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Late Migrants and Nesting Birds are Focus of June Field Trips from DuPage Birding Club

The public is invited to join DuPage Birding Club members on our June field trips to see late migrants and summer residents in the forest preserves of DuPage County and elsewhere in northern Illinois. We are offering a variety of field trips, including mid-week extra trips and trips designed especially for beginners. To confirm the trip, check our DBC website at www.dupagebirding.org for the latest status information. We invite you to contact the trip leader about their trip and/or your participation. Our field trip leaders can help you find the trip’s starting location if you need additional directions.

Sunday, June 3, 7:30 a.m., Herrick Lake, Wheaton
Herrick Lake is one of DuPage County’s “Important Bird Areas.” We’ll be looking for late spring warblers and breeding birds and any less common species that have been located at this site. Since we will be covering a variety of habitats and could well be on footpaths as well as main trails, long pants are advisable. Wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the entrance to the south parking lot on Herrick Road south of Butterfield for this morning trip.
Leaders: Jody and Jerry Zamirowski, 630-858-2874, jody.z@comcast.net

Wednesday, June 6, 8 a.m., Lyman Woods, Downers Grove
This is a morning trip over gravel and earthen trails to visit multiple habitats that attract birds. Parking is limited at Lyman Woods itself so we are asking participants to meet at the Yorktown Center Mall parking lot in order to carpool over to the preserve. Meet at the west side parking area very close to Highland Ave and just north of the second entrance off Highland, across from the cemetery entrance and west of the mall stores. Trails could be muddy so we strongly recommend wearing boots and suitable clothing.
Leader: Joan Campbell, 630-337-2605, peachjmc@gmail.com

Saturday, June 9, 7:30 a.m., Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Cantigny, the 500-acre former estate of Robert R. McCormick, began monthly bird walks in 2008. These outings are a good entry point for new birders but participants should be aware that attendance can be quite high–some Cantigny walks attract 50 or more birders! Enter through the main gate on Winfield Road (just south of Roosevelt) and tell the attendant you are with the bird walk. You will not be charged for parking. We meet at the Cantigny Visitors Center.
Leader: Jeff Reiter, 630-545-1838, jreiter@wordsonbirds.com

Saturday, June 9, 7:30 a.m., Songbird Slough Forest Preserve, Itasca
The 391-acre preserve is a part of a large glacial kettle formation in northeast DuPage County. Songbird Slough is a combination of natural and constructed wetlands, fishing ponds, restored prairies, and meadows. This urban retreat serves as a nesting spot for numerous grassland and song birds plus
waterfowl. Ron Skleney is the bird monitor for this preserve. Exit I-355 onto West Lake going east, drive to North Mill Road and proceed north to the FP entry. Meet at the picnic shelter in the main parking lot. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
Leader: Ron Skleney, 630-422-1814,LYNYS2859@yahoo.com

Sunday, June 10, 7:30 a.m., Lowden-Miller State Forest and More, Ogle County
We are headed west to see birds at Lowden-Miller, which has the designation of “Important Bird Area.” Target birds include Kentucky, Cerulean, Yellow-throated and Hooded Warblers, and other woodland breeding birds otherwise difficult to find in Northern Illinois. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes. http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/parks/r1/lowdensp.htm#. Time permitting we may also visit several other sites, including Nachusa Grasslands. This location also has the designation of “Important Bird Area.” Grassland birds include grasshopper sparrows, Henslow’s sparrows, Dickcissels, Sedge Wrens, Northern Harriers, etc. Learn more about Nachusa at: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/illinois/placesweprotect/nachusa-grasslands.xml. This trip is limited to 20 participants, and advance reservations are required. Bring a bag lunch and water, as we will eat near the birds rather than driving to a town. Meet at Parking Lot # 1 at Lowden-Miller. Lowden-Miller is over an hour’s drive from DuPage County. Contact leader to register. Carpool opportunities may unfold once we know who plans to participate. This will be an all-day trip, and is subject to cancellation due to bad weather.
Leader: Bob Fisher, 630-985-2956, BFisher928@aol.com

Saturday, June 16, 7:30 a.m., Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve, Naperville
This location has the designation of “Important Bird Area,” being one of the largest grassland preserves in DuPage County. This is an opportunity to go birding with the Springbrook expert and see some special views and learn about grassland birds such as Henslow’s, Savannah, Field and Song Sparrows; Dickcissels; Bobolinks; and Meadowlarks. Meet at the main parking lot for Springbrook Prairie on 83rd street between Route 59 and Book Road. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
Leader: Joe Suchecki, 630-368-5570,issuesman50@yahoo.com

Sunday, June 17, 3 p.m., Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
This location is another “Important Bird Area.” This is a two-part late afternoon and evening trip. One may attend both or just one part. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Part 1 begins at the Iron Bridge trailhead at 3 p.m. Target birds include Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Mockingbird, and Blue Grosbeak. This walk may exceed 2 miles. We will head to Wilmington for dinner about 5 p.m. Part 2 will begin 6:30 p.m. at the Explosives Road Trailhead. We will carpool from there to another lot and walk back to the cars. Target birds include Bell’s Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Upland Sandpiper. This walk is 2.5 to 3 miles long.

Please pre-register with trip organizer for directions to meeting spot and/or carpooling opportunities.
Leader: Jeff Smith, 331-481-3362, mrqmagoo13@gmail.com

Saturday, June 23, 7:30 a.m., Dick Young Nelson Lake FP, Batavia
The Dick Young preserve includes Nelson Lake and much more. For this morning trip, we are going to start on the northwest side of the preserve to check out birds in the grasslands, the glacial pothole, the savannah forest and the overlook of Nelson Lake from the west side. Meet in the parking lot off Main Street. http://forestpreserve.countyofkane.org/images1/Trail%20Maps/DickYoung.pdf. Coming from DuPage County on I-88, exit at Orchard Road to the north. Go a short distance to Oak St. Turn left (west) and go a short distance to Deer Path Road, turn to the right (north). The road eventually becomes Nelson Lake Road. Go right on by the preserve’s east entrance and continue driving north to Batavia’s west Main St. Turn left (west) and proceed about 1/2 of a mile to the Dick Young parking lot entrance on the south side of Main St. Road. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking.
Leader: Scott Cohrs,630-377-6814, 847-651-9891, Scott.Cohrs@experian.com

Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 a.m., Morton Arboretum, Lisle
We will be looking for breeding birds, including Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Towhee, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Great-Crested Flycatcher. Meet at parking lot #13 on the east side for this morning trip. Parking Lot #13 is across the main road from Big Rock. The Arboretum is located just north of I-88 off Rte. 53. There is a per-person charge for Arb nonmembers. On Wednesday's it's $8 for adults, $7 for seniors over 65. Note: the Arboretum does not open its gates until 7 a.m. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
Leaders: Marcia & Lee Nye, 630-369-4908, mtnye@wideopenwest.com

Saturday, June 30, 7:30 a.m., Maple Grove Forest Preserve, Downers Grove
This idyllic suburban preserve is a pocket wilderness. It has an old maple forest now mixed with many other species. St. Joseph’s Creek lies on the north end. Many bird species have been seen in this vestige of Downers Grove history. We will take a look on this morning field trip. Meet in the main parking lot at the entrance on the north side of Maple Ave in Downers Grove. Here is the website with a map.
http://www.dupageforest.com/Conservation/ForestPreserves/Maple_Grove.html Wear appropriate clothes and shoes for walking the trails.
Leader: Susan Kaley, 630-355-7215, susan.kaley@bp.com
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