NCIOS Birding Events

You can download a PDF of this schedule to view/print. Note this only covers Fall 2013.

All meetings except where noted are held at Severson Dells Forest Preserve; 8502 Montague Road, Winnebago, IL 61102 (2 miles west of Meridian Road on Montague Road).

Please Note: Some field trips are now being scheduled on weekdays and Sundays. We have placed most of the scheduled field trips during the spring and fall migration seasons rather than restricting them to one trip each month.

JANUARY

Meeting – "Birds and Whales: San Diego, California & Baja, Mexico" by Jack Armstrong
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, IL

Field Trip – "Eagles on the Mississippi River"
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Anne Straight will lead a trip to look for eagles, winter ducks and gulls. Meet at Spring Lake, south of Savannah on Hwy. 84 at 9:00am. We will also check Thompson Causeway & break for lunch at the Heirloom Café. Lock & Dam #13, north of Fulton on Hwy. 84 after lunch. Call Ann Straight by Jan.22 to make lunch reservations: 815-938-3263.

For those who wish to carpool, we will meet at the Blain's Farm and Fleet at 4725 W. State St. at 7:15 AM. Remember that construction continues on W. State St. and you should approach from the west or use School St. from the east.

FEBRUARY

Meeting – "Adventures in Thailand" by Fred Stellema
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, IL.

NEWLY ADDED!

Field Trip on Sunday, February 23 - Anne Straight has arranged for us to receive a guided tour thru the Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (old Savanna Army Depot) on Sunday, February 23. We will meet behind the Lost Mound Headquarters at 9:00 AM. Bring a snack or plan on a late lunch at nearby restaurants. So far this year, Bald and Golden Eagles, Long-eared Owls, Northern Shrikes, and Mockingbirds have been seen. There are resident populations of Bluebirds and Robins and if the Mississippi River opens up a bit, we will have several ducks and mergansers. So take this opportunity to visit this largest remnant of sand prairie/sand savanna in Illinois. Call Anne at 815/938-3263 or Phil Doncheck at 815/398-8046 to arrange for carpooling and/or directions. Invite any friends who you think might enjoy this rare treat.

MARCH

Meeting – "Identifying Spring Birds" by Steve Gent
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, IL.

Field Trip – "Local Waterfowl at Rock Cut State Park", led by Barbara and Dan Williams
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Meet at the parking lot by the dam at west end of Rock Cut Park.

APRIL

Meeting – "Wildlife in the Grand Canyon: From the Top Down to the Bottom Up" by Barbara & Dan Williams
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, IL.

"Midwest Sandhill Crane Count" – April 12, 2014. Russ Cline, Coordinator: 815-222-8945

MAY

Meeting – "Attu – Birding on the Edge", by Larry Balch
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, IL.

"Spring Breeding Bird Count" – May 10, 2014. Jack Armstrong, Coordinator: 815-398-2974.

Field Trip – "Horicon Marsh/Boat Trip + Road Birding"
Saturday, May 17, 2014, Meet at south side of Menard’s parking lot on 173 + Forest Hills Road at 6:30am to carpool. Blue Heron Landing Boat Trip is 9:30am-11:30am. Lunch after at a local restaurant, then road birding around marsh. Home by about 5:30pm. Boat Trip cost: $20/ages 14 & up; $10.50/ages 5-13. Reservations and payments by April 10 to Ken Frey, 815-877-5028.

JUNE

Last Meeting Until September – "Potluck, Election of Officers, and Bird Hike"
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m., Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve, Shelter off of Mulford Road, Rockford.
Bring a dish to pass and your own tableware and drink.

No July or August Meetings or field trips!

NOTE: PLEASE CALL THE LEADER IN ADVANCE FOR THE TIME AND PLACE TO MEET FOR THE TRIP. CAR POOLING IS ENCOURAGED FOR ALL FIELD TRIPS. RIDERS ARE EXPECTED TO REIMBURSE DRIVERS FOR EXPENSES.

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