What if we told you that a mesmerizing spectacle awaits when you step out from Optima Lakeview® and head up the lakefront? Don’t take our word for it: see for yourself when you swap city views for bird views at the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, an oasis of wildlife where magic meets feathers.
Often a whispering hub of excited bird watchers, Montrose Point is known endearingly as “The Magic Hedge.” It earned the nickname because a small stretch of low-lying bushes and trees within the sanctuary draws migrating songbirds and rarities. Over 300 species have been recorded, making this spot a birdwatcher’s dream come true!
Settle in and you may spot the Le Conte’s Sparrow — one of North America’s smallest sparrow species — near the dripper on the meadow’s western edge. Or, you might catch sight of the elusive Northern Saw-whet owl amidst clumps of shorter trees and brush. And if you’re having a lucky day, you may see rare wintering gulls like the Black-Tailed Gull. And the list of possibilities goes on.
Since 2001, Chicago has celebrated the sanctuary’s historical significance, when it was transformed into a haven for both birds and humans. You’ll notice recent additions, like a new stone walkway leading down to the beach or the water feature (“the dripper”) offering close-up views of the sanctuary’s winged residents.
Without question, life at Optima Lakeview® is about exceptional urban living. But it’s also a celebration of the rich natural tapestry that surrounds us, and the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary is a testament to that beautiful balance. For more information, click here.