Peoria Audubon Society is a local affiliate of both:
Eagle on branch a few minutes before flying to nest
Closeup of Eagle on Nest
After viewing the eagle nest on Route 29 near Lacon, the group went toward I-180 to the Observation Tower at Hennepin-Hopper Lakes.
View of White Pelicans from Observation Tower at Hennepin-Hopper
Digiscoped image of above white pelicans
White pelican in flight
Tour group viewing waterfowl from observation tower at Hennepin-Hopper
Special thanks to Rick Fox of the Peoria Audubon Society for leading this trip.
After visiting the restoration at Hennepin-Hopper, on the east side of the Illinois River, Rick guided the group to the nearby Miller-Anderson woods on the west side of the river.
Miller-Miller-Anderson woods is on the west side of Route 29. On the opposite side of the route lies Big Goose Lake
The small lake in the image is viewed from the "old route 29" trail at the woods. In the distance, is the "new route 29" that carries all the present traffic. Big Goose Lake is on the other side of "new route 29."
Todd Bittner of the IDNR, pointed out the skunk cabbage. Note the remaining "bloom" close to the ground.
In addition to birds, the upland woodland habitat of the Miller-Anderson woods supports an abundance of wild flowers and diverse flora
Field Trip to McNaughton-Dirksen Park, about 10 miles south of Peoria on the east side of the Illinois River. On April 15, Tom Lerczak of the Emiquon Audubon Society lead a field trip to the upland woodland that is owned by the Pekin Park District.
Crossing creek in Dirksen Park
Many thanks to Tom Lerczak of the Emiquon Audubon Society for the stories on the history of the park in addition to pointing out numerous fine points of nature.
Tom Lerczak, trip leader
Cooper Park Trip 04-14-2007 Back to Top
Deb took the following pictures on the Sunday April 14 trip to nearby Cooper Park. This local 55-acre East Peoria wetland park is adjacent to Lower Peoria Lake along the Illinois River. It is only 2 miles from the hotel that hosted the Spring Gathering.
Red Bellied Woodpecker and Killdeer
Song Sparrow and tour group viewing Peoria across the Illinois River from Cooper Park
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