JWP sponsors several outdoor events throughout the year. These outings provide an opportunity for participants to see nature through the lens of an experienced birder and, therefore, observe wildlife otherwise overlooked or unknown. Bird calls are also identified and many interesting discussions always arise. Come, bring a friend, grandchild or neighbor, and find out what you’ve been overlooking. Although binoculars are not required they will enhance your appreciation of the wildlife identified and are highly recommended.
For Programs at Sugar Grove Nature Center: Directions from Bloomington/Normal, Illinois to Sugar Grove if not carpooling: Take I-55 South (toward St. Louis). Take the Shirley exit (the first exit) #154. Turn right at the top of the off-ramp, on County Road 34. Turn left at the T-intersection onto Old Route 66. Proceed approximately 4.5 miles to Funks Grove Road. Turn right and go over railroad tracks, and take first left. At this point, there will be signs for Sugar Grove Nature Center. Follow this road. At the Dead End sign, continue straight. The road will open up to prairie and you will see the nature center buildings on your right. When you come to the gravel lane, turn right, and proceed to the parking lot.
Ewing Park Bird Walks
The walks start at 8:00 a.m. We meet at the Towanda Avenue parking lot. The walks usually last until about 9:30, but you are free to leave at any time. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. The walks are open to anyone and are a good introduction to bird watching. The walks will be an opportunity to see hummingbirds, sparrows, thrushes, warblers, vireos, and other songbirds that pass through Ewing Park during the fall migration. Here are the dates for the walks.