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Event Calendar

Big Day – Bird Hike Challenge

Event Information

Date: Tuesday, 04/03/2018

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Fee: Free!

Age: Ages 18 or older

Contact Phone: 708.946.2216



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Event Details

Join our “Big Day – Bird Hike Challenge” and get rewarded for birding in the preserves. A “Big Day” in birding is when birders challenge themselves to birdwatch for a 24-hour period and try to find and count as many species as they can within that timeframe. Spring migration presents an outstanding opportunity for your own “Big Day,” or to set your own personal best number of species found on a hike. To make your day even better, enter a drawing for a chance to win a pair of high-quality binoculars valued at more than $200! You don’t have to be an experienced birder to participate, just interested in birds and learning more about them.

Pick up a bird checklist and entry form at Plum Creek Nature Center or Monee Reservoir and bird any of the following preserves: Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Hickory Creek Preserve, Messenger Marsh, Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, Monee Reservoir and Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve.

Hike any of the listed preserves, count and record all of the birds you see on the checklist, and turn it into Plum Creek Nature Center Tuesday, April 3-Friday, August 17 to be entered in the drawing. Submit a form each time you go birding so the more often you bird, the greater chance you have to win!

Also, attend one of the Forest Preserve’s upcoming “Morning Bird Hikes” and be automatically entered in the drawing. The prize winner’s name will be drawn at the “Hummingbird Festival & Nature Celebration” on August 18 at Goodenow Grove.

Hours for the program vary:
Tuesday-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Noon-4 p.m.; Monday, Closed

Event Requirements

No registration required.

Forest Preserve trails have varied distances, and surfaces range from paved to crushed limestone to natural surface. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering, or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.

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