Sand Ridge Audubon Society plans ‘eagle watch’

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Information provided by the Sand Ridge Audubon Society

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (January 17, 2022) – The local Audubon chapter which meets at Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland/Calumet City has scheduled a field trip to Starved Rock State Park — a very popular eagle observation site — on Sunday, February 5.

When the area water ways are frozen, eagles like to gather near the open water by the nearby dam on the Illinois River to catch fish. This is a particularly excellent area for eagle observation.

Those going on the field trip will meet in Highland — then Lansing — at around noon, and head toward Starved Rock. The group will arrive about 2 p.m. Those interested can carpool or coordinate their arrival to meet up with the rest of the group.

There are several places the group will stop to look for eagles once near the Illinois River region. The group will leave to return at about 4 or 4:30. The plan is to stop at R-Place Restaurant in Morris on the way back for dinner and friendly conversation.

Audubon Society meetings

The Sand Ridge Audubon Society Chapter meets monthly on the first Fridays of the months at 7 p.m., September thru June (unless that day falls on a holiday weekend, in which case it moves to the next week). Please note the April Meeting will be on Friday April 14 due to the observance of Good Friday.

Our guest speaker for February 3’s meeting will be Rex Burris sharing about his first year experience with Solar Energy on his house; the cost, his savings, etc.

Things happening at Sand Ridge Nature Center

  • Free Wellness in the Woods: Saturday, January 21, 1:30 p.m. — Combat the winter blues with this guided walk and learn about the sun’s ability to boost your mood. Snowshoes will be provided if conditions allow. Registration Required. Call Sand Ridge at 708-868-0606
  • Candelight Walk: Friday, January 27, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Join us for a candlelight walk. Registration required: Call Sand Ridge at 708-868-0606
  • Nature Of Love: Friday, February 10, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. — Join us for s’mores around the fire while learning about friendship, family and love among our local wildlife. Registration Required: Call Sand Ridge at 708-868-0606

Sand Ridge Nature Center is located at 15891 Paxton Avenue in South Holland.

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