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Field Trip - Birding the Illinois River Valley

Sunday, Sep 8, 2019

805 S Main St
Lewistown, IL 61542

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 songbird. 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 Sandpiper, 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 6 through breakfast on September 8; transportation in a group van all day on September 7 and on the morning of September 8; an expert guide from Red Hill Birding; and all entrance fees. The trip will begin with a group dinner on September 6 and will end at the hotel at 11am on September 8.

Field Trip Leader: Josh Engel, Red Hill Birding

Cost: $490/person sharing; $590 in a single room
Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 12 people

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