Birding the Illinois River Valley

Red Hill Birding and Illinois Audubon Society are pleased to offer a joint field trip in the first week of September to Chautauqua and Emiquon National Wildlife Refuges in Central Illinois. This section of the Illinois River Valley is surely the state’s top hotspot for shorebirds. Early September is a fantastic time to study shorebirds as well as to see puddle ducks and migrant songbirds. We will hope for excellent shorebird conditions at the refuges that will allow us to study in the ins and outs of shorebird identification with an expert guide. We will search through the many Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Killdeer for less common birds like Baird’s, Buff-breasted and Stilt Sandpipers, American Golden Plover, and Phalaropes. Some days can net 20 or more species of shorebirds! We’ll also keep an eye out for other migrants like terns, herons and egrets, and southbound warblers.

The trip cost includes two nights at the Big Horse Inn & Suites in Lewistown, Illinois; meals from dinner on September 11 through breakfast on September 13; transportation in a group van all day on September 12 and on the morning of September 13; and an expert guide from Red Hill Birding. The trip will begin with a group dinner on September 11 and will end at the hotel at 11am on September 13.

Field Trip Leader: Josh Engel, Red Hill Birding
Cost: $490/person sharing; $590 in a single room
Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 10 people

Register HERE thru Red Hill Birding


Date: September 11 to 13, 2020