Spring Migrant Tune-up

April 22, 2017 @ 6:00 am – April 23, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
Quality Inn & Suites
2600 W Main St
IL 62959
Keith McMullen

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Join Keith McMullen for a fun field trip through southern Illinois forests in search of some of the more difficult birds to locate in the northern part of our state. This field trip is an excellent opportunity for you to learn new areas in which to bird, “tune-up” your eyes and ears for the coming spring migration, and knock the dust off those hiking boots. Target species for this trip include Least Bittern, American Bittern, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Chuck-will’s-widow, Acadian Flycatcher, Prairie Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Cerulean Warbler.

The field trip will be held Saturday, April 22nd and 23rd. You will be responsible for booking your own accommodations in Marion, Illinois for Friday and Saturday night (or as needed).

The Quality Inn & Suites and the Best Western Plus in Marion, Illinois will be our host hotels for this event. They are located side-by-side. Breakfast is included with your hotel charge. We will meet in the hotel lobby at the start of each day.

Itinerary is as follows.

5:30AM Breakfast
6:00AM Depart hotel
6:00AM-12:00PM Travel to and birding from Pomona/Cave Creek to Pine Hills
12:00-1:00PM Lunch in Anna/Jonesboro
1:00-5:00PM Travel to and birding from Union County to Miller City Blacktop
5:00-6:00PM Hotel (clean-up/change)
6:00-7:30PM Dinner (Group dinner at 17th Street BBQ in Marion or on your own)
7:30PM Depart hotel
7:30-9:15PM Travel to and birding at Ferne Clyffe State Park
DAY 2: SUNDAY, 23-APRIL-2017
5:30AM Breakfast
6:00AM Depart hotel
6:00-12:30PM Travel to and birding at Ft. Massac State Park, Mermet Lake, Michael Wolff Memorial Wetland, and Heron Pond
12:30PM End of field trip

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