Kankakee Valley Audubon Society’s Fall Schedule Offers Exciting Field Trips for Bird Enthusiasts


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KANKAKEE, IL – Attention bird enthusiasts and nature lovers! The Kankakee Valley Audubon Society (KVAS) has announced its captivating fall schedule of field trips, promising exciting opportunities to explore the avian wonders of the region. 

Starting Saturday, August 26th, participants can embark on a series of immersive journeys, immersing themselves in the diverse habitats of Kankakee County. The first expedition will take place at the scenic Kankakee River State Park, where participants are requested to assemble by the suspension bridge in the parking area at 8:30 A.M. 

Aroma Land & Water Preserve, a picturesque location boasting various habitats, will be the second stop on September 9th. Bird enthusiasts will embark on an easy trail walk to the breathtaking Kankakee River and back, gathering at the parking area on Hieland Road, 1.4 miles south of IL 17 at 8:30 A.M.

On September 16th, the society will organize a captivating walk through the prairie and wooded areas of Perry Farm, culminating at the Kankakee River. Participants should meet in the parking area by Exploration Station at 8:30 A.M. Meanwhile, September 23rd will see a visit to Lake Alexander RV Park, an exquisite prairie and wooded area leading to the Kankakee River. Nature lovers are requested to rendezvous there at 8:30 A.M.

Finally, on September 30th, the adventure continues at Limestone Park. To reach this enchanting location, one must proceed west from Kankakee on IL 17 to 5000W (Limestone) Rd, then go north for one mile to 1000N Rd. Participants will meet at the parking lot near the tennis courts at 8:30 A.M. In the event of inclement weather, the society’s inclement weather policy states that a decision will be made by 7 A.M. on the day of the field trip. Participants are advised to call a KVAS officer after 7 A.M. for updates.

As the autumn season progresses, the Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Area will steal the spotlight. Renowned as a migratory gathering place for sandhill cranes, thousands of these majestic birds can be seen flying in from all directions at dusk. To witness this breathtaking spectacle, take IL 114 east from Momence and proceed on IN 10. Continue straight until required to turn, then go south for ½ mile before turning east again. Travel approximately 3 miles to reach Jasper-Pulaski, which is approximately a one-hour drive from Momence. For the best experience, it is recommended to arrive a bit before sunset.

The KVAS also expressed their gratitude to all the participants of the 2023 Spring Count, which took place on May 6th. A remarkable 116 species were observed in Kankakee County, with the record being 161 species in 2009. 

Furthermore, the society’s Christmas Bird Count, organized by Jed Hertz, has been scheduled for Saturday, December 30th, 2023. Those interested in participating can contact Jed at ihh60910@yahoo.com or 815-937-9530.

To stay connected and learn more about KVAS, individuals can reach out to the society’s officers. David Atkinson serves as the President and can be contacted via email at daveannatk@att.net. For inquiries related to the Secretary-Treasurer position, Roberta Slaby can be reached at robertaslaby@gmail.com. John Baxter, the Field Trip Chairman, can be contacted at xxjb7z@aol.com.

Becoming a member of the Kankakee Valley Audubon Society is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to bird conservation and exploration. Annual dues amount to $10.00 for individuals or families. Correspondence and membership fees can be sent to Roberta Slaby at 3956A N 3000 W Rd., Bourbonnais, IL 60914. Checks should be made payable to the Kankakee Valley Audubon Society. It’s important to note that KVAS is an affiliate of the Illinois Audubon Society, further enhancing the impact of their initiatives.

Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the beauty of nature and observe fascinating bird species this fall. Join the Kankakee Valley Audubon Society on their captivating field trips, immersing yourself in the wonders of the Kankakee County’s diverse habitats.


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