Join Indiana Audubon for a morning of early spring birding among the many wetlands and flooded fields that line the Kankakee River in northern Indiana. By this date, the waters are thawing and rising and this site plays host to thousands of diverse waterfowl species as they stage before heading to the prairie potholes and far Canadian arctic for the breeding season. Participants can expect to see Snow Geese, Ross’s Geese, Greater-white Fronted Geese, Northern Pintails, shovelers, teal, and more. Land birds expected include Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, and possible lark/longspur/bunting flocks.
The field trip will begin at the Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area office on Saturday, March 27. Registered participants will meet at 8:00 AM CT local time (9:00 AM ET) and bird the site through the morning hours, ending around noon. The group will caravan to both the southern side of the river, as well as the productive northern side which often hosts thousands of cranes and an opportunity to view migrating Tundra and Trumpeter Swans.
The field trip will be led by former IAS Vice-President Kim Ehn. Registration is required below, as most IAS trips fill fast. For more information, email Kim at [email protected]
To comply with CDC recommendations, all IAS field trips until further notice will have the follow restrictions:
- All IAS trip participants must pre-register in advance for upcoming field trips
- All IAS 2020 Field Trips are limited to 15 participants
- All participants should utilize facial covering and/or social distancing during the field trip
- All participants should plan on traveling separately rather than carpool during multiple location trips
All participants must read and agree to the IAS Field Trip Release to participate in IAS led events and trips. Field trips are free for IAS- Members and $10 for non-members. This trip is part of the 21 in 2021 Indiana Birding Trail Challenge. Find more #21in21 Hikes Here. We hope to see you there!