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Rockton Pelican Fest 2024

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and the annual return of the American White Pelicans with other migrating birds to the Rock River region. Together, Natural Land Institute, Sinnissippi Audubon Society, the Village of Rockton and JR Finally Art Studio & Gallery present a day filled with activities and sights sure to delight everyone.
Learn about and meet some interesting birds while visiting several educational / environmental booths. Stroll along the historic streets, shops and restaurants of downtown Rockton for an entertaining day.

At Nygren Wetland Preserve 10am – 4pm

Visit Nygren Wetland Preserve’s Wildlife Overlook at 3714 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton, where you will be greeted by a knowledgeable volunteer to talk about birds and other wildlife throughout the event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Guided tours of the preserve start here at:
  • 11:00 a.m. – led by Rick Barton
  • 12:30 p.m. – led by Rick Barton
  • 2:00 p.m.  – led by Zach Grycan
For you birders: Don’t miss the Early Bird Walk at 7:30am meeting at the Nygren Wetland Overlook presented by Sinnissippi Audubon Society. Led by Alan Branhagen, NLI Executive Director. Get there a little early so you don’t miss the start of it.

In Downtown Rockton 10am to 4pm


11-11:45 “Hoo” Haven & Pelican
11:45- Visit the Pelican
10:30am: World Bird Migratory Day and Peregrine Falcons
Sinnissippi Audubon Society, Jennifer Kuroda
12:30pm: Trash Talk: Recycling
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, Corinne Sosso
1:30pm: Life in Art: Using Pelicans to Study Dinosaurs
Burpee Museum of Natural History, Ryan Dewey
2:15pm: Creating a Pollinator Friendly Garden & Conservation@Home, Natural Land Institute, Kim Johnsen

Outdoor BOOTHS in downtown Rockton:

  • Burpee Museum
  • Buckets n Blooms
  • Downtown Fancy Franks
  • Forest Preserves of Winnebago County
  • GAIA Environmental Club (Hononegah HS)
  • Hoo Haven
  • JR Finally Art Studio & Gallery
  • Natural Land Institute
  • Severson Dells Nature Center
  • Sinnissippi Audubon Society
SIDEWALK CHALK ART with Melinda Cook: 11-2
Bird Cards, collect all of them to enter to win LEGO ICON Kingfisher
Rockford Art Guild
Whitman Post Elementary School
Wood Carving Demo by Don Hyson
Win a pelican watercolor by Jean Apgar


Sandhill Crane ($500): Northern Regional Groundwater Protection Planning Committee, Sinnissippi Audubon Society
Great Egret ($250): DairyHaus, Severson Dells Nature Center
Balsley Printing & Mailing
Buckets n Blooms
Forest Preserves of Winnebago County
The Gem Shop
Healing Touch Acupuncture
“Hoo” Haven Wildlife & Education Center
JR Finally Art Studio & Gallery
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful
KISS Glass
M & M Dari Ripple
Natural Land Institute
Pickadilly Antiques
Sand Bluff Bird Observatory
Sugar Britches Old Fashioned Candy
The Village of Rockton
Wild Birds Unlimited, Roscoe/Rockford



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Main and S Blackhawk
Rockton, IL, IL 61072 United States
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