A Birding Club for kids, teens, and young adults
A Birding Club for kids, teens, and young adults

Upcoming Field Trips

The Illinois Young Birders take field trips throughout the year to birding hotspots around the state. All young birders are welcome to attend but please note the following information. All young birders must fill out a
Field Trip Permission Form at the beginning of each year before they can participate on trips.
Please download, fill out, and save the .pdf form, then e-mail it back to , the ILYB Field Trips Coordinator. Please contact Josh to RSVP for trips or if you have any questions or difficulties filling out the form.


Josh Engel and Matthew Cvetas are your Illinois Young Birders (ILYB) Field Trip Coordinators and are excited about the opportunities of birding with you. The format of these events will be similar to what you’ve experienced in the past with most events beginning in the morning and going until lunch time (or beyond as noted). We suggest you bring food (including lunch) and water, dress for the weather, and wear appropriate footwear for hiking through snow, mud, or tall grass. In warmer months, we will try to picnic together on location; in these colder months, be prepared to snack in the car, as there might not always be an opportunity to dine together at a restaurant. We will have extra binoculars for ILYB members to use should they need them.


Code of Conduct
The safety of minors attending events sponsored by Illinois Young Birders (ILYB) is the highest priority. All ILYB partner organizations, members, and field trip participants must abide by the Code of Conduct at all times.

Early Spring Migrants at Deerpath Farm

Sunday, April 23rd 7:00 A.M.

Young birder, Zach Young, and guest leader, Adam Sell, will lead us on a tour of Deerpath Farm in search of early spring migrants, a conservation community that integrates the native landscape with private residences. If time permits, we'll hike the tallgrass remant, Middlefork Savanna.

Register for this event

Chicago South Side Parks

Sunday, May 21st 7:00 A.M.

Spring migration will be in full swing when we explore two south side Chicago city parks - Jackson and Washington Parks. We'll search for warblers and more along Lake Michigan, a major migratory flyway, where more than 300 species of birds have been discovered.

Register for this event

Annual Overnight - Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin and Hopper Lakes

June 10-11, 2017

Join us on our annual overnight as we visit the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge and Hennepin and Hopper Lakes. We'll search fo rmarsh birds like Yellow-headed Blackbird, American Bittern and Common Gallinule as we hike the new trails deep into the wetlands.

Register for this event

Goose Lake Conservation Area

Saturday, July 8th 7:00 A.M.

Early July can still be great for breeding birds. We'll visit Goose Lake Conservation Area to look for Yellow-headed Blackbird, Black Tern, and Common Gallinule - three highly sought after wetland species in northern Illinois.

Register for this event

Illinois Young Birder Symposium

Saturday, August 28th 9:00 A.M.

Join us for the second annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium. This special event will feature a field trip, presentations by young birders, and a featured keynote speaker. After the presentations are concluded, we'll host a reception where we'll feature art by our very own members!

Eggers Woods and the Calumet Area

Saturday, September 9th 7:00 A.M.

In early September, we'll visit Eggers Woods in search of fall migrants. If conditions are right, we'll spend time at Big Marsh and other Calumet area locations to find shorebirds.

Register for this event

Fall on the Chicago Lakefront

Saturday, November 4th 7:00 A.M.

Join us for the last field trip of the year as we bird along the Chicago Lakefront. We'll begin at Montrose and work our way south.

Register for this event


If you are an adult who is interested in volunteering as a chaperone or field trip leader, please contact Josh Engel (see e-mail above) for information on the process for obtaining an Illinois State fingerprint background check and where to send your results. ALL ADULT VOLUNTEERS ON ILYB FIELD TRIPS MUST HAVE STATE FINGERPRINT BACKGROUND CHECKS. The background checks take about 2-3 weeks to get processed, and must be received by IOS prior to date of field trip. All volunteer background checks will be kept in a locked file and will never be shared with anyone. This check only needs to be done once, but it is necessary to ensure the protection of our young birders. Space is limited to 3 Adult Volunteers per trip. Parents of young birders don’t need to do the fingerprint check.



All Content © 2015 Illinois Ornithological Society / ILYB - All Rights Reserved