IOS is pleased to announce this year’s Carlyle Lake Field Trip to be held, Saturday, September 10th, 2016. This trip includes the popular three-hour pelagic aboard comfortable pontoon boats.
As in past years, we’ll meet at McDonald’s off IL 127 in Carlyle at 6:30 AM. This is a full-day field trip, ending around 7:30. We’ll begin with a scan of the lake from Dam West Beach before heading to Eldon Hazlet State Park to search for migrant songbirds. We’ll bird the Hazlet area all morning before breaking for lunch. Lunch will be fast food or bring your own. We’ll gather at the Dam West picnic area where we’ll be able to search for more birds from the excellent shade provided.
After lunch, depending on water levels, we’ll search for shorebirds and waders.
The boat trip begins at 3:30 from Dam West Marina. The late afternoon/early evening hours can be excellent for feeding gulls, terns and others. We hope to find SABINE’S GULL which has eluded us on the past 3 field trips! It’s also possible to tally RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, EARED and PIED-BILLED GREBES, 5 or 6 Gull species and potentially any of the 3 JAEGER species!
Bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, mud boots and your hat.
Those planning on staying Saturday night may wish to join us for a group dinner at a nearby restaurant. Recommended hotels are available in Carlyle, Greenville, Salem and Vandalia.
There is a fee associated with this field trip to cover the costs of pontoon rental and gasoline. In addition, $5 per participant goes to the IOS Grants program. The fee is $30 for existing IOS members and $50 for non-IOS members. The $50 fee for non-members registers you for the field trip and also pays for a one-year IOS membership and all the benefits, including 4 issues of the outstanding IOS journal, the Meadowlark.
This field trip is limited to 45 participants with IOS members receiving first priority. Trip registration and payment shall be made through the Pay Pal feature on the IOS website (below) if at all possible. Registration will not be accepted without full payment in advance. The trip leader is not accepting payment or registrations.
Persons not using the website and Pay Pal must promptly register by sending full payment to IOS , P.O. Box 931, Lake Forest, IL 60045 and note that the payment is for “Carlyle Pelagic” AND call or e-mail the trip leader (see below) to notify their payment has been mailed.
This trip is very popular and will fill up fast. IOS will not make refunds but will allow substitutes if you sign up for the trip and cannot attend. It will be your responsibility to notify the trip leader of your substitute. If you cannot provide a substitute, the trip leader will take the 1st name on the waiting list.
If you have any questions about the trip, feel free to contact the trip leader at email@example.com or by phone (618) 560-9450.