Birding the Great Confluence in Southwestern Illinois

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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.  Join us as we tour the Nature Institute and Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

The Nature Institute has been managing more than 450 acres of land along the Mississippi River floodplain for over 40 years. Many miles of trails wander through a variety of floodplain habitats. Nearby, 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. Over 8.5 miles of trails meander through the sanctuary which provide viewing opportunities of many of these species.

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 waterfowl species, but please be prepared to carry your gear and other necessary items as needed.

Trip Leaders: Matt Hayes and Brian “Fox” Ellis
Cost of trip includes lunch, snacks and water
Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 15
Cost: $40


Date: March 2, 2024 Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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