Annual Spring Gathering

2023 Spring Gathering
May 19-21, 2023
McHenry County

Sponsored by Illinois Audubon Society
Co-hosted by McHenry County Audubon
Field Trips Guided by Red Hill Birding

Registration Opens February 15, 2023
Deadline April 4, 2023

Join us for the 2023 Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering co-hosted by the McHenry County Audubon Society with field trips by Red Hill Birding. Enjoy a Friday night social at a local brewery,  reconnect with friends at the banquet Saturday night and place a winning bid on an amazing auction item. Register here, fill in your contact information, select your meals and field trips, and you are on your way to experience great spring birding in the northeast corner of the state.


Saturday afternoon field trip, Silent Auction, Saturday night program and banquet will be held at:
Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (LUREC)
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, Illinois 60098

Spring Gathering 2023 Lodging:  a limited number of rooms will be available at LUREC and can be reserved with your online registration. $115 single occupancy, $95 double occupancy.


Saturday Night Program
Birds of Belize and A Natural History
Rev. Stephen Mitten, S.J., MS
Director of Undergraduate Research at LUREC
Conservation Biology, Tropical Ecology, Ornithology

Rev. Mitten will discuss the natural history of Belize, various ecosystems, the indicator birds of those areas and the history of bird conservation. From 2005-2023, Rev. Mitten lived in Belize where he started the environmental science program at St. John’ s Junior College and trained many of the first generation ecotourist guides.

Rev. Stephen Mitten, S.J. serves as the Spiritual Director and resident Ecology Faculty at LUREC within the School of Environmental Sustainability. Mitten earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Northern Illinois University in 1979, an MDiv from the Jesuit School of Theology-Berkeley in 1991 and an MS in 2004 in Tropical Ecology and a Graduate Certificate in Tropical Biology and Conservation in 2005 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center.

Sandhill crane photo by member Joe Norton