Winkeler's Wings & Wildlife

For the past 30+ years, Les Winkeler has explored the rivers, lakes, hills, and valleys of the region as the outdoors writer for the Southern Illinoisan and has made his mark as an award-winning outdoors writer and photographer. 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 the region. Let Les lead you on a wildlife adventure through Southern Illinois.




Waterfowl + Wading Birds at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (along with Mermet Lake).
6 hours for 1 person is $250, for 2-3 people is $300
- Binoculars are provided at no cost.
- Camera rental available upon request.
- Photos available online at no charge.


These 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.


Les Winkeler has been photographing wildlife in Southern Illinois for 14+ years. He primarily shoots with a Canon 60D and specializes in long-range, professional-grade lenses. Put Les' experience to work for you exploring the area's woods and waters, searching for songbirds, waterfowl, wading birds, deer, and turkey. Better yet, take home a photographic record of the experience.

Tips for Winkeler's Wings & Wildlife

Want to stay in the vehicle? – If mobility is a problem, be assured these excursions will provide ample viewing and photographic opportunities from the vehicle.

B-Y-O-C – Bring your cameras if you like. If not, Les can outfit you with quality Canon equipment.

Gift Cards – Purchase a gift card for that someone who enjoys the outdoors, wildlife, or photography!


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