Event calendar

Beginning Birding Hike

Event information

Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: Ages 8 and older.

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

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Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock

Event details

Get up early and join a naturalist to learn birding basics. After a bit of instruction, we’ll head out on a hike to try out our identification skills. If you have binoculars and a favorite field guide, bring them; otherwise we will have a few to share. Prior to the program, you may wish to download the Merlin Bird ID app to your phone.


Event requirements

Registration required by Friday, March 3: 815-722-4121.


Please dress for the weather as the entire program will be outdoors. Meet at the Oak Knoll Shelter.

The hike will be 1 mile to 2 miles over uneven, natural terrain. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.