This year the birds are back by the thousands according to Mike Purpura, the Illinois State Liaison for the Recreational Aviation Foundation. Mike invites our members to this one-of-a-kind event — the Migratory Bird Fly-in, Saturday, March 16, 2019. That’s right – fly your bird to the charming town of Havana, IL, land at their grass strip and spend a fun day in the company of other bird loving pilots.
“We are gearing up for our Annual Migratory Bird Fly-in at 9I0 Havana, IL on March 16th. Attendees will have a guided tour of the Emiquon Wildlife Refuge and they will hear first hand how the aerial bird surveys are done. This will be a fun and informative day with a great lunch to top it off. Dress warm and bring your binoculars and telephoto lenses.”
Canadian geese, snow geese, trumpeter swans, pelicans and ducks numbering in the hundreds to hundreds of thousands make up one of North America’s most spectacular migrations.
Arrive at Havana Regional Airport (9i0) by 9:00 a.m. Early arrivals will be treated to a pancake and sausage breakfast. You will be transported to the
Emiquon Wildlife Refuge where you will have the opportunity to see and photograph these birds. A wildlife biologist will explain the ecosystem that supports them, their habits and migratory patterns.
Enjoy a wonderful lunch at the Big Horse Winery then return to the airport for your flight home. $50.00 covers transportation and lunch. Weather and birds are unpredictable, dress appropriately and be prepared. 100LL is available on field.
When landing at this airport turn on all lights and strobes.
Contact Bob Martin at 309-253-3300 or Mike Purpura at 630-936-3282 with questions.