UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Aug 4 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Net Raising at Sand Bluff Bird Observatory: Saturday, August 4th from 7am-11am We will be raising the mist nets for our fall research. We will be re-opening the station and preparing for the fall bird[...]
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday Oct. 19th 7-11pm Saturday Oct. 20th 7-11pm Friday, Oct. 26th 7-11pm Please join us for an educational program about owls during the peak Saw-whet Owl migration in October. Learn about the research Sand Bluff[...]
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday Oct. 19th 7-11pm Saturday Oct. 20th 7-11pm Friday, Oct. 26th 7-11pm Please join us for an educational program about owls during the peak Saw-whet Owl migration in October. Learn about the research Sand Bluff[...]
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday Oct. 19th 7-11pm Saturday Oct. 20th 7-11pm Friday, Oct. 26th 7-11pm Please join us for an educational program about owls during the peak Saw-whet Owl migration in October. Learn about the research Sand Bluff[...]
Nov 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
We will be rolling the mist nets we use to capture the wild migratory birds for storage during the winter. We will also be winterizing the station. No experience is necessary to help us close[...]

NEWS FROM SAND BLUFF

 

Tips For Visitors to Sand Bluff Bird Observatory

The banding station is operated entirely by volunteers who band, serve as guides for visitors and present educational programs for various groups. Although Sand Bluff is primarily a research facility, visitors are always welcome to come watch our operation and share...

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Birdfest 2018 Set for May 12-13

Birdfest 2018 will be May 12 and 13. We will have live bird banding, nature hikes, kids activities, presentations from Illinois Young Birders, a food tend, gift shop, silent auction and more! Learn about wild migrating birds, bird research, conservation biology, and...

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Brewster’s Warbler: a hybrid warbler captured and tagged

And Whoosh! The migrating birds return! A strong south wind sent many beautiful birds into our area these last few days. Today our volunteers were able to capture this beautiful Brewster's Warbler: a hybrid warbler (a golden winged warbler and a blue warbler made at...

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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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