Kane County Audubon, the local chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society, is hosting a number of bird walks and nature hikes in December and early January. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles and schedules outings on Saturdays throughout the year.
On Dec. 1, join the group for a bird walk at 8 a.m. at Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve on Nelson Lake Road. The monthly event is a leisurely walk to observe birds and nature.
Spend the entire day on Dec. 15 outdoors for the annual Christmas Bird Count at the “Fermilab Circle” in Batavia. Teams search for different species in designated areas in and around Fermilab. Groups can refer to data from previous years’ walks and compare with them with the current walk.
The group hosts another bird walk at 8 a.m. on Dec. 22 at the west side of the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, as well as a second all-day Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 29 at Rutland Circle in Rutland Township. Teams will search for species and keep track of bird numbers and locations to compare with previous years.
Kick off the new year with the First of the Year bird walk at Hickory Knolls Natural Area in St. Charles at 9 a.m. on Jan. 1, followed by lunch at Rookies Sports Bar & Grill.
For more information about Kane County Audubon and the events, visit www.kanecountyaudubon.org.