Great Egrets at Lockport Prairie on a 2007 brown bag hike. Photo by Joyce Flanagan

 
 
Bobbi Asher gives a presentation on Cranes of Siberia at the September 2008 meeting.
 
 
2016-17 WCAS Events
Members and nonmembers welcome
 
 
2016-2017 Season Field Trips (non-members welcome)
We carpool when possible & share cost of gas with $5.00 donation to driver. Maps of meeting location are on WCAS’s website.
 
Please note: Last minute field trip changes are possible. Any such changes will be mentioned at the WCAS Thursday monthly meeting prior. Return times from field trip are approximate.
 
 
Also be sure and check out birding activities statewide courtesy the Illinois Audubon Society.
 

Date

 

Event/Location

Additional Details

 
September 8, 2016
September WCAS Meeting
Prairie Plants Close up, The Hidden World of Flowers and Fruits
September 10, 2016
Field Trip: Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road access, Mokena
Meet at Pilcher Park at 7:30 am. - 1:30 pm.
October 13, 2016
October WCAS Meeting
Grassland Birds of Midewin Tallgrass Prairie
October 15, 2016
Field Trip: Herrick Lake Preserve, Butterfield and Herrick Rd, Wheaton, IL.
Meet at Louis Joliet Macy’s east parking lot, 7:00 am. - 2 pm.
November 10, 2016
November WCAS Meeting
Chimney Swift Tower Project
November 12, 2016
McKinley Woods, Channahon, IL
Meet at Cracker Barrel Restaurant parking lot, 1511 River Boat Center, Joliet, Rt. 80 & Houbolt Rd. 7:00 am. - 2 pm
December - No Meeting
Christmas Bird Count
December field trip is the Christmas bird count. Date will be posted on website or call.
Learn more about the CBC here
January 12, 2017
January WCAS Meeting
Members’ Photo Night, Potluck Dinner and Raffle
January 14, 2017
Willowbrook Wildlife Center; 525 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL
 
Meet at Louis Joliet Macy’s east parking lot 7:45 am. - 2:00 pm.
January 28 & 29, 2017
Illinois Audubon Society presents Bald Eagle Watch Weekend, Starved Rock Lodge, Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and Starved Rock Visitor Center.
Check IAS website for details
February 9, 2017
February WCAS Meeting
Warblers and Biggest Week in American Birding Festival
February 11, 2017
Dresden Lock & Dam and Heideke Lake, Goose Lake
Meet at Cracker Barrel Restaurant Parking Lot, 1511 River Boat Center, Joliet.  Rt. 80 and Houbolt Road, Joliet. 7:30 am. - 1:30 pm.
March 9, 2017
March WCAS Meeting
What Birds Can Tell Us
Conservation Successes and New Insights into Remarkable Bird Behavior
March 11, 2017
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien, IL
Meet at Louis Joliet Macy’s east parking lot 7:00 am.- 1:30 pm
April 13, 2017
April WCAS Meeting
Kirtland Warblers and Their Breeding Grounds
April 15, 2017
Forked Creek Preserve - Forsythe Woods
Entrance. Meet at Cracker Barrel Restaurant parking lot, 1511 River Boat Center, Joliet.  Rt. 80 & Houbolt Rd. 7:00 am. - 1:30 pm
May 11, 2017
May WCAS Meeting
Program TBA
May 13, 2017
Magic Hedge - Best of Chicago Birding
Depart 7am, return approx 2pm from Macy's parking lot eastside, 3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet. I-55 & Rt 30
May 19-21, 2017
IAS Spring Gathering: May 19 May 21, St. Charles, IL - hosted by Kane County Chapter
Learn more here
June 8, 2017
Brown Bag Hike: Rock Run Preserve off Black Rd. 
Meet at pavilion tables. 6:30 - 8:30 pm
July 13, 2017
Brown Bag Hike: Rock Run Rookery Preserve at Rt. 6 & Youngs Road
Meet at pavilion tables. 6:30 - 8:30 pm