Spring Bird Spotting with Wendy Paulson


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Spring has sprung and it’s time to explore nature and discover wildlife with naturalist Wendy Paulson during her series of spring bird walks and hikes. Wendy authors Birds of Barrington, a monthly series at 365Barrington.com, and says all are welcome to join her as she shares details about many of the beautiful birds that live in the Barrington area.

Wendy leads a series of Barrington area bird hikes each spring and fall Cosponsored by Audubon Chicago Region and Citizens for Conservation. Walks are free and open to the public though space is limited and RSVPs are required. Good walking shoes are strongly recommended for these walks and don’t forget your binoculars!

Here’s the schedule of upcoming walks:

  • April 4, 8 a.m.
    Beese Park (Meet at Beese Park, east end of Cornell Avenue)
  • April 11, 8 a.m.
    Beese Park (as above)
  • May 6, 7:30 a.m.
    Baker’s Lake (parking lot on Highland Ave. south of Hillside Ave.)
  • May 16, 7:30 a.m.
    Beverly Lake* (parking lot on north side of Higgins Rd/Rt. 72 west of Sutton Rd.)
  • May 23, 7:30 a.m.
    Baker’s Lake (as above)
  • May 31, 7:00 a.m.
    Galloping Hill* (meet at Penny Road Pond parking lot, less than a mile west of Old Sutton/Penny Rd intersection)
  • June 10, 7:00 a.m.
    Headwaters* (parking lot on Wichman Rd. off north side of Rt. 72; ½ mile west of Rt. 59)
  • June 17, 7:00 a.m.
    Galloping Hill* (as above)
  • June 19, 5:00 p.m.
    Longmeadow* (north side of Longmeadow Dr. off Bateman Rd)

* indicates a more strenuous hike

Please RSVP to: Daniel Jacobson (312) 453-0230, Extension 2002 or djacobson@audubon.org and let them know how best to contact you should that be necessary. Before you head out, check the Citizens for Conservation website for last minute changes or cancellations.


About the Author

Wendy Paulson has lived in Barrington Hills since 1975, and has led bird walks in the area for many years. She re-established the Nature Lady program in the Barrington 220 school district and St. Anne’s in the late 70s, under the auspices of The Garden Club and Little Garden Club of Barrington. Wendy developed the education program for Citizens for Conservation, initiated and edited its newsletter, and has been an active volunteer with CFC for over 30 years.

Wendy Paulson
Wendy Paulson

During interludes in New York City and Washington, DC, Wendy taught classes about birds in the public schools and is helping to develop a similar program in Chicago public schools with Openlands. She is chairman of The Bobolink Foundation, serves on the board or advisory committee of multiple conservation and bird-related organizations, both domestic and international, and is former chairman of IL and NY chapters of The Nature Conservancy.

Wendy and her husband Hank have two grown children and are avid hikers, cyclists, and kayakers.

Do you have any questions for Wendy about birds you’ve spotted in the Barrington area? If so, Just ask Wendy via the comments box below.

CLICK HERE to explore all of the local bird profiles featured in Wendy’s monthly Birds of Barrington series at 365Barrington.com.


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