Rock River Hill Country Birding Adventure FULL

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Travel by van through Lee and Ogle Counties in north-central Illinois which lie along the junction of the Rock River Hill Country and Grand Prairie Natural Divisions. This junction offers a variety of forested, woodland and prairie habitats.

The trip will begin at the Ruth Edwards Nature Center at Lowell Park near Dixon, Illinois, home to breeding Cerulean and Yellow-throated Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireo, Acadian Flycatcher and other woodland birds.

Next stop is Nachusa Grasslands with a species list at 246 and counting. Possibilities include: Blue Grosbeak, Bell’s Vireo, Henslow’s Sparrow, Bobolink and Summer Tanager to name a few. Final stop will be either Franklin Creek State Park (home to Black-billed Cuckoo and Scarlet Tanager) or Lowden-Miller State Forest (where 15 warbler species have been recorded during summer). Decision will depend on recent sightings and group consensus. We will return to the Ruth Edwards Nature Center by 2:00 pm.

NOTE: the van will leave Springfield at 4:00 a.m. Those wishing to leave their cars at IAS HQ and board there may do so.

Trip Leaders: Tom Doig, Matt Hayes (IAS, Assistant to the Executive Director)
Cost of trip includes transportation by van, lunch, snacks, and water
Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 12
Cost: $60

Henslow sparrow photo by Bob Andrini

When:

Date: May 25, 2024 Time: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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