A tour and birding trip to The Conservation Foundation's Dayton Bluffs Preserve will be let by TCF's President/CEO Brook McDonald from 9-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2017. This event is held in conjunction with Illinois Audubon Society's Bald Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock Lodge.
The Dayton Bluffs Preserve is 253 acres of woods, 14 ravine systems and restored fields towering more than 100 feet above the Fox River. A variety of habitats attract many bird species including pileated woodpeckers and bald eagles. Restoration effforts in the woods is ongiong and focuses on oak woodlands and various forest successional stages. A special trip to the Late Woodland Period Native American burial mounds is included.
DIrections: The preserve is located at 2997 Illinois Route 71 in Ottawa. The access drive is off of Route 71, near the silver silos that are just south of the I-80 interchange and north of Hank's Restaurant. There will be a sign at the access drive. Guests are advised to drive down the lane back to the parking area on the Dayton Bluffs Preserve site.
Registration is limited to 25 people. Guests are advised to dress for the weather and be aware that there is a significant amount of walking involved, with some of the walking tour on fairly steep slopes.