5/25 – Audubon-led Bird Walk & Native Plug Planting at Indian Ridge Marsh Community Stewardship Days! 
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See What's Growing On! Photo: IL Soybean checkoff Program/ISA
Bird Walk & Native Plug Planting
May 25th, 2019
Indian Ridge Marsh - 11740 S Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
9am-12pm
Free Event, Free Buses & Free Parking
Join Audubon Great Lakes, Chicago Park District, The Wetlands Initiative and Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program to ‘See What’s Growing On’ at Indian Ridge Marsh Community Stewardship Days!

Immerse yourself in the Calumet Region on May 25th, 2019 to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and view migratory birds on an Audubon-led birdwalk. Then, join staff and volunteers to help increase biodiversity by planting native plugs into the wetlands and wet prairie habitats!
The @IllinoisSoybeanAssociation checkoff program is providing FREE transportation for volunteers to and from the event at five meeting sites across the South and Southeast side of Chicago. 

Bus pickups will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the last return drop-off will depart from Indian Ridge Marsh at 1:30 p.m
5/25 Tentative Schedule 
Bus Arrivals
Bus Route 1: 1st arrival at IRM at 8:40 a.m.; 2nd arrival at IRM at 10:20 a.m.
Bus Route 2: 1st arrival at IRM at 8:25 a.m.; 2nd arrival at IRM at 9:15 a.m.

8:50am-9:05am 1st Welcome, Signing Waivers, Distributing Binoculars
9am-10am Audubon-led Bird Walk
10am-10:15am 2nd Welcome, Safety Talk, Split into Teams of 2-4 to plant flats
10:15am-10:20am Plug Planting Demos 
10:20am-11:50am Planting Native Plugs! 
11:50am-12pm Return Tools/Equipment and Close-out
Bus Departures
Route 1: 1st departure at 12:30 p.m.; 2nd departure at 1:30 p.m.
Route 2: 1st departure at 12:30 p.m.; 2nd departure at 1:30 p.m.


Important Information for Volunteers: 


  • Volunteers should pl​an to meet at Indian Ridge Marsh North Parking lot (11740 S Torrence Ave.)
  • Participants are recommended to dress for the weather, and advised to wear clothing and closed-toed shoes they do not mind getting dirty!
  • All tools, muck boots, gloves, water and snacks will be provided.
  • The event is free and free parking is available.
  • All ages and all levels of experience are welcome to join! 
  • Opportunities to complete volunteer service and learning hours are available. 
  • Participants under the age of 16 must attend with a parent or guardian. 

Bus Route Information: 

Route 1 – First Loop:
Arrives at Bridgeport Coffeehouse, Hyde Park at 7:30 a.m.; departs at 7:40 a.m.
Arrives at Pullman Visitor Center, near historic band shelter at 8 a.m.; departs at 8:10 a.m.
Arrives at Big Marsh (overflow parking lot) at 8:20 a.m.; departs at 8:30 a.m.
Arrives at Indian Ridge Marsh at 8:40 a.m.; departs for second loop at 8:45 a.m.

Route 1 – Second Loop:
Arrives at Bridgeport Coffeehouse, Hyde Park at 9:10 a.m.; departs at 9:20 a.m.
Arrives at Pullman Visitor Center, near historic band shelter at  9:40 a.m.; departs at 9:50 a.m.
Arrives at Big Marsh (overflow parking lot) at 10 a.m.; departs at 10:10 a.m.
Arrives at Indian Ridge Marsh at 10:20 a.m.

Route 2 - First Loop:
Arrives at Vodak-East Side Chicago Public Library at 7:50 a.m.; departs at 8 a.m.
Arrives at Hegewisch Branch Chicago Public Library at 8:10 a.m.; departs at 8:20 a.m.
Arrives at Indian Ridge Marsh at 8:25 a.m.; departs at 8:30 a.m.

Route 2 - Second Loop:
Arrives at Vodak-East Side Chicago Public Library at 8:40 a.m.; departs at 8:50 a.m.
Arrives at Hegewisch Branch Chicago Public Library at 9 a.m.; departs at 9:10 a.m.
Arrives at Indian Ridge Marsh at 9:15 a.m.


For more information, contact Teri Valenzuela, Stewardship Program Associate, Audubon Great Lakes at tvalenzuela@audubon.org.

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Important note: Recognized by The Wetlands Initiative and Audubon as important hemimarsh and ‘secretive marsh bird’ habitat, Indian Ridge Marsh is an ideal preserve to experience wildlife up close and participate in local conservation efforts. This 165-acre wetland is home to a growing number of native plant and bird species thanks to years of collaborative efforts of the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife, Chicago Park District, The Wetlands Initiative, Audubon Great Lakes, several ecological contractors and local conservation activists and volunteers. 
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