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This page last updated Friday, October 25, 2019

During weekends in October, Stillman will host four different bird activities. From our Big Sit to the ever-popular Raptor Sunday, there will be something for bird students of all ages. So, depending on the day, bring your binoculars, camera, or just your curiosity and our expert guides will help you celebrate Stillman’s sixth annual OktoBIRDfest!                                              Download the entire month’s events here


We’re happy to once again host the "Lazy Birder's" field trip. No walking is required. We will sit by the lake and let the birds come to us. Bring a folding chair, if you like.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

Time: 8:00 AM until noon

Age: 10 years and up

Fee: None


Watch Mark Spreyer (a licensed bird bander) measure, weigh and record data about our resident and migratory birds. Catching birds is not always predictable, so come prepared to hike the trails. If it’s raining, the activity will be canceled.

Did you know the German ornithologist Johannes Thienemann pioneered bird banding and established the world’s first bird observatory?

Date:   Sunday, Oct. 12                                

Time:  9:00 AM to Noon

Fee:    None

(Banded warbler photo by Karen Lund)


Mark Spreyer will lead a morning bird walk. Binoculars and field guides are a must. If you don’t have any, don’t worry, Stillman does. Those who join us for this walk wearing lederhosen will receive a year’s free membership to Stillman nature center.  Please call 847-428-OWLS to make reservations.

Date:   Sunday, Oct. 13

Time:  8:00AM

Fee:    None

Age:   10 years and up

(Eastern Bluebird by Peter Schwarz)


Now’s your chance to meet the great horned, barred, barn and screech owls. Stillman staff will also present a peregrine falcon, broad-winged hawk, and red-shouldered hawk. We will bring the birds out so you can see them up close. Kids will have a chance to dissect owl pellets. Bring a camera and a friend! Drop by anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon.

Date:  Sunday, Oct. 20

Time:  1:00 - 3:00 PM

Fee:   $10/car


OctoBIRDfest is back!! Check link on Navigation pane to see full list of events