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


Summer Second Thursday Birding Hike & Picnic

Date: August 8, 2024
Time: 5:30PM
Location: Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Dr Joliet, IL

Join us for our summer series of Second Thursday Birding Hikes! We take a break from our monthly chapter meetings during June, July, and August to just enjoy some birding together.

This month we will be meeting early at 5:30pm for a picnic to unveil and celebrate the updated WCAS bird feeding station at the Pilcher Park Nature Center. Bring your own meal and hang out together prior to our regular summer birding hike at 6:30. We will be walking around 2 miles on dirt paths. Expect to see woodland songbirds, many woodpecker species including the Pileated Woodpecker, early fall migrants, and possibly owls! Meet behind the Pilcher park Nature Center at 2501 Highland Park Dr, Joliet, IL 60432

Any questions can be emailed to Kara Morales at