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Cook County Bird Of The Month: The Timberdoodle

Throughout 2016, the Forest Preserves of Cook County invites visitors to see some of the most interesting native and migrating birds in the preserves.

Each month during the Forest Preserves' 2016 Bird the Preserves initiative, a new bird will be highlighted. Visitors will have the opportunity to spot the bird of the month at an event or program, and learn what makes that bird so special. The March Bird of the Month is the timberdoodle, also known as the American woodcock.




To see the March Bird of the Month, check out these great events:

Timberdoodle Trek
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 6:30 pm
Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills


Woodcock Walk*
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:15 pm
Wayside Woods, 8874 Lehigh Ave, Morton Grove
*Hosted by the Chicago Audubon Society


Big Year Woodcock Watch*
Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 6:30 pm
Wolf Road Prairie, 11264 31st St, Westchester
*Hosted by the Chicago Audubon Society


Timberdoodle Trek
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 6:45 pm
Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd, Barrington Hills


In addition to learning about the featured Bird of the Month and enjoying birding programs and events, birders of all skill levels can explore the preserves with teams competing in the Forest Preserves' Big Year birding competition.

During the Big Year competition, the preserves compete instead of the people. Participants will visit their team's preserve and log all bird sightings in eBird, an online birding checklist program. All are welcome to join these searches and binoculars will be available for loan.

The competition runs from March 1 to Dec. 31, and is a great way to challenge yourself and explore a local preserve, make new friends and experience what birding is all about.

To learn more about the Big Year competition, visit


On May 7, each of the Forest Preserves' six nature centers will be hosting The Big Sit. Visitors can join in at any time between 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see how many birds can be heard or spotted from within a 17-foot circle. Citizen science events like The Big Sit can help ecologists make better decisions about the conservation of bird habitat.


Previously: Experience Birding In The Cook County Forest Preserves!


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Posted on March 14, 2016

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