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Birds in the Garden

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Creating and enjoying a bird oasis connects us to nature and helps sustain bird populations. A small Chicago bird garden is showcased to illustrate how to attract more than 100 bird species.  Tips include landscape enhancements, practices, and plant selection, with an emphasis on natives/nativars. Learn about migration, species diversity, habitat,...

Saturday Nov 2nd, 10am - 12pm

Bird Walk: Fall Migration

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022

Take a walk in the Garden and learn to identify birds in their sometimes-confusing fall plumage. Earlier bird walks will highlight warblers, vireos, and flycatchers, while later ones will feature ducks, sparrows, and hawks. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

Wednesday Sep 25th, 7:30am - 9am

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Owl Prowl at Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Chicago Long Grove Exact Meeting Point TBD, Chicago, Illinois 60047

Explore the mystery of owls at night. Learn owl behavior and identification, as well as the places these fascinating birds are likely to be seen. After an indoor discussion, you will enjoy a guided walk in the woods to look and listen for these enigmatic birds. Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight and binoculars.

Friday Nov 1st, 6:30pm - 9pm

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Nesting Birds of Barbara Brown Reserve

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022

Explore and study the nesting birds of the Garden. Learn how to identify their territorial songs and how to perform a nesting bird survey. The walk begins at the Barbara Brown Nature Reserve and covers birds of the prairies, as well as herons, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Please dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have...

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$19

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Introduction to Bird-Watching

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

If you want to become a birder, join this class to learn the basics. In the Thursday session, you will learn about binoculars, how to use a field guide, and the field marks used to identify common birds of the Chicago area. During the Saturday bird walk, participants will try out their newly acquired skills. Please dress for the weather, and bring...

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$79

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Spring Bird Walk

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022

Join bird expert Alan Anderson to explore the best spots in the Garden for locating late-winter bird residents and the early migrants of spring. Each walk is approximately one to two hours long. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have one.

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$19

Winter Bird Walk

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022

Join bird expert Alan Anderson to explore the Garden in its winter glory. Discover our winter bird residents and the early migrants of spring. Each walk is approximately one to two hours long. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have one.

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$19

Bird Walk: Summer Nesting Birds

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022

Join us as we look for and study the nesting birds of the Garden. We’ll spend time learning how to identify their territorial songs and how to perform a nesting bird survey.  We will start out at the Barbara Brown Nature Reserve, which has good variety of nesting birds and is a place most visitors to the Garden do not normally visit. We will...

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$19

Habitat for Birds and Butterflies

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

One of the great joys of gardening is taking time to observe all the winged wonders that visit your plants. In this class, you'll discover some of the most common birds and butterflies that visit local gardens and learn what to plant to attract them.

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$39

Barbara Brown Nature Reserve Bird Walk

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022

Join bird expert Alan Anderson and discover the birds of the southern wetlands of the Garden. We will start at the six-acre Barbara Brown Nature Reserve, which will provide ample opportunities to view waterfowl and other fall migrants. We will then check for migrant waterfowl in the other wetlands and ponds of the southern section of the Garden, as...

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$19

The Native Oaks

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60022

The mighty oaks (Quercus) have been a signature species in Midwest landscapes for thousands of years. This class covers the different species and varieties within their respective ecosystems along with their landscape usage and culture. Oak morphology and physiology of the various species will be covered along with basic identification of the vari...

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$40

Landscaping for the Birds

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Join Jim Steffen and discover how to landscape your yard to benefit breeding and migratory birds. Learn the basic environmental needs of birds so you can provide those things that will attract more birds to your yard and help support their populations through the seasons.

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$39

Family Bird Walk

at The Resiliency Institute - Naperville 29W128 83rd St, Chicago, Illinois 60564

Join Henry Griffin as he guides you on a bird walk to observe migrating songbirds at the Springbrook Prairie. Henry, a 16 year-old from Oak Park, is a passionate birder with over 900 species identified from 14 countries on 4 continents. He has been leading bird walks in his Oak Park neighborhood to share his passion and reconnect people to birds in...

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$25

Father's Day Canoe Adventure

at Chicago Botanic Garden

How’s this for a unique way to spend part of Father’s Day?  In partnership with Friends of the Chicago River, the Garden invites you to participate in a rare opportunity to canoe the lakes of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Herons, ducks, small fish, and maybe even a few turtles and frogs will greet you as we explore their watery habitat. ...

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$57

Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Learn how to build a safe and comfortable home for your hens. Get the scoop on the basic needs of your backyard birds from local chicken expert, Jen Murtoff.  See examples of coop styles, and learn the nuts and bolts of building your own, including:  the essential components of a coop things to avoid when choosing construction materials...

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$34
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