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Illinois Audubon Society opens new sanctuary

SPRINGFIELD/AMBOY — Amboy Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary welcome celebration begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 13. This event marks the official opening of the sanctuary’s trails for public use. Guests will gather for light refreshments at The Nest, a renewed storage barn.

Information on display includes: An exhibit of the new herbarium, breathtaking photos of plant and animal species taken at the sanctuary, nature photography tips, information on restoration activities already accomplished by the local sanctuary committee and future volunteer opportunities. 

At 2 p.m., Tom Clay, executive director, Illinois Audubon Society, will lead a presentation honoring the people and partnerships of the Amboy Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary.  

“We are so excited to show off the marsh,” said Deb Carey, director, Dixon Park District. “We invite everyone to join us and discover why we are so passionate about this incredible patch of land.”

Immediately following the presentations, visitors may join guided tours to special points of interest along the newly-created Blue Trail. Transportation will be available, or visitors are welcome to walk and enjoy the trail on their own. Tour highlights on the trail will include information on the dragonflies at Orchid Wetland; a stop at Indian Ridge to learn about the Big Marsh, turtle nesting and sandhill cranes; plant identification near Fern Pond at Woodpecker Woods; and information about the six-lined racerunner lizards at Earthstar Flats.

The day will conclude by 4 p.m.

Illinois Audubon Society’s Amboy Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 1701 Mormon Road, Amboy. Driving information and maps are available online at www.illinoisaudubon.org or by calling the office a 217-544-2473.

The mission of the Illinois Audubon Society is to promote the perpetuation and appreciation of native plants and animals and the habitats that support them.  The Illinois Audubon Society is an independent, member supported, not-for-profit, statewide organization.  Founded in 1897, the Society is Illinois’ oldest private conservation organization with over 2200 members, 21 chapters and 15 affiliate groups.   The Illinois Audubon Society has protected over 3300 acres by investing more than $6.6 million to protect land and water throughout Illinois.

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