For 1 day only, we are on a mission to search for and document as many breeding bird species as we can find at Kankakee NWR’s black oak savanna and sand flatwoods! Are you up for the challenge? Join bird experts and/or provide your own expertise as we learn more about this exciting refuge and the birds that inhabit it.

Meet at 7:00 AM at Refuge sign at 17000E and 8000S in Kankakee County, IL

At 11:30 AM we will meet for lunch at a local establishment in St. Anne. Optional afternoon and evening birding for those interested!

Waterproof hiking boots or rubber boots are recommended. Note there are no facilities at the refuge yet. For the nearest restrooms, please visit the Iroquois County State Wildlife Refuge, IL or Willow Slough State Game Preserve, IN. The nearest town is St. Anne, IL.

Directions are below, but you can also reference the file on this flyer:   Kankakee flyer

*Directions: From Kankakee, IL, take Route 17 east toward Momence. Route 17 joins Route 1 at a traffic light; turn right (south) on Route 1 to St. Anne, IL. At the 4-way stop in St. Anne, turn left (east) on Guertin St., which becomes 7000 S Rd. After 9 .4 miles, turn right (south) on 17000 E Rd, a gravel road. Continue 1 mile to the intersection with 8000 S Rd., and find parking along the road.

For more information, contact: Stephanie Beilke,, 920-366-5825