JWP sponsors several outdoor events throughout the year. These outings provide an opportunity for participants to see nature through the lens of an experienced birder and, therefore, observe wildlife otherwise overlooked or unknown. Bird calls are also identified and many interesting discussions always arise. Come, bring a friend, grandchild or neighbor, and find out what you’ve been overlooking. Although binoculars are not required they will enhance your appreciation of the wildlife identified and are highly recommended.
For Programs at Sugar Grove Nature Center: Directions from Bloomington/Normal, Illinois to Sugar Grove if not carpooling: Take I-55 South (toward St. Louis). Take the Shirley exit (the first exit) #154. Turn right at the top of the off-ramp, on County Road 34. Turn left at the T-intersection onto Old Route 66. Proceed approximately 4.5 miles to Funks Grove Road. Turn right and go over railroad tracks, and take first left. At this point, there will be signs for Sugar Grove Nature Center. Follow this road. At the Dead End sign, continue straight. The road will open up to prairie and you will see the nature center buildings on your right. When you come to the gravel lane, turn right, and proceed to the parking lot.
Ewing Park Bird Walks
The walks start at 8:00 a.m. We meet at the Towanda Avenue parking lot. The walks usually last until about 9:30, but you are free to leave at any time. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. The walks are open to anyone and are a good introduction to bird watching. The walks will be an opportunity to see hummingbirds, sparrows, thrushes, warblers, vireos, and other songbirds that pass through Ewing Park during the fall migration. Here are the dates for the walks.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Leader: Wes Kolb
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Fairview Park parking lot in Normal, 801 N. Main Street. The variety of habitat should yield a good diversity of migrant, and breeding birds.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Leader: Dave Weth
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Nature Center parking lot, 4532 N 725 East Rd, Mc Lean, IL, (309) 874-2174. It should be near peak warbler migration. We hope to see a lot of neotropical migrants.
2016 Ewing Park Bird Walks
Dates for the walks will be posted below when scheduled.
We meet at the Towanda Avenue parking lot of Ewing Park and the walks start at 8:00 a.m. The walks usually last until 9:30 a.m. but you are free to leave at any time. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. The walks are open to anyone and are a good introduction to bird watching. Ewing Park bird walks are in the spring and the fall.
Our Ewing walks take place during the busiest period of spring and fall migrations. The walks will be a good opportunity to see the sparrows, thrushes, warblers, vireos, and other songbirds that pass through Ewing Park. Here are the dates for the walks:
SUNDAYS SATURDAYS(no Sunday bird walks) April 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 14, 21