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IOS Field Trips - Central Illinois Lakes - November 8th
« : October 28, 2014, 07:37:45 PM »
Central Illinois Lakes
Saturday, November 8, 2014

One of the many exciting times for fall birding is around the end of October through much of November.  This is a time when the possibilities for rarities are high among the migrant waterfowl, loons, grebes, and gulls, to name a few groups.  In flight years, winter finches are also on the move during this time.  IOS is holding a field trip on Saturday, November 8 in central Illinois where there are several large reservoirs that often attract these rare migrants.  All three scoter species, Pacific and Red-throated Loons, Red-necked and Western Grebes, Black-legged Kittiwake, Little Gull, and jaegers are among the long list of unusual species that could be encountered on this trip.

The goal for this trip is to gather together in small groups to cover these lakes in hopes that we come across something exciting.  To cover as much ground as possible and to ensure small, mobile group sizes, we are offering four different options:

   Clinton Lake  (Leader Matt Fraker)
   Lake Decatur  (Leader Travis Mahan)
   Lake Shelbyville/Lake Charleston  (Leader Tyler Funk)
   Lake Springfield/Sangchris Lake  (Leader Craig Taylor)

Each lake group will be limited to 10 participants.  The groups will maintain contact throughout the day, which will enable participants to travel to one of the nearby locations for a desired rarity, if encountered.  This trip will be a day-long event involving a significant amount of time scoping the lakes from various points.  Many of the waterbirds will likely be viewed at a fair distance, so bring your spotting scopes.  Land-birding will also be a component of the trips.  Participants should be prepared for variable and often poor weather conditions.  Extra layers of clothing, water and snacks would be good additions to your optics.

Registration Details:
Please contact Travis Mahan to register for the trip or for general questions.  Because each lake group has a participation limit, please indicate your preferences in numerical order (1 being most desired).  Meeting locations and times will be provided upon registration.

E-mail:  calidris_1004@yahoo.com
Phone:  217.454.3408
Travis Mahan
Decatur, IL
Macon County


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