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Mar
24
Sat
Young Birders – Booming Prairie Chickens (Trip Full) @ Jasper County Prairie Chicken Sanctuary
Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm

This trip is full. We are no longer taking registrations.

Our overnight trip this year will take us to the Jasper County Greater Prairie-Chicken Sanctuary. We’ll stay in Effingham on Saturday night and rise well before dawn to enter the blinds right on the lek. We’ll have close up views of booming Greater Prairie-Chickens.

Trip limited to young birders, ages 12+. Limited to 12 participants (including adults).

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Mar
25
Sun
LOONAPALOONZA 2018 @ Gale Street Inn
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

David B. Johnson

Fee – $30/IOS Members, $55/Non-members (includes $25 membership fee).
Limited to 24 participants. Please RSVP below.

Veteran “Loon Ranger,” David B. Johnson will lead us around the Chain O’ Lakes area in search of loons in Lake and eastern McHenry counties via a mini-coach bus. We often hear and see loons do a variety of calls and dances, foot flopping, and fish eating on the water on this trip with rafts of 30 or more loons on each lake, staging their migration north to their breeding grounds just after the ice melts on the area’s glacial lakes. Almost all the loons we’ll be viewing are in high alternate breeding plumage sporting white spotted reptilian-like backs, ruby red eyes and white indented necklaces. Of course, we’ll see other waterfowl too. We’ll meet at Diamond Lake at 8am.

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Apr
14
Sat
The Hunt for Smith’s Longspur and Golden-Plovers @ BP - Lexington
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration required

Join Matt Fraker in a search for the elusive Smith’s Longspur.

We will be hiking a private farm that hosted Smith’s Longspurs last year and should have them this year. We have been granted permission to wander the entire property looking for birds. Participants should wear good hiking footwear in case the fields are wet or sloppy. We will also be looking for American Golden-Plovers, Wilson’s Snipe, Le Conte’s Sparrows, and late Lapland Longspurs.

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Apr
16
Mon
Young Birders – Early Spring Migrants @ Shell Gas Station - Momence
Apr 16 @ 7:30 am – 1:00 pm

For ILYB Members and guests only

We’ll search the Kankakee area for Smith’s Longspur, American Golden-Plover, and perhaps early warblers like Louisiana Waterthrush.

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2018 ILLINOIS YOUNG BIRDERS - FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORM
Youth (1):*
Youth (2):
An adult (e.g., parent or guardian) is required to accompany any child under 14 years of age.
Adult:*
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Total Number of Participants:*
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Parental / Guardian Field Trip Consent
By completing this form, I hereby give permission for the named young birder(s) to participate in the field trips of the Illinois Young Birders Club (ILYB), a project of the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS). I assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities of the event and transportation to, from, and during the event. I further release, absolve, indemnify, and hold harmless the Illinois Young Birders Club, the Illinois Ornithological Society, the directors and officers of ILYB and IOS, and all organizers, sponsors, leaders, chaperones, and supervisors of the event. In case of injury, I hereby waive all claims against the parties listed above. I likewise release from responsibility any person transporting my child to, from, and during the scheduled event.

Consent to Use of Photographs
There is a possibility that photos of the named young birder(s) may be taken on our field trips and other activities throughout the year. They may be published in our newsletter, on our website, or a similar publication. By completing this form. you are giving ILYB and IOS consent to publish such photographs. We will never distribute said photos to any third parties.

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May
12
Sat
Spring Migrants in the Palisades @ Mississippi Palisades State Park
May 12 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
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May
20
Sun
Young Birders – Montrose Migration Madness @ Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
May 20 @ 6:30 am – 12:00 pm

For ILYB Members and guests only

Anything can happen along the Chicago lakefront in May. Join us at Montrose in a search for Connecticut Warbler at the peak of their migration.

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2018 ILLINOIS YOUNG BIRDERS - FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORM
Youth (1):*
Youth (2):
An adult (e.g., parent or guardian) is required to accompany any child under 14 years of age.
Adult:*
Relationship to child:*
E-mail:*
Cell Phone:*
-
Total Number of Participants:*
Field Trip (Select all that apply):*

Parental / Guardian Field Trip Consent
By completing this form, I hereby give permission for the named young birder(s) to participate in the field trips of the Illinois Young Birders Club (ILYB), a project of the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS). I assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities of the event and transportation to, from, and during the event. I further release, absolve, indemnify, and hold harmless the Illinois Young Birders Club, the Illinois Ornithological Society, the directors and officers of ILYB and IOS, and all organizers, sponsors, leaders, chaperones, and supervisors of the event. In case of injury, I hereby waive all claims against the parties listed above. I likewise release from responsibility any person transporting my child to, from, and during the scheduled event.

Consent to Use of Photographs
There is a possibility that photos of the named young birder(s) may be taken on our field trips and other activities throughout the year. They may be published in our newsletter, on our website, or a similar publication. By completing this form. you are giving ILYB and IOS consent to publish such photographs. We will never distribute said photos to any third parties.

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Jun
16
Sat
Young Birders – Big Day at Illinois Beach State Park @ Illinois Beach State Park - South Unit
Jun 16 @ 4:00 am – 9:00 pm

For ILYB Members and guests only

Our innaugural Big Day will take place at Illinois Beach State Park. We haven’t quite worked out all the details, but we’ll start early and end late. Join us for a whole day of fast paced birding.

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2018 ILLINOIS YOUNG BIRDERS - FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORM
Youth (1):*
Youth (2):
An adult (e.g., parent or guardian) is required to accompany any child under 14 years of age.
Adult:*
Relationship to child:*
E-mail:*
Cell Phone:*
-
Total Number of Participants:*
Field Trip (Select all that apply):*

Parental / Guardian Field Trip Consent
By completing this form, I hereby give permission for the named young birder(s) to participate in the field trips of the Illinois Young Birders Club (ILYB), a project of the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS). I assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities of the event and transportation to, from, and during the event. I further release, absolve, indemnify, and hold harmless the Illinois Young Birders Club, the Illinois Ornithological Society, the directors and officers of ILYB and IOS, and all organizers, sponsors, leaders, chaperones, and supervisors of the event. In case of injury, I hereby waive all claims against the parties listed above. I likewise release from responsibility any person transporting my child to, from, and during the scheduled event.

Consent to Use of Photographs
There is a possibility that photos of the named young birder(s) may be taken on our field trips and other activities throughout the year. They may be published in our newsletter, on our website, or a similar publication. By completing this form. you are giving ILYB and IOS consent to publish such photographs. We will never distribute said photos to any third parties.

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Jun
26
Tue
IOS & Red Hill Birding Panama Tour
Jun 26 – Jul 5 all-day

It is with great excitement that IOS announces an international trip to the tropical forests of Panama!  IOS will be traveling down to Panama June 26th – July 5th, 2018 (Click Here for Itinerary).  IOS is partnering with Josh Engel and his new tour company, Red Hill Birding, for what is going to be a trip that delights birders whether it’s your first trip to the tropics or your tenth.

We will be staying in the Canopy Family’s now famous eco-lodges, the Canopy Tower in the central lowlands, and the Canopy Lodge in the foothills of El Valle de Antón.

A post-trip extension (July 5th – July 11th, 2018) will have us traveling to the Canopy Camp, the Canopy Family’s newest location in the heart of Eastern Panama’s Darién Province!  Here, we will enjoy a new host of birds, including many that are endemic to Panama or the Chocó biological region.  It is at the Canopy Camp where we have the greatest chance of seeing a Harpy Eagle.

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Jul
21
Sat
Young Birders – Banding at Camp Sagawau @ Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

For ILYB Members and guests only

We have an educational outing scheduled for July at Camp Sagawau in Lemont. We’ll learn more about the benefits of bird banding and get to see a demonstration up close.

Register for this event:

2018 ILLINOIS YOUNG BIRDERS - FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORM
Youth (1):*
Youth (2):
An adult (e.g., parent or guardian) is required to accompany any child under 14 years of age.
Adult:*
Relationship to child:*
E-mail:*
Cell Phone:*
-
Total Number of Participants:*
Field Trip (Select all that apply):*

Parental / Guardian Field Trip Consent
By completing this form, I hereby give permission for the named young birder(s) to participate in the field trips of the Illinois Young Birders Club (ILYB), a project of the Illinois Ornithological Society (IOS). I assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities of the event and transportation to, from, and during the event. I further release, absolve, indemnify, and hold harmless the Illinois Young Birders Club, the Illinois Ornithological Society, the directors and officers of ILYB and IOS, and all organizers, sponsors, leaders, chaperones, and supervisors of the event. In case of injury, I hereby waive all claims against the parties listed above. I likewise release from responsibility any person transporting my child to, from, and during the scheduled event.

Consent to Use of Photographs
There is a possibility that photos of the named young birder(s) may be taken on our field trips and other activities throughout the year. They may be published in our newsletter, on our website, or a similar publication. By completing this form. you are giving ILYB and IOS consent to publish such photographs. We will never distribute said photos to any third parties.

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Aug
18
Sat
IOS Shorebirding Weekend @ Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pekin
Aug 18 @ 6:00 am – Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm

Join us on August 18-19 for a weekend of fun, sun, and shorebirds. The weekend will consist of guided field trips to Emiquon and Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuges.

The IOS Shorebirding Weekend is now open for registration to members only.

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