Bishop Hill was established as a Utopia on the Prairie in 1846. This historical village of 100 people also boast more than 100 species of birds. With the Edwards River winding through ancient timber and restored prairies we have a great diversity of birds. Wood ducks, indigo buntings and bald eagles, ruby crowned kinglets, yellow-billed cuckoo and northern waterthrush, summer tanager, bobwhite quail and dickcissels have all been seen in town!
After our morning bird hike, we will have lunch with John James Audubon as he gives an informal talk on following spring migration. Fox will then lead an afternoon historical tour of the town making the connections between pioneer history and natural history. There will be time at the end of the day to wander, visit museums, and shop.
Our host and guide is Brian Fox Ellis, birder, author, historian and innkeeper. If folks are interested in a room the night before or after the adventure, please make reservations at The Twinflower Inn.
Trip Leader & Host: Brian “Fox” Ellis
Cost of trip includes lunch
Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 12