Archive | August, 2017

August 26: Community Stewardship Workday at 9:00am

17 Aug

Come out to Rainbow Beach Dunes on Saturday August 26 at 9:00 am to take a nature walk, clean up the nature area, and join birders from around Chicago!

Rainbow Beach Dunes and all of Rainbow Beach Park support permanent resident birds, as well as migrants throughout the year. All the work we do to improve the quality of the habitat makes it even more appealing for our animal friends.

As part of “Give Back to Birds Work Day,” birders from around Chicago will join us at 9am for stewardship work at the Dunes. If you want the chance to see migrants on their way through the Lake Michigan Flyway on an early morning bird walk, meet in the east parking lot at 7am! More details about this event here.

  • Early morning birdwalk with veteran birders Christine Williamson, Geoff Williamson, and Dave Willard begins at 7:00. More details here.
  • Community stewardship workday on Saturday August 26 from 9am-11am. Please note the earlier start time for the workday.
  • Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: it could be cool and wet, or sunny and warm! Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellent, and water are recommended. Tools, equipment, and snacks will be provided.
  • Please RSVP for the workday here. Questions? Contact co-stewards Alison Anastasio ( or Jen Raber (

Want to support the Rainbow Beach Park community and learn about all kinds of events and programs in the Park? Join the Rainbow Beach Park Advisory Council, attend a meeting on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30, and certainly visit their Facebook page to learn more.

**Mark your calendars!**
Remaining 2017 community stewardship workdays at RBD:
Saturday September 23, 10am-12pm
Saturday October 28, 10am-12pm


Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.

  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end, from Hwy 41 at Farragut.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the far right corner of the parking lot farthest from the field house at the entrance to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!

Find directions and a map here.


Follow up: July 22 workday

1 Aug

A small but mighty group of volunteers removed five bags full of sweet clover and other weedy invaders. It was a beautiful day and we remain so pleased with our efforts – just a few years ago sweet clover was a pernicious invader throughout the entire nature area. Now it takes only a few volunteers to spot check a few times a year to maintain a relatively sweet-clover-free zone (despite nearby source populations in the millions). This is success in urban land management!


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