NCIOS Birding Events

You can download a PDF of this schedule to view/print. Note this only covers Fall 2013.

All meetings except where noted are held at Severson Dells Forest Preserve; 8502 Montague Road, Winnebago, IL 61102 (2 miles west of Meridian Road on Montague Road).

Please Note: Some field trips are now being scheduled on weekdays and Sundays. We have placed most of the scheduled field trips during the spring and fall migration seasons rather than restricting them to one trip each month.


Meeting Fall Gathering and Potluck

Thursday, September 12, 2013, 6:00 PM

Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, IL

Join N.C.I.O.S. members for a potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass & your own plates, etc.) on the screened porch at Severson Dells. Well share summer bird sightings and upcoming programs for the 2013-14 year. Well end with a stroll through the grounds to look for early migrants. Visitors are welcome.

Field Trip Early Fall Migrants

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 8:00 a.m. 12:00 noon, near Oregon, IL

Russ Cline will lead a birding field trip to Lowden-Miller State Forest and Castle Rock. Meet at Parking Lot #4 at Lowden-Miller State Forest at 8:00 a.m. Two hours there, then a short drive to the scenic overlook at Castle Rock, just across the Rock River. Bring a folding chair to watch whats migrating downriver either from the parking lot, or climbing to the top of the stairs. (Wow, what a view that is!) Visitors and people new to birding are welcome to join us!

Download a map of Lowden-Miller State Forest {2.17 MB}


Meeting Adventures in Papua New Guinea

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, IL

Dan and Barbara Williams, long-time naturalists and birding experts, will share their exciting adventures in Papua New Guinea. Barb and Dan have excellent bird photos, but also share many interesting nature facts about the countries they visit to find birds. Visitors and their children are always welcome.

Field Trip Fall Migrants at Nygren Wetlands

Sunday, October 20, 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Nygren Wetland Preserve, west of Rockton, IL

Join Barb and Dan Williams to look for fall passerines and waterfowl. Meet at the platform. We will also do some hiking wear boots. People new to birdwatching are welcome. This is how you learn to use binoculars and telescopes! Questions, call Barbara Williams at 779-537-3352


Meeting - Wintering Birds in This Area

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, IL

John Longhenry will share his excellent photos of wintering birds seen in this area including some late fall migrants, early winter migrants who spend the winter here from much farther north, and wintering birds who live here all year. Also included will be rare birds that have accidently shown-up. You dont want to miss his magnificent photographs and insights he has learned about birds while photographing them! Visitors are always welcome.

Field Trip Finding Late Fall Birds & Early Wintering Birds in Winnebago County

Saturday, November 16, 8:00 a.m. 12:00 noon, Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park, IL

Join NCIOS Vice President, Phil Doncheck, to look for late fall migrants and early wintering birds at Rock Cut State Park. Meet at the Lions Club pavilion at the east end of the park. People new to birdwatching and children are always welcome!


No regular meeting is held in December.

Christmas Bird Counts

Our annual winter bird censuses in Winnebago, Ogle and Boone counties improve our understanding of the populations and problems of birds locally and nationwide. Teams and area assignments will all be organized in advance of the count dates.

Audubon has waived the fee normally collected for Christmas Bird Counts . You are still encouraged to donate to the Christmas Bird Count Program to help defray Audubon Society's data management costs.

New counters and feeder watchers are always welcomed.

Rockford Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14. Northwest Winnebago County.
Contact the compiler, Dan Williams to sign up: 815-979-8335 or email
Sinnissippi Audubon Society is sponsoring a pot luck supper at the Cook House at Lockwood Park on Safford Road, Rockford, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to compile the results and share stories from the day.
Beginners are always welcome and will be paired with more experienced birders.

Kishwaukee Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 21. Southern Winnebago and northern Ogle Counties.
Contact the compiler, Barbara Williams at 979-537-3352 or email
Beginners are always welcome and will be paired with more experienced birders.


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