Sandhill Cranes Return in February

Sandhill cranes returned to northern Illinois in early February. The first one was seen at Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Ill. on Feb. 11, 2024. Yes, it’s early in the season, but not unheard of. Since then there have been scores if not hundreds of Sandhill...

Conklin Preserve and the Adjacent Carleton Easements

Field Notes from Executive Director Alan Branhagen On Friday, October 27, 2023 NLI Stewardship Director Zach Grycan, Restoration Ecologist Tyler Pellegrini, and NLI Volunteer Martin Kehoe led me through a site visit of the Richard Conklin Preserve and its adjacent...

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,...
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