Scholarship Fundraising Campaign

Sand Bluff Bird Observatory will be providing three $500 scholarships through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) to graduating high school seniors and college students who are pursuing a program in environmental or conservation studies.

Please help us reach our fundraising goal to be able to offer these three scholarships by contributing to the Scholarship fund.

See the Support Us page under the About tab to donate or click here to donate directly through the CFNIL site.


Mar 2 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Net Raising at Sand Bluff Bird Observatory: Saturday, March 2 from 8 am-12 pm, weather permitting. We will be raising the mist nets for our spring research. We will be re-opening the station and preparing[...]


Sand Bluff Birder – December 2023

Sand Bluff’s fall migration season has come to an end. This year has been exceptional for both spring and fall. Spring numbers of 1,860 new birds and Fall’s 3,087 gave us a total of 4,947 new birds for the year and add in 1,469 retraps gave us a grand total of 6,416...

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Sand Bluff Birder – August 2023

Spring banding season has come and gone, and it seems to go so fast. The 2023 Spring season was better with the increased number of captured birds, 1860 compared to 1708 in 2022. Each year we are asked several times as to the status of birds migrating back to the...

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Sand Bluff Birder – March 2023

Every banding season the question is, “What returns have we received of birds we banded in past seasons?” 2022 was a year with several migrants that returned to the Sand Bluff area. In birds that we recaptured, most notable, was an Eastern Kingbird caught in the...

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We visited a week ago. My daughter was fortunate enough to release a blue winged warbler after it was banded. She is still talking about it as well as other birds she sees. The work done at the observatory is life changing in a very positive way. Keep up the great work.
Carly S.

Sand Bluff Bird Observatiory is my favorite place to hike and go bird watching anytime of the year. I especially love the banding station where you can see volunteers band many different species of birds. Some are rarely seen in the wild. Like Owls and whippoorwills. Banding starts in March and continues through the summer and fall and ends sometime in November.
Marie P.

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