LaSalle Library plans bird-watching hike


LaSALLE ­– The LaSalle Public Library is hosting a guided bird watching hike at Starved Rock State Park, with hike leaders Tom Williams and Don Goerne, on Saturday, May 14, from 7:30-10 a.m. The hike is for adults only.

The hike will begin by the bird feeding area, near the sidewalk next to the Starved Rock Visitor Center and will be approximately two miles round-trip to Wildcat Canyon. Williams and Goerne, as hike leaders, will discuss bird calls and the art of bird watching during the hike. Registered participants are reminded to dress for hiking. There will be a limited supply of binoculars available; participants will be encouraged to bring their own for the hike, along with a bottle of water. The Starved Rock Visitor Center, along with restrooms, will be closed at the start of the hike but will open later in the morning.

Williams has been a member of the Starved Rock Audubon since its inception in 1969. He is an avid birder and conducts the area’s bird counts every Christmas and Spring. He is also a volunteer and member of the Starved Rock Foundation at Starved Rock State Park. Goerne has been fascinated by birds and nature in general for over 50 years.

The program is free and open to the adult public. Registration is required and is limited to 30 participants. Participants are encouraged to arrive at the Park by 7:15 a.m. to begin promptly by 7:30 a.m. To confirm that the hike is a “go,” for May 14, the Library will confirm via email with all registered participants by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13. 

To register, follow the link – https://bit.ly/3EATyIQ.

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