On Thursday, May 16th, The Nature Conservancy’s Tharran Hobson will discuss the rare birds that have returned to the area since the Emiquon restoration project began in 2007. Over 90% of Illinois Threatened or Endangered wetland related bird species and over 60% of all Threatened or Endangered bird species have been recorded in the Emiquon Preserve. The size and variety of habitat at the Preserve remains a beacon for several bird species. The area has become an important migration route and nesting destination for birds.
Dickson Mounds Museum and the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon present Nature Trek, a new “walk & talk” science series on the third Thursday of the month April through September at 6:00 p.m. at the Therkildsen Field Station, located at 11316 N Prairie Road, Lewistown, off of Hwy IL-78. After a brief introduction to a particular topic, the group will trek to different locations on the Emiquon Campus where trip leaders will share their understanding of plants, animals, human history, earth history, and the sky.
Admission is free and registration is not required. All ages are welcome. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear as much of the program will be held outdoors and includes walking on uneven terrain.