Daily Journal staff report

The Kankakee Valley Audubon Society will begin its fall season of field trips at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 8 with a walk through the Perry Farm at Bradley.

Participants should meet at the Exploration Station parking lot.

The programs begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays and are open to the general public.

New members are welcome. Membership fees are $5 for individuals, $8 for families and can be sent to secretary-treasurer Roberta Slaby at 3956A N 3000W Road, Bourbonnais, IL, 60914.

The fall schedule also includes:

Sept. 15 — Aroma Land & Water Preserve, a beautiful area with a variety of habitats. The trail is an easy walk to the Kankakee River and back. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking area on Hieland Road, 1.4 miles south of Illinois Route 17.

Sept. 22. — Kankakee River State Park — Meet in the parking lot by the Rock Creek suspension bridge at 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 29 — Willowhaven Park, which has short trails here around ponds, where a variety of birds can be expected, especially waterfowl. Willowhaven is located on 4000E Road, just south of North Street Road (2000N) at 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 6 — Limestone Park, on 1000N Road, west of the Limestone Middle School. Take Illinois Route 17 to Limestone Road (5000W) and take it north to 1000N. Meet in the parking lot near the tennis courts at 8:30 a.m..

In the event that the weather is questionable on the day of the field trip, a decision will be made by 7 a.m.

When in doubt, call or email a KVAS officer any time after 7 a.m. — president David Atkinson, daveannatk@att.net, 815-932-6457; secretary-treasurer Roberta Slaby, robertaslaby@gmail.com, 815-937-9889; or field trip chairman John Baxter, Xxjb7z@aol.com, 815-937-5059.

The organization also recommends visiting Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in Indiana for the fall gathering October-December of thousands of migrating sandhill cranes.

Take Illinois Route 114 east from Momence and proceed on Indiana Route 10. Keep going straight (regardless of the route numbers) until you must turn. Then go south (right) for half a mile and turn east again. It is then about 3 miles to Jasper-Pulaski. It is a one hour drive from Momence. It is best to arrive a bit before the sun begins to set.

Atkinson extended thanks to all who participated in the spring bird count on May 5, when 159 species were observed, two shy of the record on 161 from 2009.

The group has set a date of Dec. 29 for the annual Christmas Count, which will be organized again by Jed Hertz, who can be contacted by email at jhh_60910@yahoo.com or by calling 815-937-9530 if you’d like to participate.

Send correspondence to Roberta Slaby, 3956A N. 3000W Road, Bourbonnais, IL, 60914. Make checks payable to Kankakee Valley Audubon Society. KVAS is is an affiliate of the Illinois Audubon Society.

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