Native Milkweeds of Winnebago County and Northern Illinois

The Dozen Native Milkweeds of Winnebago County and Northern Illinois With notes from the original Flora of Winnebago County, Illinois by Egbert Fell (in quotations). Gardening notes by Alan Branhagen: plant the appropriate species to your garden or landscape. We...

March Tree of the Month 2024

NLI’s Legacy Tree Program announces the featured tree of the month for March is a Black Maple (Acer nigrum) growing on the public right-of-way along Moody Road west of Rockton, which measures as the new State Champion! Height: 73 feet, Crown Spread: 78 ft-3 inches,...

NLI’s Legacy Tree Program: January

Announcing NLI’s Legacy Tree Program Nominate a tree with this fillable FORM. Natural Land Institute (NLI) is pleased to announce the introduction of a new initiative to inspire the northern Illinois region to leave a legacy of trees for the enrichment of people,...

Ruff is a First for Nygren Wetland Preserve and Winnebago County

On Tuesday, August 15, we were notified that a Ruff was seen in the big marsh at Nygren Wetland Preserve. Our Exeuctive Director, Alan Branhagen, was able to go there right away to check it out. Thank you to Barbara Williams who identified it and let us know. Many...

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...
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