Birding 101

Tuesday, May 28th- my last hurrah. We will meet at Moraine View State Park located near Leroy. I have provided a map below. If you have another family member (spouse, child, grandchild) that you would like to bring along, please do! I’m going to take a different route this time for our walk due to the rain that we just keep getting. Most of the walking will be along the road. I would still recommend bug spray if you have it as it’s a bountiful time for those little pests! See you then.

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Tuesday, May 21st, we will meet in the north parking lot at the Merwin Nature Preserve (Parklands). Coming from the Bloomington/Normal area, you can take N 1925 East Rd. This is generally considered the Gridley blacktop. You will cross over the PJ Keller Highway (Lexington blacktop), then cross over the Mackinaw River and continue less then a half mile north. Turn right onto Clarksville Road (left it becomes Kappa Road). Follow this slightly winding road down about a mile to the north parking lot (large gravel area). See you then.

We will meet on Tuesday, May 14th, at Centennial Park in Heyworth. Take 51 south out of town and then exit at Heyworth (Rt. 136). The park is then located about a half mile down the road on the right. We will meet in the back past the baseball/softball diamonds.

I wanted to let everyone know that this will be my last birding class (ending after this spring session). I had submitted my dates for the fall but have withdrawn them. I informed Heartland yesterday that I think that it’s time for me to step aside and have new blood injected into the class. I’ve done this for the past four years and have met some people that I truly consider friends. I have enjoyed my time doing this class and will miss it. I have various reasons for doing this- some personal, some I don’t mind discussing. I may never know the impact that I’ve had on some. Actually, I stepped aside from the Audubon board as well this morning. I’ve always been a bit of a loner and a free spirit- it’s time for me to go back to being what I truly am. Keep birding and loving my feathered friends- you don’t need me to help you with that. It’s been a fun ride but, it’s time for me to get off now….


5/2/19- Sorry for the delay in posting. Some of you know that I have been taking care of my mom for the past month or so. Between work,hospital visits, etc., my last month has been a blur. We met on Tuesday (4/30) at Ewing Park. Somehow, I managed to avoid the rain once again. The Great Horned Owls that nest there are always a hit. They can be found throughout the year there. I simply ask that you are sure to give them their space. Often if you hang around too long or get too close, the Crows become aware of the situation and will mob them. I never put anything in harms way for a photograph. I get my images through patience and knowing habits. Next week we will meet in the equestrian parking lot on the south end of Evergreen Lake. Besides the map, I have added a link to Birdcast which shows migration maps…they’re coming!

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4/23/19- Our first class of the spring met in the classroom and then ventured out to the ISU Horticulture Center. It was nice to see some familiar faces and some new ones for me to corrupt as well.Here is a list of some of the birds that we saw: American Robin, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, Turkey Vulture, Northern Flicker, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Swamp Sparrow, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler and a Sora was also spotted. I always have enjoyed this class and this session seems like it won’t disappoint. Next week we will meet at Ewing Park in the parking lot off of Ethel Parkway. If you have any questions, contact me via text or call @ (309) 530-3234

Our class schedule-

4/23   Classroom/ISU Horticulture Center

4/30 Ewing Park

5/7 Evergreen Lake

5/14 Centennial Park (Heyworth)

5/21  Merwin Nature Preserve (Parklands)

5/28 Moraine View State Park (Leroy)