Head to Tawny Oaks Field Station for Birdwatching

We’re in the full swing of spring with summer coming up fast, which means it’s prime time for birdwatching. The Singing Woods Nature Preserve is located in the Peoria Parks District, which is packed with tons of wildlife and views of nature, and if you head to the Tawny Oaks Field Station soon, you’ll be able to join the park for its Songbird Mania event–all residents of the Peoria area are invited to come and revel in the pristine, untouched scenery of the nearby preserve.

The official date for the Songbird Mania event is May 20, but you can go any time during the next few months to experience the beauty of central Illinois’s native songbirds. Park officials recommend that visitors show up in the morning around 9:30 a.m. in order to get the most out of the day. Plus, if you get tired of birdwatching, the Tawny Oaks Field Station is a new facility that provides prairie restoration, restrooms, a handicap-accessible trail, and the entrance into the Singing Wood Nature Preserve’s trail system.

A few more tips: the area along the creek off Ivy Lake Road is a hot spot for migratory birds. Spring is excellent for spotting warblers, while summer offers several species of woodpeckers, owls, tanager, waterthrush, and more. Head to Tawny Oaks Field Station near us here at Mangold Ford for an experience out in the wilderness that you won’t forget.

Fun Outdoor Winter Activities

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Make friends with the snow this winter!

Winter is one of the harshest seasons of the year but it doesn’t have to trap you indoors this year! There are plenty of activities for kids and adults to take part in outdoors. Bundle up and head out for a good old fashioned snowball fight. Here are a few fun outdoor winter activities recommended by us here at Mangold Ford. Stay warm out there!

  • Ice Skating – Ice skating is a fantastic winter pastime and, if you’re lucky enough to have a lake or pond near you, is affordable for most families. Take the kids out to the rink and teach them to hit the ice. They could find a new hobby they’ll love well into adulthood!
  • Painting – Painting is an activity you can do both inside and out. Snow painting, however, generally requires you to be outside. Take the kids, give them a spray bottle full of colored water and let them paint the yard! Add the desired food coloring to the water to create a rainbow the entire neighborhood will envy.
  • Shoveling – When all else fails, give back to the community by shoveling everything. Clear sidewalks, uncover driveways, and clear the area in front of local businesses. Making it easier for people to get around is a great thing to do during winter!