A Birder's Guide to the Chicago Region by Lynne Carpenter and Joel Greenberg is an indispensible guide to birding locations, containing careful descriptions and directions. It is available in local bookstores and on Amazon.com. This page contains some of ENSBC members' favorite birding destinations.
Dwight Perkins Woods - Evanston
This 7.5 acre Cook County Forest Preserve in Northwest Evanston is surrounded by comfortable homes on the north, south and west, and Lincolnwood School on the east. Its spring wildflower display attracts plant lovers, and its vernal ponts and tall oaks attract migrating birds in spring. Wood Ducks are a spring specialty. Fall migration is also productive even though the ponds have dried up. The new (2013) crushed granite paths crisscross the preserve, meeting in the middle and making birding easy.
Directions: Perkins Woods is about halfway between Golf Road on the South and Central St on the north. From either street, take Ewing Ave. to reach the woods, which is between Colfax and Grant Streets. The kiosk explaining Dwight Perkins Woods is just north of the intersection of Grant and Bennett. Parking is easy on Bennett or Ewing, but pay attention to street cleaning days, Thursdays and Fridays, when parking is on alternate sides of the street and police hand out tickets.
Northwestern University Campus - Evanston
The campus has an extensive lakefront as well as wooded and shrubby interior areas, with many large oak trees. A variety of species can be seen throughout the year. Peregrine falcons nest nearby on the Evanston Public Library and can sometimes be spotted on campus.
Directions: Enter the university at Arts Circle Drive and Sheridan Road, just north of Evanston's Clark St. Beach. Parking is available to the public on weekends and after 4 pm on weekdays. A parking garage is under construction at this intersection on the south end of campus. Parking is currently available in the adjacent parking lot.
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