DuPage Birding Club Field Trips

January Field Trips

Look here for any changes or cancellations.

Sunday, January 12, 2:00 pm DATE CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER 

Goose Lake Prairie State Park and surrounding areas

Join Bob Fisher and check various locations for raptors, gulls, waterfowl and owls. Meet at the McDonalds in Coal City at the SE corner of Hwy 113 and Broadway. Dress warmly since we will likely be standing in one exposed location as the sun sets.

Pre-registration is required; limit 15.

Trip may be cancelled in the event of bad weather. Contact Bob to register.

Leader: Bob Fisher,

Friday, January 17, 8:00 am

Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, Oak Brook

This will be a walk for new birders. We will walk slowly and allow time for all to look at the birds. We will walk along the Salt Creek in the lowland woods with good habitat for birds. Meet at the main parking lot on Spring Rd. in Oak Brook.

Leader: Nancy Allured,

Sunday, January 19, 8:00 am

Des Plaines River Tour

Meet in the west parking lot for Waterfall Glen FP, Lemont Rd. and 101st St. We can carpool from there. We will travel downstream along the Des Plaines River looking for waterfowl. The trip will end in the Channahon area. We will stop for lunch along the way. A scope would be helpful, but not necessary. Hope to be back mid-afternoon.

Leader: Jeff Smith, 331-481-3362,


Saturday, January 25, 8:00 am

Elsen’s Hill/West DuPage Woods, Winfield

This location has the designation of “Important Bird Area.” 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. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and boots for muddy trails.

Leader: Mark Bavetz,


Sunday, January 26, 8:00 am

McKee Marsh, Winfield

This site remains one of DuPage County’s premier birding spots. Walk around the marsh with us to check out winter birds. Meet at the visitor parking lot on the north side of Mack Road (Mack is south of Roosevelt and north of Butterfield), located between Winfield Road and Rte. 59 in Warrenville.

Leaders: Kathy and Steve Mineck,

cell day of: 630-254-4077

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)

This month is the time to see winter birds, especially waterfowl, raptors and owls, and many other species are only seen this time of year.    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)