Wilmette, IL

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Updated on:
Mon, 2017-05-22 21:51

Bird Walks & Wildflower Tours at Gillson

Bird enthusiasts gather on Sundays throughout May to look for warblers and other colorful visitors who are passing through or setting up house at the lakefront. Walks begin at 8 a.m. Meet at the corner of Lake Street and Michigan Avenue.

The Illinois shoreline juts farthest into Lake Michigan at Gillson Park, making it an excellent spot to observe migrant birds and an important place for their survival as they rest and eat on their long journey north every spring.

Beginners and experienced birders of all ages are welcome. Don’t forget your binoculars and bird books. 

Click here for a list of birds that have been sighted in Gillson Park.

BINOCULARS are available to check out from the Lakeview Center, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. You can check them out on Friday for the weekend! Photo ID required.

Flower Power Sunday May 21
As long as you’re in the park, come see what’s blooming in the Wildflower Garden on Sunday, May 21. Garden enthusiasts meet at the top of Wallace Bowl at 8:30 a.m. to join the Little Garden Club of Wilmette for a tour of the Gillson garden and to learn about native plants that thrive in local yards and gardens. 

Garden tours include a demonstration garden of a “pocket prairie” you can start in your own home. Meet at the top of the Wallace Bowl.