River Trail Nature Center: Birdwatching, Hiking, and Much More

Nature in Chicagoland

IMGP3604Where: 3120 Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062, 847/824-8360, Web

Visited: June 23, 2017 and April 18, 2017

Quick Review: A nature center that features:

  • Beautiful views of the meandering Des Plaines River, great birdwatching, and three easy-to-hike trails through forest and wetlands.
  • Many birds. Yes, I know I just mentioned them, but they’re worth another mention. They are everywhere. A nature center ranger gave me this report: “At the feeders, we regularly get ruby-throated hummingbird, blue jay, red-winged blackbird, mourning dove, house sparrow, woodpeckers (red-bellied, downy, and hairy), Baltimore oriole, cardinal, and Cooper’s hawk. Near the river are Canada goose, mallard, tree swallow. Soaring overhead are red-tailed hawk and turkey vulture. There are also house finch, goldfinch, black-capped chickadee, and white-breasted nuthatch. Besides the regulars, there are more than 96 species recorded here and in the surrounding forest preserve. Happy Birding!”
  • A Noah’s Ark–menagerie of other animals for viewing—from…

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