DuPage Birding Club Field Trips

November Field Trips

Look here for any last-minute changes.

Sunday November 17, 8:00 am

McKee Marsh, Warrenville

Join another morning walk to the marsh to look for late migrants and winter  residents. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. Meet at the visitor  parking lot on the north side of Mack Rd., located between Winfield Rd. and Rt. 59 in Warrenville. Most of our walk will be on Preserve limestone and earthen trails; wear appropriate shoes and clothing.

Leaders: Steve and Kathy Mineck, day of: 630-254-4077,

Sunday, November 24, 7:30 am

Elsen's Hill - West DuPage Woods, Winfield

This is a morning trip of an hour or two followed by coffee, tea, pastries, and feeder watching at Mark and Pam's. We will target late fall migrants and winter residents. We'll meet at Elsen's Hill parking lot. Take Winfield Rd. to Gary’s Mill Rd. Go west on Gary’s Mill Rd. to the preserve parking lot entrance on the north side of the road. Dress for the weather, the trails are often muddy. 

Leader: Mark Bavetz,

Saturday, November 30, 7:30 am
Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Here is a chance to walk off that turkey dinner while not venturing too far from home.
We will check out several sites and habitats in the Arboretum. Let’s all meet at the far
northwest corner of the main parking lot. We will visit several sites in the Arboretum.
When we finish, we can get a cup of coffee at the Visitors Center. The Arboretum has  a per person charge for nonmembers of $14 for adults, $12 for senior over 65 and $9 for children. Note: the Arboretum does not open its gates until 7:00 am
Leaders: Bob and Jean Spitzer, 630-790-4842,,, (birding day cell: 630-222-3307)

Other Year-round Birding Opportunities: For additional birding opportunities check out the Illinois Birding Calendar at 

Downy Woodpecker – Morton Arboretum (Photography by Kristine N. Hlava)

The coming months are the time to see late fall and early winter birds.   We are offering a variety of field trips, including mid-week trips. There are opportunities for all types of birders to participate and enjoy the season. There is special support for new birders on some trips. 


Situations can sometimes change, please check our DBC website for the latest status information. Participants are welcome to contact the leader if they have any questions. Our field trip leaders can help you find the trip’s starting location if you need additional directions.


Field Trip Participants: Participants, please remember that the weather can be variable, and trails can be muddy, slippery, or even snow covered, so dress accordingly. Also, depending on weather, bring protection for biting insects, ticks, sun, rain, or winter cold. We expect everyone to enjoy birding in a safe manner. Email us if you have any questions about the trips. There is no need to register for trips unless otherwise indicated. Visitors are always welcome! We do not charge fees for birding trips.


Field Trip Coordinators:

Jessica Becker and Kathy Mineck Contact them if you have questions or if you would like to lead a trip. Leaders do not have to be birding experts, just familiar with the location.


Field Trip Guidelines: To help our field trip leaders provide a positive and enjoyable experience for both themselves and field trip participants, the Field Trip Coordinators have compiled a Field Trip Leaders Guidelines document. We hope these guidelines will provide useful information and answer questions on leading field trips.


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Downy Woodpecker – Morton Arboretum (Photography by Kristine N. Hlava)