Moraine Hills & McHenry Dam (Saturday 7:00 – 11:30 a.m.)


Nestled in on the Fox River, Moraine Hills can be an exciting location for spring migrants and breeders.  McHenry Dam itself can hold migrant waterfowl and the passing osprey, but we will especially be on the lookout for migrants like olive-sided flycatcher, Philadelphia vireo, and bay-breasted warbler.  We will also be looking for specialized breeders like prothonotary warbler.  If shorebird habitat is present, migrants like least and semipalmated sandpiper could be around, as well as more difficult species like stilt sandpiper.  We will be birding on well-graded trails and relatively flat terrain.  If there is recent rain, some trails could be muddy. Expect around two miles of hiking at a leisurely, birder’s pace, as well as some driving between birding locations. Maximum group size is 15.  Cost of trip includes lunch, program and guided hikes at Volo Bog.


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