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


March Meeting: Creating a Bird Sanctuary: What, Where, When, & How to Plant to Attract Birds

Date: March 14, 2024
Time: Meeting 6:45PM, Program 7:00PM
Location: Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet IL 60432
Screenshot 2024-02-15 at 10.35.26 AM

As a bird watcher, you would love to be able to bring the birds right to your own patch of earth. But how is the best way to do that? Nancy Cinatl from The Conservation Foundation will present on what trees, shrubs and perennials are most likely to draw in the birds, along with information on where to plant them, when is the best time to plant them, and tips for planting. Resources such as upcoming plant sales will also be provided.

March Field Trip: Lower Rock Run I&M Canal & Rock Run Rookery

Date: March 16, 2024
Time: 8:00AM
Location: Lower Rock Run I&M Canal Access, 1966 Hollywood Rd, Joliet IL
Rock Run Rookery
Great Blue Herons at Rock Run Rookery

Meet 8:00AM (Sunrise is at 7:02 AM) in the parking lot of Lower Rock Run Preserve-I&M Canal Access, 1966 Hollywood Rd. Joliet. Opportunity for woodland and water birds. Bluebirds are often at the site. We will also proceed to the Rock Run Rookery afterwards, 23065 S. Youngs Rd, for Herons, Gulls and water birds. Leader: Rita Renwick (📷 Maura Carlisle)