Saturday and Sunday, July 1st and 2nd, 2017

Southern Illinois Birds

Leader:  Keith McMullen, O’Fallon, Illinois

 Information and Registration:  

Andrew Aldrich, Chicago, Illinois

Cell: 630-803-1590 E-mail:  

Keith McMullen has graciously offered to lead this fabulous trip again for 2017.  The trip is limited to 15 people, and the cost is $25, so sign up early.  The Quality Inn in Marion, Illinois will be our headquarters for this adventure; a full day of birding on Saturday, including evening birding to get nightjars and a half-day of birding on Sunday to allow folks plenty of time to make the trek back to Chicago.  

Most of the birding will be in Jackson, Union, Alexander, Pulaski, Johnson and Massac Counties.  Localities visited will include Pomona-Cave Creek, Pine Hills, Union County Conservation Area, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Heron Pond and Mermet Lake.


Some of the anticipated birds are Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Mississippi Kite, Black-necked Stilt, and Least Tern. It’s possible we’ll locate Anhinga near their nesting location. Plenty of breeding warblers in the Shawnee including Northern Parula, Cerulean, Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Kentucky, Hooded, Prairie, and American Redstarts among others. Blue grosbeaks, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers should be singing.  We usually see about 115 species during this weekend.  E-mail or call Andrew to get more information and to sign up.


You may use the button below to pay the $25 trip fee.    Contact Andrew Aldrich with any questions.