West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

Observe Birds on Early Morning Guided Walks


If you are an early bird and want to see, hear and identify birds, our morning guided walks are just for you. Your opportunity to see the largest variety of birds is during peak migration season, March through May. And don’t forget your binoculars, if you have them. We'll share some of ours, if you don't. 

Please meet us at the front entrance as follows:

  • Saturday, April 7 at 8 a.m. -- Led by Josh Enel from Red Hill Birding
  • Saturday, April 21 at 8 a.m. -- Earth Day walk led by our Jeff Wade
  • Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 a.m. -- Led by Jill Niland, Chicago Ornithological Society
  • Sunday, May 13 at 8 a.m. -- Led by Lisa Maler, McHenry County Audubon Society
  • Sunday, June 3 at 8: a.m. -- Led by Jeff Aufmann -- McHenry County Audubon Society

On one of last season's spring walks, birders saw 57 different species,  including some not yet recorded in the preserve. These included Orchard Orioles and Bay-breasted Warblers. We also have nesting Green Herons, Eastern Bluebirds and Northern Flickers (among others) l. To keep up with the latest observations in the preserve, see the “Hotspot” listing on ebird.org. Here’s the link: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L3921197.

For more information, contact Jeff Wade at [email protected]

Great Blue Heron
Eastern Kingbird
Indigo Bunting