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.