ABOUT YOUR GUIDE
Les Winkeler writes for the Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale and is a contributing writer for Illinois Outdoor News. He has also been inducted into the Illinois Outdoors Hall of Fame.
Les has made his mark as an award-winning outdoors writer and photographer for the past 31 years. His knowledge of the animals of the area, especially the birds and mammals, and his photography skills will help you enjoy the inspiring beauty of Southern Illinois. Les is a lifelong resident of the region, growing up on a farm near Breese, about 75 miles north of Carbondale.
The excursions are designed to give clients optimum opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. The roads you’ll travel were carefully selected to place you directly in wildlife habitat. And, the amount of hiking is geared to individual clients. If mobility is a problem, be assured that these excursions will provide ample viewing and photographic opportunities from the vehicle. These trips are about you: Scenery, dragonflies, wildflowers, butterflies are easily added to the agenda.
Les loves to spend his free time exploring the wilderness and photographing beautiful scenes. While the spring and summer months are amazing for exploration, many cannot deny the beauty of the winter months.