Fieldtrip to Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, the largest preserve in Champaign County, contains 1,702 acres composed of old hardwood timber, reforested lowlands, grassy meadows, and in-progress prairie restorations. Rich in trails, Middle Fork contains one of the region’s premier Waterfowl Management Areas, and it is also home to a favorite camping area, the Harry L. Swartz Campground.

Join us Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8am for a morning hike through the preserve. Brian Stearns will lead you to the birding hotspots at the North Waterfowl Area, South Waterfowl Area, and Point Pleasant. Enjoy the opportunity to see eagles, wading birds and a variety of other waterfowl. We will wrap-up in time for lunch. Picnic tables are available for those who’d like to pack a sack lunch and eat at the preserve.

Meet at the Activities Center located just before the third pond along the entrance to the campground at 3433 County Rd 2700 E, Penfield, IL 61862. From there we can carpool to other parts of the preserve. The preserve is located about 5 miles north of Route 136 in Penfield.