Birding from Boats - SOLD OUT

Tags: Attend, Urban Canoe Adventures, CREW opportunities, Ticketed events, River education, and Canoe Program

Chicago Ornithological Society and Friends of the Chicago River has teamed up to offer a new way to experience the magic of migration like never before! Join the President of COS and FOCR's expert canoe guides for birding by boats down the Chicago River in search of migrant warblers, waterfowl, swallows, and much more. Enjoy birds on the river in a whole new way as wildlife often only seen from afar, can be encountered up close in the low canopies and shorelines of the wild Chicago River. Whether you've never paddled before, or it's one of your life's passion to get on the water as much as possible, you'll sure to enjoy your paddling experience with Friends.


Trips are three hours long, rain or shine! Friends’ canoe guides will help you safely load in and out of the boats, offer paddling instruction and answer questions. We provide boats, paddles, life jackets, and canoe guides for this unforgettable experience. Bring personal items like sunscreen, sunglasses, water, cameras, etc. Our recommended age for paddlers is 10 years and older. Younger river lovers are welcome to sit in the center of the canoes and enjoy the experience with their families.

Register HERE!

Photo by Friend Matt Greenberger