Field Trips

Are you interested in learning more about birds and birding and would like to meet others who enjoy the natural world?

Field trips take place on most Saturdays following monthly meetings. Occasional mid-week trips are planned. Destinations are chosen to highlight the best birding locations in our region’s finest natural areas in Will and surrounding counties. Travel times are usually 20 to 60 minutes and carpooling is often available.

People at all levels of birding expertise-members and non-members-are welcome to participate. Members assist others in bird identification as well as sharing their knowledge of plants, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. If you are an expert, you can lend a hand. If a beginner, you can gain insight into the natural world.

Check out birding activities statewide – courtesy of the Illinois Audubon Society.


Our programs feature experts in scientific research and notable authorities in the fields of ornithology, botany, zoology, and environmental studies as well as speakers who share wildlife adventures in all parts of the globe.

Location: Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Dr. Joliet, IL
Yearly Schedule: Second Thursday of every month from September to May, except for December.
Time: 6:30 pm Social time/Refreshments, 6:45 pm Business Meeting, 7:00 pm Program


124th Annual Christmas Bird Count

Date: December 16, 2023
Location: Joliet Circle

Will County Audubon Society will participate in the National Audubon Society’s 124th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Members of Will County Audubon will count anywhere within the Joliet Bird Count Circle during the 24 hours of December 16, 2023. If you would like to participate (you must register by December 4th) please email our Compiler: Kara Morales @

January Program “Galapagos: A Natural History: presented by John Kricher and Kevin Loughlin”

Date: January 11, 2024
Time: 7:00PM
Location: via Zoom
Image 11-28-23 at 5.37 PM

Please join us for this fascinating program featuring some of the world’s most unique and endemic species of flora and fauna and wonderful beaches that continually rank among the world’s best. Program Registration details TBA in January.

Kevin Loughlin, professional photographer and owner of Wildside Nature Tours has lead photo excursions around the world since 1993, including 45 to the Galapagos Islands. Kevin’s photos and articles have appeared in publications such as Wild Bird, Nature Photographer, Audubon, as well as many natural history books, including the new “Peterson’s Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean” by Scott Weidensaul.

John Kricher taught ecology and ornithology at Wheaton College (Massachusetts) for 48 years. His quest to learn ecology and to watch birds has taken him to over 30 countries and to all the continents. He has authored ten books including The New Neotropical Companion (2017).His most recent book is Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior (2020).