Prairie Chicken Field Trip 2019
March 30 @ 6:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT$25 – $40
We welcome back the return of our popular prairie chicken field trip in 2019. We’ll be returning to the booming grounds near Newton, IL to observe the amazing mating ritual of the Greater Prairie Chicken. The male’s “booming” sounds like oo—loo—woo, an unmistakable low-frequency sound. At a distance, a group calling all at once sounds like chaotic howling. The display, shown in the above photo, establishes a pecking order; they stomp their feet, bow, jump and yelp. The females enter in lesser numbers and eventually mate once with a dominant male.
Registered participants will meet trip leader, Amy Kearns, at the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area office on March 30 at 5:30am (CDT). Note this is 6:30am Indianapolis time. Viewing will be done with scopes and binoculars within special blinds in 2019. For use of the blinds, IAS will be making a donation from each registration to the Illinois Audubon for their prairie chicken conservation work. After viewing the lek, the trip will seek out area specialties, including Northern Harriers, Loggerhead Shrike, American Golden-Plover, and Pectoral Sandpiper. The trip will conclude by lunch time.
Registration for this out of state field trip is only $25 for Indiana Audubon members and $40 for non-IAS members. Registration is below. Registration is strictly limited to the first eleven participants. This trip will fill FAST. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for the following day, March 31. Though no block has been made, for those wishing to arrive the night before, we recommend the Cobblestone Hotel. For more information about the trip or logistics, message Amy Kearns. Full refunds, minus a $5 administration fee, are available for cancellations before March 15. No refunds after March 15.