Loyola University Restoration & Ecology Center (LUREC) (Saturday, 2:00 -3:30 p.m.)


The LUREC (Loyola University Restoration & Ecology Center) is a converted monastery. This 98-acre retreat center is within rolling oak woods and wetlands. It includes Parker Fen, one of the highest quality natural areas in McHenry County. Students are leading an ongoing restoration effort. More than 150 bird species have been sighted including many spring migrants and a resident pair of pileated woodpeckers. As habitat improves more and more species keep turning up. The local Audubon chapter is always thrilled to hike the grounds during migration, expecting delight.  Hike the grounds with Saturday night’s guest speaker Rev. Stephen Mitten.



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