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Field TripsField Trip: Open Land Birding

Friday, February 1, 2019
9 a.m. – noon
Former Staples, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Once again we will travel local country roads in search of those open land species from the north that frequent our area primarily during the winter. This year you again have two opportunities for fun – come to either or both!

Although the typically more common species – Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur and Horned Lark – were again in short supply last year, we had terrific looks on one of the outings of a Snowy Owl, even observing it in flight. Other species we’ll search for include Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Shrike and Merlin. Of course we’ll enjoy any bird we see, including our many year-round residents.

We will carpool and cruise country roads in local areas that were historically prairie. Viewing will be done predominantly from vehicles, using cars as blinds. Optional lunch after in Freeport. Carpool from the former Staples lot in Freeport at 9:00 a.m. Confirm your attendance by calling Mary.

MeetingsFebruary Program: Are We Ready for 100% Renewable Energy?

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL
Speaker: Caroline Wooten, Sierra Club

Other/MiscellaneousNIAS Newsletter Deadline

Thursday, February 28, 2019