Floodplains house a variety of habitats including prairie, wetland, open water, and bottomland forest. These many habitats house a variety of bird species including numerous songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors during winter and spring migration.
The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (managed by National Audubon Society) is 3,700 acres of prairie, wetland, open water, and bottomland forest at the junction of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in southwest Illinois. Over 8.5 miles of trails meander through the sanctuary which provide viewing opportunities of many of these species. Nearby Columbia Bottom Conservation Area has over 4,300 acres of floodplain forest, prairie, and wetland. Trails are paved, level, and accessible to a variety of mobility ranges.
Van transportation is included. There are two pickup locations: 7:30 AM at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary (Springfield, Illinois) and 9:00 AM at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. After exploring Riverlands, we will have lunch in Alton and then travel to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. Overall, attendees should prepare to hike around 5-7 miles (for the day) on level ground to identify species. Spotting scopes could be helpful for some species, but please be prepared to carry your gear and other necessary items as needed.
Trip Leaders: Matt Hayes (Assistant to the Executive Director, Illinois Audubon Society)
Cost of trip include lunch, snacks and water
Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 10
Confirmation Notes: If you have questions on accommodations, please contact us.