April Tree of the Month 2024

NLI’s Legacy Tree Program announces the April Tree of the Month is the Bebb Willow (Salix bebbiana), Height: 27 feet 3-inches, Crown Spread: 20 feet 9.5 inches, Circumference: 32-inches. This legacy tree may not be large, but it sure is for its kind! Bebb Willow is a...

Willowy Wonderland: Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek has 8

Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek has eight different willow species and you should plant some, too! By Alan Branhagen, NLI Executive Director I had my first site visit to Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek on Friday, August 4 (2023). It is a wetland wonderland with...

Open House at Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek

We invite you to come explore the 387-acre Lost Flora Fen on Raccoon Creek during this Open House from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. when we will have ongoing guided tours and wagon rides, or you can walk around on your own. Easy hiking. Dress for the weather and wear...

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...

New PSCC Director Visits NLI Preserves

Where It All Began By Cynthia Kanner, Executive Director, Prairie State Conservation Coalition Just a week after starting my new dream-job with Prairie State Conservation Coalition (PSCC) on January 2nd, I visited Kerry Leigh, a longtime PSCC Board member. For those...
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