IOS Shorebirding Weekend, August 18-19

Where: Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Emiquon and surrounding areas.

  • Shorebird skin samples from the Chicago Field Museum will be available at the Dixon Mounds State Museum for members to view while attending lectures.
  • Lunch will be provided at the Dickson Mounds State Museum on Saturday August 18th. During this time, take a moment to enjoy the artifacts and information at this excellent museum.
  • Field trips will be available all day Saturday, August 18th, and the morning of Sunday, August 19th. Local experts will be conducting field trips at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Emiquon and surrounding areas.
  • Lodging for this event will be at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Pekin. You may book your rooms for the 17th and 18th using room block code, IOF. Field trips will start early in the day, so it may be necessary to book rooms for both Friday and Saturday evening. Registration will be at the hotel on Friday evening.

Weekend Agenda:

August 17th:

Check-in and registration at the Holiday Inn Express in Pekin, Illinois. Participants will receive name tags, field trip schedule, field trip leader contact information and area maps highlighting field trip routes for their respective group.

August 18th:

Tentative plan. Holiday Inn begins free breakfast service at 6:00am. Hotel manager stated that most breakfast items start being available shortly after 5:30am.

6:45am Field trip groups will leave for the designated field trips.

*Note: Field Trip plans are still being arranged for this weekend. Stay tuned for further information! A big sit will be incorporated into the weekend schedule for any that might be interested in such an event. This would likely take place along the cross dike at Chautauqua.

12:00pm Participants will meet at Dickson Mounds State Museum for complimentary Lunch. (Cold cut sandwiches, chips, water and cookie)

1:30pm Groups will depart the Museum for afternoon field trips

6:30pm One of two options: 1. Return to Holiday inn Express for the evening. 2. Continue birding in the evening either separately or with an informal group.

August 19th:

Breakfast schedule same.

6:45am Field Trips will continue through the first half of the day. Participants and field trip leaders will continue or disband at their discretion. *schedules are still being completed.


LODGING: Rooms have been blocked out at the Pekin Holiday Inn Express, 3615 Kelly Ave, Pekin, IL 61554.

Use discount code IOF (that’s not a typo, it’s IOF), for the special rate of $120/night.

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