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Birding Areas

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Birding areas are plentiful in Chicago parks, and they include North Park Village Nature Center, Lincoln Park, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary and Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary to name a few. These areas have a great variety of native plants that provide food and shelter for many birds. Grab your binoculars in spring and fall, which is peak migratory season and best time to see the greatest variety of birds as they pass through Chicago.  In 2007, Chicago's lakefront was designated by the National Audobon Society as an Important Birding Area (IBA). IBA designees provide habitat essential for breeding, feeding, wintering or migration of one or more species of birds.

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PARK NAMEADDRESSDESCRIPTORQTYNOTES
Burnham Park2400 S. Lake Shore Dr. 1McCormick Bird Sanctuary
Columbus Park500 S. Central Ave. 1Columbus Bird Sanctuary
Humboldt Park1440 N. Sacremento Ave. 1 
Jackson Park63rd St. & Lake Michigan 163rd Street Beach
Lincoln Park3550 N. Lake Shore Drive 1Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Lincoln ParkBetween Ardmore Ave. & Hollywood Ave. at Lake Michigan 1Kathy Osterman Beach
Lincoln ParkMontrose Ave. & Lake Michigan 1Montrose Point
North Park Village Nature Center5801 N. Pulaski Rd. 1 
Northerly Island1400 S. Linn White Drive 1 
South Shore Cultural Center7059 S. South Shore Drive 1South Shore Bird Santuary