Sinnissippi Audubon Society offers ‘Birding for Beginners’ May 16 at Rock Cut

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Sinnissippi Audubon Society will lead a “Birding for Beginners” event at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, at Rock Cut State Park, 7318 Harlem Road, Loves Park.

The spring migration is in full swing. Many warblers, vireos, thrushes, orioles, sparrows and other migratory birds are moving though the area. Local experts will offer pointers about how to identify different birds.

You do not need to be a master birder to join the group — people of all skill and interest levels are welcome.

Hikers will spend about one to two hours in the field traveling over easy to moderate terrain. Bring sturdy walking shoes, a water bottle, binoculars (if you have them), and any bird identification books you may have. Dress for being out of doors for the duration of the hike.

The group will meet at the concessions building at Rock Cut State Park at 6 p.m. This event is free.

The National Audubon Society was founded in 1905 to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. The organization is named in honor of John James Audubon, an American ornithologist and naturalist who catalogued and described the birds of North America in the mid-1800s. The Sinnissippi Chapter of the Audubon Society was founded in the 1970s and is committed to wildlife preservation in the Rockford region.

Posted May 11, 2012

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