Birding Between 3 Rivers

Join storyteller and naturalist Brian “Fox” Ellis in this well-balanced blend of bird watching and history, culture and ecology. The trip is based at the Twinflower Inn in Bishop Hill, Illinois, a pre-Civil War hospital turned bed and breakfast, known for its hearty farm-to-fork meals. This trip is active, with easy to moderate hiking and flat water canoeing.

This is an all-inclusive adventure. Double occupancy is $450 per person, and single occupancy is $495. The fee includes guide services, ground transportation, two dinners, two breakfasts, and two lunches. Every room at the Twinflower has a king-sized bed, a private bath and is decorated with Audubon’s gorgeous birds. Three of the rooms have two beds if you want to bring a friend to share the room. One room even has three beds if you want two roommates and a $25 per person discount. Depending on occupancy, we are limiting this trip to 6 -10 folks.

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Tuesday, May 10: 
Check-in between noon and two
2:00 Walking Tour of Bishop Hill
4:00 Free time to settle in
6:00 Dinner at The Commons
7:00 An Evening with John James Audubon

Wednesday, May 11:
7:00 Breakfast
7:30 Depart for Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin-Hopper; with possible stops at The Sun Foundation, Marshall and Woodford County Conservation Districts
12:00 Lunch at Jonah’s Seafood, East Peoria
1:30 Chillicothe Bottoms; possible stops at Banner Marsh or Rice Lake
5:00 Picnic Supper at Emiquon
Evening Canoe tour of the Wetlands

Thursday, May 12:
7:00 Breakfast and
Early departure for Canoeing the Rock River, then hiking to the Mississippi River with possible stops at Loud Thunder & Andalucia Slough after lunch.
Back in Bishop Hill mid-afternoon

Our host is Brian “Fox” Ellis, an internationally renown storyteller, author and naturalist. He portrays John James Audubon and has been a featured speaker at birding festivals, nature centers, and science conferences across the country. He coordinated the effort to research and write, then managed the publication of the Illinois River Road Birding Map. He also works tirelessly towards prairie and wetland restoration, and reforestation all across Central Illinois.

To make reservations contact Fox at: 309-696-1017 or e-mail:

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Date: May 10-12, 2022 Time: See itinerary