and Sierra Club Chicago Group designed a program that brought in experts from around the U.S. to talk about the impacts of wind turbines, one of the cleanest energy production methods, on wildlife.

Our panel was comprised of three pre-eminent U.S.-based wildlife biologists who work on wind   […]

COS-Illinois Young Birders - Douglas Park Field Trip

COS and Illinois Young Birders at Douglas Park

September 28, 2014

A joint Chicago Ornithological Society-Illinois Young Birders field trip led by Eric and Aaron Gyllenhall attracted 40 birders to Douglas Park on Chicago’s Westside. Combining eBird lists of four different birders, the group list for the trip stands at 62 species!

We spent more than two and a half hours birding around   […]

Bartel Grasslands Field Trip Report - 7.7.2014

Photo by Clara Coen (c) 2014

On July 6, 2014, a beautiful Sunday morning, Dick Riner escorted our group of about 20 birders around Bartel Grasslands. After dousing ourselves with insect repellant and some folks donning rubber boots we were ready for the birds and mosquitoes. But before heading out, Dick ‘warned’ us that a large flock of bobolinks departed on   […]

Field Trip Report – Montrose Birding Trip 7.26.2014

Semipalmated Plover photo by Geoff Williamson

By Geoffrey Williamson:

Christine and I led a group of about 20 individuals around Montrose Point in Chicago’s Lincoln Park this morning (Saturday, 26 July 2014), and we located 38 species of birds. We spent some time looking at the 64 shorebirds (of six species) at the beach, which included the following.

Semipalmated Plover 3   […]

Memorial Day Weekend – Iosco County, MI Field Trip Report

Sam Burckhardt led a field trip for the Chicago Ornithological Society to Iosco County, MI, in search of Kirtland’s Warblers and other fine species.

Find a full report along with some beautiful photographs at the following link:

COS Memorial Day Kirtland’s Warbler trip to Iosco County, MI

COS Memorial Day Kirtland’s Warbler trip to Iosco   […]

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