Bird Watching in Lake County, Illinois - Visit Lake County - Official Travel Site

Bird Watching in Lake County

Lake County's natural spaces create a perfect place for bird watching...

Rolling hills, restored wetlands and established woodlands comprise much of Lake County, Illinois, making it a magnificent destination for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. With more than 30,000 acres of forest preserves, Lake County has a myriad of options for novice and advanced birders alike. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded within Lake County, so you never know what your bird watching adventures will bring!

Many of the area's preserves and natural areas are touted as excellent birding destinations, recognized for their exemplary habitat, due in large part to Lake County's commitment to wildlife preservation. From Red Tailed Hawks and Barn Owls to song birds and Sand Hill Cranes, both nesting and migrating bird species take advantage of the large variety of habitat located throughout Lake County, including a green corridor which runs north to south along the Des Plaines River Trail. The variety of habitats throughout the county includes Volo Bog State Natural Area, home to Illinois' only quaking bog and is a favorite destination for migrating cranes. Head to Fort Sheridan in Lake Forest for a fresh water coastal habitat along the shores of Lake Michigan and enjoy scenic views while watching for beautifully colored song birds.

Lake County is a quintessential birding destination in Illinois where seasonal rarities often show up. The vast amount of land brings incredible numbers of birds to the county every year, and we welcome and support birders who enjoy our feathered friends. Almond Marsh in Grayslake is home to a great blue heron rookery, and rare sedges hide small rodents that the Cooper's Hawk and Peregrine Falcon can't resist.

Need a guide? No problem! Join a resident bird watching expert in the area from the Lake County Audubon Society for a group trip or discussion. If you plan on visiting the Chicagoland area, consider bird watching in Lake County.

Continue here to view a map of our Top 10 Bird Watching locations.

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Bowen Park
Bowen Park has been transformed into a public park with the widest possible range of ...

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Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
Located among pristine woodlands in the Ryerson historic home in Riverwoods, Il., Bru...

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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway
The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway protects land along more than 85 percent of ...

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Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
(Ft. Sheridan)
NOTE: Due to ongoing restoration as part of the Great Lakes Fish and Ecosystem Restor...

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Illinois Beach State Park
Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan from Waukegan ...

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Independence Grove Forest Preserve
This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and educati...

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32492 N. Almond Rd Grayslake, IL 60030
Saint Mary’s Road at Everett Road Mettawa, IL 60048
21950 N. Riverwoods Road Riverwoods, IL 60015
P.O. Box 332 Libertyville, IL 60048

27277 N Forest Preserve Rd Wauconda, IL 60084
698 N. St. Marys Road Libertyville, IL 60048
636 Ridge Road Highland Park, IL 60035