They may have evolved to make the trip, but migratory birds are still tired after flying for thousands of miles. As a major stopover for roughly 300 species of birds, Chicago’s lakeshore can be a good place to rest.
Building off similar work east along the waterfront, the Chicago Park District will restore native habitat for migratory songbirds along a 2.2 mile strip of land sandwiched by railroad tracks and Lake Shore Drive between 31st and 47th Streets.
The Park District is calling the 103-acre parcel the Burnham Wildlife Corridor. It includes land east of Lake Shore Drive, where restoration is already underway.
Shirlee and Douglas Hoffman, both retirees, live on 32nd Street, just steps from the proposed site. The Hoffmans said they have seen more kestrels, hawks and warblers than ever before since work began on the corridor several years ago.
“We can really notice the difference so far,” Shirlee Hoffman said. “And we’re hoping that this will continue that work.”
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