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All Conservation

  • Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge

    Owned and operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, this 4,480-acre site contains elements of several habitats: Oak-hickory forest, riparian forest, floodplain shrub, marsh, and open lake. Note the prairie plant display garden at the refuge headquarters. Although known primarily for its waterfowl, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge also attracts Read more [...]

  • Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge

    Emiquon Refuge was established in 1993 to restore and protect wetland habitats at the confluence of the Illinois and Spoon rivers and help fulfill international obligations contained in various migratory bird treaties and conventions. The first tract was purchased on December 29, 1993. The refuge has since grown to approximately Read more [...]

  • Farmdale Reservoir

    Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visitors can use the trails to go hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. No motorized vehicles are allowed. Farmdale provides excellent opportunities for bird watching, wildlife observation and photography. Sections of the Reservoir have been returned to native tall grass prairie, while Read more [...]

  • Wightman Lake Wetland Management Unit

    This 41-acre wetland restoration project was initiated by Ducks Unlimited and then turned over to IDNR. In addition to its benefit to migrating waterfowl, the Wightman Lake project has become a showcase for how naturally functioning ecosystems can be restored on frequently flooded cropland. Tree seedlings were planted across approximately Read more [...]