Saturday, April 27, 2013

Xperience Emiquon: 2013 IAS Spring Gathering

by Jane Garrison Ward
Observation Date: April 27, 2013
Location: Lakeland Park, Canton, Illinois
Weather: Partly cloudy, 45 degrees F

This past weekend I attended the annual Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering, hosted here in the Illinois valley by the Emiquon Audubon Society. This event was supposed to include access to The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Nature Preserve. However, historic flooding caused the water from the Illinois and Spoon Rivers to overtop Thompson Levee, which surrounds the Emiquon Preserve. Our Saturday morning activities were moved to drier locations. My group, Group C, explored Lakeland Park in Canton, Illinois. Photos below are from the walk we took in the morning. I didn't complete the walk through Big Creek Park, a heavily wooded area, which I understand was outstanding in the number of bird species they encountered, but here are the photos from the early morning walk at Lakeland.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013 Observation

by Michelle Quinones
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 10:00 am
Location:  Coal Creek
Temperature: 42 degrees
Weather: Cool but sunny, without wind
Following our April meeting, we ventured down to Coal Creek. It was immediately apparent that the creek had overflowed its banks during the recent flooding. Grass laid down several feet around the top of the creek walls. But today, the day is bright and glorious. Our spring in Fulton County is late this year, but the green has come, and with it, bits and pieces of promise. The first year we hiked Coal Creek, it was in full bloom. The second time, the spring was earlier and we were a little late for the show. This year, a bit early. The lesson? Applaud whatever appears at the moment you're looking.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Trail Monitor 4-3-2013

Cindy McGrew
Emiquon Preserve Ridge and Thompson Lake
Mostly sunny, wind 10mph, 48 degrees
Spring must truly be here!  The Blues are finally building.  Of the 12 boxes I monitor at Emiquon, 2 had completed nests and 4 had incomplete nests. 
They are about 2 weeks behind their average building dates.
In addition, I spotted some Northern Shovelers on the lake.