Join COS for the Forest Preserve District Big Year events

Join COS for the 2016 Big Year Kick Off trip to LaBagh Woods Forest Preserve on March 5th! In 2015 COS established a birding competition for LaBagh Woods, hoping to find different bird species and get donations and pledges for restoration plantings. We succeeded well beyond our wildest expectations. Over the course of the year, the Big Year Team and many other birders recorded 168 species, raised $45,000.00 for bird friendly plants, initiated bird monitoring and assisted the Forest Preserve District of Cook County in organizing nearly 150 volunteers at LaBagh to remove invasives, plant bushes and collect seeds.

This year the Forest Preserve District decided to establish birding competition teams in every preserve that provides a leader and a team. The competition starts March 1 and is designed to get birders into the Forest Preserves and record their data on e-bird. Learn more about the competition here: Forest Preserve District Big Year

There will be Big Year events throughout the year, so check our calendar!

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Lisle Christmas Bird Count 2015 report

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker: Photo by Fran Morel

The 67th Lisle-Arboretum Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, 20 December 2015. There was only a brief freeze in the weeks prior to count day, so that we had a lot of hope for a good count. The 90 field observers and nine feeder watchers also had   […]

LaBagh Woods:  The First 11 Months

Here come the shrubs! Volunteers transporting shrubs to their new home.

Have you been out to LaBagh Woods lately? If you have, you have seen that the LaBagh Big Year has made a huge difference. Planting is complete for this year, but fund-raising and scouring LaBagh for new species has not stopped.

How have we done? COS is pleased and proud to let you know that   […]

Labagh Big Year update - One Third done!

Shrubs planted by COS at Labagh

See this full report with images by clicking this link: COS LaBagh-COS Web page-insert re LaBagh May 2015

It seems like just yesterday that COS kicked off the LaBagh Big Year with a field trip there on a snowy January 1. Here we are now in May, with migration in full swing, over one-third of   […]

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   […]

Field Trip Report: Palos Area, April 9th 2016

Many thanks to Shawn for leading an excellent field trip to the Palos area. The 10 of us who attended all enjoyed very large numbers of waterfowl–thousands of American coots, and great views of all three merganser, shovelers, buffleheads, green and blue winged teal, redhead, canvasback, gadwall, wigeon, pied bill and horned grebes, among others,   […]

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   […]

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