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Bundle up and explore Southern Illinois nature through birding walks

A graphic of a bird flying through snow above pine trees.

Murphysboro, Ill. – Winter and early spring are wonderful times to explore local nature. Join Master Naturalist Lily Glaeser for a leisurely walk to admire birds!  Learn to identify our feathered friends in some of our local sites. All ages and experiences are welcome, and binoculars are available upon request.

The walks will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Feb. 22 - Green Earth Chautauqua Bottoms
  • Feb. 25 - Crab Orchard Visitor Center
  • March 3 - Giant City State Park Indian Creek Trail
  • March 7 - Green Earth Brush Hill Nature Preserve

Winter bird walks are sponsored by University of Illinois Extension. They are supported through a partnership with Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Giant City State Park, Green Earth, Southern Illinois Audubon SocietyShawnee Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society, and SIU Carbondale

To register, please visit Online registration for each event will close the Tuesday before each scheduled event. Registration is required in case the event needs to be canceled due to inclement weather. If you have questions about the program, please contact Lily Glaeser at or Kim Rohling at

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, please contact Kim Rohling at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

SOURCE:  Kim Rohling, horticulture educator, University of Illinois Extension,, (618) 687-1727

WRITER: Heather Willis, marketing and communications coordinator,, (618) 357-2126

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