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Raptors, Lords of the Sky: Eagles, Hawks, Owls and the Ancient Art of Falconry

Program Number: 17874RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/3/2013 - 11/7/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Carbondale, Illinois
Price starting at: $598.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Fierce and fearless, raptors are among the most majestic of flying creatures. Join us to examine their life cycles, habitats, conservation concerns, and rehabilitation with representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Gain unique access to Bald Eagle nest sites with refuge biologists and university researchers, and accompany experts on raptor searches and identification sessions. As a special highlight, encounter the ancient art of falconry with a noted expert.




Highlights

• Take field trips to observe raptors in Shawnee National Forest, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, and Cache River State Natural Area.
• Meet owls, hawks, eagles and more with a wildlife rehabilitator from Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and search for Barred, Screech and Great Horned Owls during an evening owl walk.
• Learn about and experience falconry with a member of the North American Falconers Association.



Activity Particulars

Some walking on uneven terrain.



So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our Birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.




Date Specific Information

11-3-2013

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Coordinated by Land for Learning Institute.




Carbondale

This vibrant college town in southern Illinois is a gateway to the area's highlights, including the Shawnee National Forest, a preserve of magnificent sandstone cliffs, lowland fields and abundant wildlife. The region's hills and valleys also host local vineyards producing high-quality wines.



Accommodations
Lodge located in the heart of Giant City State Park; outdoor seasonal pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
  Makanda, IL 4 nights
 Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Type: Lodge
  Description: Found in the heart of the park is Giant City Lodge. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the park. Multi-hued sandstone and white oak timber were two of the native building materials used. The spacious and historic Lodge has a rustic beauty that creates an atmosphere found nowhere else in Southern Illinois. The Bald Knob dining room, with seating for 200, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with an excellent reputation for food and hospitality. You’re sure to enjoy some of the best fried chicken ever if you choose the specialty of the Lodge, our all-you-can-eat Family Style Chicken Dinner.
  Contact info: 460 Giant City Lodge Rd
Makanda, IL 62958 USA
phone: 618-457-4921
web: giantcitylodge.com
  Room amenities: 2 full beds, privte bath, television, outdoor swimming pool
  Facility amenities: Giant City Lodge has private rooms perfect for your special event, banquets, and meetings. The Lodge also features a historic lounge and bar, gift shop, and guest cabins for a quiet getaway. Outdoor swimming pool, numerous hiking trails, Visitor's Center nearby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $69.00-$105.00 Make reservations with Giant City Lodge. Limited availability
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $69.00-$105.00 Make reservations with Giant City Lodge. Limited availability
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in between 4:00 -5:00 pm. Meet in Lobby at 5:15 pm prior to dinner. You will be staying at Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins that night.
  End of Program:
10:30 am You will be staying at Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on-site for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Makanda, IL
  Nearest city or town:  Carbondale, IL
  Nearest highway: IL Route 13, I-57, I-24.
  Nearest airport:  Williamson County Regional Airport (MWA), Marion, IL.
  From End of Program
  Location: Makanda, IL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. Louis, MO

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
B.A.R.T. Transportation
phone: 800-284-2278
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies $60-$75 per person reduced rate for children
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 

 

Distance:

 

144 miles

   

Shuttle service arrives/departs from the Ramada Inn in Carbondale. You then need to arrange taxi service to Giant City State Park Lodge. Taxi Service phone number: 618-457-8122 and 618-457-8121.

 
Driving Directions
  Chicago, IL Take I-57 south to exit #54, Illinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park. Follow signs to Lodge/Restaurant for parking and check-in
  Indianapolis, In Take I-70 west to Effingham, Il. where you will pick up I-57 at mile #160. Take I-57 south to exit #54, Illinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park. Follow signs to Lodge/Restaurant for parking and check-in
  Kentucky Take I-24 west/north to I-57 (in Illinois). Go North on 1-57 approx. 7 miles to exit #54, Ilinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park.
  St. Louis, MO Take I-64 east to Mt. Vernon, Il. where you will pick up I-57 at mile #95. Take I-57 south to exit #54, Illinois Route 13. Go West on Route 13 approx. 15 miles to Giant City Road. Take Giant City Road South, approximately 12 miles, to Giant City State Park
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation
(Sunday, November 3)
   
 Afternoon: Plan to arrive between 4:00 - 5:00 PM for program registration and check-in. If arriving early, participants can visit the Visitor's Center or walk the trails.
 Dinner: Lodge restaurant
 Evening: Program overview, introductions. Presentation on natural divisions of Southern Illinois.
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: See raptors up close with wildlife rehabilitator.
(Monday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: In Lodge Restaurant
 Morning: Bev Shofstall, from Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, will provide a look into wildlife rehabilitation, specifically with birds of prey. Live hawks, eagles and owls will be studied up close and participants may be able to handle specific birds, although species may vary depending on the time of year.
 Lunch: In the field.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Giant City State Park. Options may include 1 mile hike on chipped trail or viewing from overlook to search for woodpeckers and hawks in flight.
 Dinner: Family style in the Lodge Restaurant
 Evening: Raptor species and identification techniques for use in the field.
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Explore beautiful and diverse cypresss swamp.
(Tuesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: In Lodge Restaurant
 Morning: Field trip to the Cache River Wetlands, including Heron Pond Nature Preserve. Birding and swamp ecology are the focus of this trip. Search for Northern Harrier, several species of woodpeckers, and hawks in migration.
 Lunch: In the field.
 Afternoon: Continuation of Cache River Wetlands field trip. Explore the diversity of bottomland forests and ancient cypress swamps on a flat hike into this primeval ecosystem.
 Dinner: In Lodge restaurant
 Evening: Evening owl prowl. Presentation on owls and evening search and calling for native owl species.
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Get an in-dpeth look at the ancient art of falconry.
(Wednesday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: In Lodge restaurant
 Morning: Field trip to areas within Shawnee National Forest. Ozark limestone bluffs and the Missippi River floodplain offer the opportunity to see numerous raptors. Species may include Sharp-Shinned, Cooper's, and Red-Shouldered hawks, as well as Bald Eagles.
 Lunch: In the field.
 Afternoon: Field excursion to release a rehabilitated bald eagle. Regional wildlife rehabilitator will describe how this eagle was found, injured, and rehabilitated and we will have the opportunity to witness the release of this eagle back into the wild. We will also join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biologist on a behind-the-scenes tour of eagle nesting sites on the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.
 Dinner: In Lodge restaurant
 Evening: Join local singer/songwriter and storyteller Curt Carter as he weaves an evening of songs and stories that reflect his love of rivers and passion for the natural world. His songs will take you from southwestern deserts, to Montana mountains, the rediscovery site of the Ivory-billed woodpecker "Bayou de View" to the Cache River in southern Illinois......the place he calls home.
   
Accommodations: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Interpretive hike within Giant City State Park. Program ends at 10:00 am.
(Thursday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the lodge restaurant.
 Morning: Hike within Giant City State Park to learn about natural and cultural history of this region.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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