IOS Shorebirding Weekend, August 19th - 20th

Kevin T. Karlson is an accomplished birder, professional tour leader, speaker and wildlife photographer who has published numerous articles on bird identification and natural history for an assortment of magazines, journals, calendars and electronic media. Kevin is a co-author of The Shorebird Guide (Houghton Mifflin Co. 2006) and has completed a new book with co-author and wife Dale Rosselet for the Roger Tory Peterson Reference series at Houghton Mifflin Co. called Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds (April 2015 release date). He completed a Shorebird ID App in 2013 for called Shorebirds of the United States and Canada, which is available in the Apple Store. Kevin has produced four laminated ID foldout guides for Quick Reference Publishing (Raptors of Eastern and Western North America; Waterfowl of North America; Shorebirds of North America and Warblers of North America).

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

  • Kevin Karlson will be the guest speaker for the weekend. Kevin will be hosting two presentations at the Dixon Mounds State Museum on Saturday evening for all those attending.
  • 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 20th. 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 19th, and the morning of Sunday, August 20th. Local experts will be conducting field trips at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Emiquon and surrounding areas. Kevin Karlson will be participating in a few of the field trips which will be provided. More information will be forthcoming.
  • Lodging for this event will be at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Pekin. You may book your rooms for the 18th and 19th 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.
  • Raffle Prizes, including Kevin Karlson autographed books, Eagle Optics T-shirts and more!
  • Eagle Optics is providing three Vortex Spotting Scopes in different price ranges for IOS members to sample.
  • 25th Anniversary IOS T-shirt will be available for purchase to commemorate the weekend.

Weekend Agenda:

August 18th:

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, raffle tickets, and area maps highlighting field trip routes for their respective group. IOS 25th Anniversary T-shirts will be distributed and available at this time.

August 19th:

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. Spotting Scopes provided by Eagle Optics will also be set up here for any interested in using them and sampling some available scopes which Eagle Optics sells. Kevin Karlson will be participating in the scheduled field trips. We will attempt to move him through the group rotations so all have a chance to visit and do some bird watching with him!

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

12:30pm Kevin Karlson will give an amazing pictorial presentation in the Auditorium.

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

5:30pm Participants will return to the Museum for another great presentation from Kevin Karlson concerning Shore bird identification. Shorebird skin samples will be on display, which will give you an opportunity to compare some unique species to those we encounter on a more frequent basis. Raffle prizes will be drawn at this time.

6:30pm One of three options: 1. The museum is hosting a musical night and musicians will be playing for anyone in attendance. 2. Return to Holiday inn Express for the evening. 3. Continue birding in the evening either separately or with an informal group. In Pekin, there is an Applebee’s Restaurant near the hotel, which would be a good venue for an evening drink and socialization.

August 20th:

Breakfast schedule same as for Saturday August 19th.

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.

Registration is now closed.

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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