Rockton Pelican Fest 2024

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...

Nygren Wetland Preserve: A Birding Hotspot!

By Alan Branhagen, Executive Director, Natural Land Institute I remember visiting (with permission) what is now Nygren Wetland Preserve thirty years ago when it was a farm: it was during a Christmas Bird Count and we saw over 6,000 European Starlings raiding the...

New Bird for Winnebago County: Limpkin!

On Saturday, August 5th I received a call from NLI volunteer, Barbara Williams, that she had just observed a Limpkin in Raccoon Creek at the Nygren Wetland Preserve.  As a birder, I know what a Limpkin is and WOW!  The network of bird alerts went out to area birders...

Rockton Pelican Fest 2023

Celebrate the annual return of the American White Pelicans and other migrating birds to the Rock River. A free family friendly event in downtown Rockton, Ill. and at nearby Nygren Wetland Preserve (starting at the wildlife overlook, 3714 W. Rockton Rd.) Together,...

New Year’s Day Hike

In Partnership with 815 Outside A Cocoa and Company Event Sun., Jan 1, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. | FREE Start the New Year with NLI and 815 Outside as we partner to bring you a New Year’s Day Hike at the William & Gayle Keefer Nature Reserve. Bring your favorite warm...
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