Hello again, fellow roadies! Are you enjoying your winter so far? We know that most people simply assume there aren’t any activities worth noting along Route 66 this far north between November and May, but you’d be wrong. Just as there are interesting winter festivals and things off the route, so there are fun winter activities on the route – even in the greater Chicago area.
My co-author and fellow blogger Joe Kubal is an avid birdwatcher. Those of you who are into birding and/or nature walks know that many birdwatchers go out regardless of the season and, sometimes, regardless of the weather. There’s much to see in Chicagoland where bird watching is concerned: try Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden in downtown Chicago; paths along the Des Plaines River and Salt Creek in suburban Lyons and Riverside; the forest preserves near the Chicago Portage National Historic Site in Forest View; or the trails in Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve surrounding Argonne National Laboratory near Darien. Beyond the Chicago parks and the forest preserves of Cook and DuPage counties, however, there are many opportunities for birding in Will County, too. I’ll let Joe tell you about his most recent trip. And before I forget, special thanks to Joe’s birding colleague Sid Padgaonkar for most of the photos here; unless otherwise noted, they’re Sid’s copyright 2015 (all rights reserved). Take it away, Joe!
Hi there, readers! When I’m not working with my co-authors on our upcoming Route 66 book, I participate in a lot of clubs and organizations – the Illinois Geographical Society (IGS), the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI), the Knights of Columbus, and the Route 66 Association of Illinois (of course), just to name a few. Occasionally, the interests of one group overlap with that of another. In this case, my love of birding coincides with my love of all things Route 66.
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