13th Annual Gull Frolic
February 15, 2014
Start time- 8:00 a.m.
The Gull Frolic is a unique winter event at Illinois’ premier gulling hotspot, North Point Marina. Bring your binoculars, scope and cold weather gear, and join birders outside of the yacht club to enjoy close study of some of our harder-to-find winter species such as Thayer’s, Iceland and Glaucous Gulls! A variety of waterfowl typically make an appearance too, along with the occasional raptor, owl, or winter finch. Birders wearing bright orange hats will be available to help answer questions along the “boardwalk”.
Whenever you need a break from the outdoors, retreat to the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club that’s just a few feet away from the shore. Birders from all corners of our state come to mingle, relax and drive away the winter doldrums. Coffee, tea and hot-chocolate will be available all day to help us warm up. There will be a presentation in the conference room that’s offered twice (Session A & Session B). The speaker is not yet set but will be announced shortly. The presentation is followed by a hearty lunch!
The $15 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch (including "Sea Gull" stew,) vegetarian chili and more. The registration fee helps defray facility expenses. Any surplus raised will go to the IOS Grant Program which provides money to local researchers and projects that benefit Illinois birds and birding.
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is required for the Frolic. Attendance is limited to 150 people due to fire code regulations at the yacht club. Payment can be made by mail or PayPal.
1) Email Amar Ayyash to register. Include the names of those attending from your party. It’s necessary to do this to confirm the event has not been completely filled.
2) Make checks payable to “Illinois Ornithological Society” and mail to:
7839 W Evan Terrace
Franfort IL, 60423
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Online payment via PayPal (enter the number of attendees you’ll be paying for under “Quantity”):
SPONSORS: The Gull Frolic is hosted by the Illinois Ornithological Society, with sponsorship help from many local bird clubs, organizations and individuals. If your organization or club is interested in sponsoring, please contact Amar. There are a limited number of information tables for sponsoring organizations.
DIRECTIONS: To reach the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club take the I-94 toll road north toward Milwaukee. Exit east (turn right) at Route 173. Continue east and turn left on Sheridan Road (Rt. 137). Proceed north and turn right on 7th Street. Follow the North Point Marina signs to the yacht club Google Map of the Event Location.
Registration fills fast so don’t delay. All are invited. We look forward to seeing you at this fun and enjoyable annual event!