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Nature Walk at Crabtree Nature Center

Let's go for a walk/hike at Crabtree Nature Center:  
1,182 acres of woodland, wetland and prairie provides a rest stop along the migratory bird highway. 260 species have been recorded using these habitats, with at least 89 species breeding onsite. Bird watchers can stroll through the trails to view birds along the way or stop at the blind to view the hosts of waterfowl in spring and fall. The official website:  http://fpdcc.com/nature-centers/crabtree-nature-center

We can meet at the entrance walkway of the nature center right at the parking lot.   I will be the one awaiting you at 9:00am holding a monopod / camera/ telephoto lens in hand.  We will wait until 9:10am for the late arrivals. Together  we will check out the visitor center first and then continue on the trails..  I have been there only once and I believe it's about 3-4 miles or a bit more. We can stop at certain interest points to take photos or watch birds.  I suggest the use of bug spray, long pants, and comfortable hiking shoes, and a hat.  Do not wonder off of the trail paths. Do not feed the wild life. And we should walk as a group to avoid losing one another.  

As we will be in the nature, by participating in this meetup, all participants must agree to be solely responsible for their own safety, therefore completely releasing the hosts and organizers of this meetup from all legal liabilities- i.e.  bug bites, snake bites, poison ivy, ticks, bird / other animal attacks, and etc... 

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  • Vadim

    Just saw your photos, Piroz. The each photo shot is a treasure!

    1 · September 25

    • Pirooz

      Thanks Vadim.

      September 26

  • Pirooz

    Beautiful morning, gorgeous location with lots big birds, among nice and friendly members... As a bonus we saw a majestic Bald Eagle, Could not be any better.

    1 · September 25

  • Pirooz

    According to the weather station we will have a partly sunny morning tomorrow during our meet up... The rain won't start until 4:00pm. Looking forward to see all of you tomorrow at 9am. It should be a very pleasant walk. Do not forget to spray yourselves with bug spray!

    2 · September 24

    • Richard B.

      Sorry for the late RSVP change but some family issues came up last minute..... but enjoy your hike and see you next time!

      1 · September 25

  • Ken

    Basically sounds like a nice Idea... But to be out in Barrington Hills, IL @ 9AM on a Sunday, kind a' takes a lot of the fun out of it ???

    September 19

    • Vadim

      Just making sure that only those who are truly interested will come! :)

      1 · September 19

  • Pirooz

    During this meetup we will first visit the Visitor Center, and then go down the trail paths through the wooded areas, by the pond, the marshes, and the prairies. Toward the end we will check out the frog ponds and finally stop at the bird blind overlooking the Crabtree Lake habitat. Please make sure to spray yourselves with bug spray the morning of this meet up as there will be mosquitos and other bugs on the trails. Also long sleeves, long pants and hats are recommended.

    1 · August 30

    • Pirooz

      For those who are interested in photography, we will see a lot of smaller birds, frogs, squirrels, chipmunks and other wild life to photograph relatively at a closer distance to us, but the bigger birds such as Egrets and Herons will be at a greater distance from us requiring 300mm or 400mm lens or even larger on a crop sensor camera. For these birds the longer focal length is better because they will keep their distance and there is no way to get closer due to the logistics. We can photograph them flying, feeding, interacting with one another or just standing in the waters.

      1 · August 30

    • Pirooz

      You may wish to also photograph the beautiful landscapes, the butterflies, dragon flies, grasshoppers in the prairies, and the wild flowers throughout the trails. If you have questions or wish suggestions about camera settings to catch sharp photos of the birds during flight, please feel free to ask me that morning.

      1 · August 30

  • Pirooz

    For those of you that are interested in photography and like to carry a bunch of lenses, I recommend you to bring a wide angle lens for the landscape shots, a macro lens for the close ups, and the longest telephoto lens you have for the wildlife, not a must. You can bring whatever lens/ camera you own and are willing to carry, or leave your camera at home... I am bringing my longest telephoto lens with a monopod. On my last trip there, I saw many Egrets, a few Green Herons. many Red Wing Blackbirds, Robins, Ducks, Frogs, chipmunks, squirrels, and a even a snake! We may even see an Osprey or an Eagle as they have been seen at that location before, no guarantees!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv-AiO4NmrA

    1 · August 3

  • Pirooz­ changed the date and time from Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM to Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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