Universal Mines Field Trip
November 23 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm ESTFree – $10
Join IAS board member, Mark Welter, for a driving tour of the reclaimed Universal Strip Mines in search of waterfowl, raptors and sparrows. Located on the Vigo/Vermillion County line north of Terre Haute, Universal is an important stopover for migrating ducks and geese, and hosts significant numbers of both Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, as well. Several sparrow species, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Harrier and Northern Shrike can also be found in this area in winter. We will primarily be birding from our vehicles, utilizing the county roads to survey the numerous fields and ponds on the property (most of the former Universal Mine is privately owned, and there is no trespassing). We may also look over the “Grand Canyon lake” just across the border in Edgar County, IL, which can contain large waterfowl flocks when the smaller bodies of water on the property are frozen over. Due to the distances that can be involved in surveying this property, a spotting scope is recommended. Additionally, small two-way radios (Motorola, etc) to facilitate communication among vehicles while traveling would also be beneficial if you have them.
If time allows and there is interest, we may also visit the nearby reclaimed Chinook Mines and the associated Fish & Wildlife Area, located just east of Terre Haute. Registered participants will meet at 8:00 AM Eastern Time in the Target parking lot at 10209 E. US 36 (Rockville Road) in Avon, just west of the Ronald Reagan Parkway. Participants can expect to be back around 3:00PM.
Pre-registration is required as IAS trips fill fast. Please email Mark if you have any questions regarding this field trip.
Rough-legged Hawk by Ryan Sanderson.