BIG DAY: Kankakee Sands

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This bi-state Big Day Adventure begins in pre-dawn darkness, listening to whip-poor-wills sing in the Iroquois County Conservation Area, visits to a variety of top birding sites straddling the Illinois/Indiana state line and finally working our way north to Chicago.

We will visit woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands to maximize our species count during the highest bird diversity week of the entire year. Besides loads of migrants (maybe 25 or more species of warblers), we could find a variety of other interesting birds like lark sparrow, barred owl, northern bobwhite, Bell’s vireo, pileated woodpecker, Henslow’s sparrow and monk parakeet.

The group will meet at 3:45 am in the Casey’s parking lot in St. Anne (about 15-miles southeast of Kankakee) then will caravan to Iroquois County Conservation Area to start the Big Day. The trip will finish up in the Calumet area of the south side of Chicago in the mid-afternoon.

Field Trip Leader:  Josh Engel, Red Hill Birding
Cost of trip includes water and snacks. Lunch and extra meals will be the responsibility of the registrants and we will make several stops along the way for food and bathroom breaks.
Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 8
Cost: $95

Whip-poor-will photo by Greg DeBois (Will County Audubon Society)


Date: May 22, 2022 Time: 3:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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