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Join Doug Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist with the Field Museum’s Keller Science Action Center and Illinois Audubon Board Member, for a tour of the Sue and West Dixon Waterfowl Refuge in Putnam County. The Refuge, a 3,000-acre mosaic of lakes, marshes, seeps, savannas, and prairies, is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating waterfowl. See Checklist.
We’ll start out by climbing the 30-foot Arthur A. Nolan Jr. Observation Tower for a panoramic view of migrating waterfowl. From there our adventure will continue by hiking, as time of allows, one or more of these three trails:
- Marquis Oak Ridge Trail: a 2.7-mile crushed-gravel trail through diverse prairies and wetlands to the Oak Ridge marsh and savanna complex in the site’s interior
- Prairie–Wetland Boardwalk: ½ mile
- Seep Trail: 1-mile trail through rich woodland and a rare wetland seep habitat.
Doug will also share the amazing history of the site and the Wetland Initiatives goal to restore levels of biodiversity approaching what was once typical of the Illinois landscape prior to European settlement.
Trip Leader: Doug Stotz, The Field Museum and Illinois Audubon Society Board of Directors
Cost of trip includes lunch, snacks and water
Maximum Field Trip Capacity: 10
Pre-trip Zoom Meeting. A short pre-trip zoom meet-up with trip leaders and related experts will be scheduled the week of the event. More details regarding this and other information necessary for the trip will be emailed to registrants.
Yellow-headed blackbird photo courtesy of Gary Sullivan, The Wetlands Initiative