Illinois River Valley: Emiquon & Lake Chautauqua

Red Hill Birding and Illinois Audubon Society are pleased to offer a joint field trip 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 the ins and outs of shorebird identification with an expert guide.

We will search through the many pectoral sandpipers, lesser yellowlegs, and killdeer and for less common birds like Baird’s, buff-breasted, 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 breakfast on September 11 through breakfast on September 12; and an expert guide from Red Hill Birding.

The trip will start on Friday night with orientation and owling, and will finish in the late morning on Sunday. In a nod to coronavirus, this is a self-driving trip. We will eat all meals outside.

Field Trip Leader: Josh Engel, Red Hill Birding
Cost: $450/person sharing; $550 in a single room
Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 8

Register HERE thru Red Hill Birding

When:

Date: September 10 to 12, 2021