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Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Teams: Moraine Hills State Park & Volo Bog State Natural Area
Things to do this Winter
Of Bogs and Books: December 2020, January and February 2021
Shutterbugs of Volo Bog
Walk with a Naturalist
Guided Tours of Volo Bog Have Resumed
Annual Photo Contest-The Pictures are up, come & vote for your favorites
So Many Things to do this Winter
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Bird Walk Schedules
Volo Bog State Natural Area,
McHenry Dam & Chain-o-lakes
Bird Walks at Volo Bog State Natural Area LNCI!
Saturdays & Sundays 8:00 a.m. Please reply to register or phone 815-344-1294
With prairie restorations, woodlands, old fields, marshes and of course Volo Bog itself, VBSNA affords birders the opportunity to see a variety of species - 193 species have been documented on site! Often several species are seen and heard even before even leaving the parking lot. Visit http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L322146 to explore our most recent sightings. Bring binoculars and field guides, or borrow from our leaders. Walk is approximately 3 miles and takes from 2 - 3+ hours with weather and luck in birding. Adults and attentive kids ages 6 and older are welcome. Meet in the main parking lot. Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 or email@example.com Group size is limited - Walk-ins welcome if space allows but walk may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior. Co-sponsored, and led by members of, McHenry County Audubon. Visit www.McHenryAudubon.org
The Pictures are up!
VOTE for your favorites at Volo Bog SNA – in our 34th Annual Nature Photo Contest through January 8. We have 179 entries by 20 photographers for another amazing show!
Please observe Covid protocols.
To Register, Contact:
Stacey Iwanicki @ or call 815-344-1294.
Group size will be limited to 15
Walks with a Naturalist at Volo Bog State Natural Area on Wednesdays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Meet Naturalist Stacy Iwanicki in front of the Visitor Center
*Discovering Deerpath & Prairie Ridge Trails: August 26; September 9, 23; October 14, 21
Seldom-travelled, Deerpath and Prairie Ridge Trails are across Brandenburg Road, traversing shrubland, transitional woods and prairie restoration areas. Discover some unique vegetation such as wafer ash, honey locust and hog peanut. A distant view of tamaracks in Pistakee Bog are a highlight.
*Trekking Tamarack View Trail: September 2, October 7
Named for Volo Bog’s hallmark tamarack trees seen off in the distance, TVT loops around the outer periphery of the bog through a variety of habitats including woodland, prairie, marsh, and even a small stream.
*Volo Bog’s Golden Tamaracks Walks: October 29 & November 4
Venture into the heart of Volo Bog just as the Tamarack Trees reach their peak of golden glory! These deciduous conifers lose their needles each year but first give us a spectacular show.
All ages are welcome. Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 or firstname.lastname@example.org Group size is limited - Walk-ins welcome if space allows but walk may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior. We’ll be following COVID protocols so please bring your mask. Please dress for the weather with comfortable hiking shoes and a broad-brimmed hat. Bring (but do not pre-apply) insect repellent.
Walks with a Naturalist at Moraine Hills State Park/McHenry Dam on Thursdays
10:00 am –12:00 pm Meet Naturalist Stacy Iwanicki at locations noted.
*Whitetail Prairie – Hiking the grassy Nature Trail for a leisurely 1.5 miles: August 27, October 1
*Oak Opening – Lake Defiance Trail 3.7 miles so we’ll be getting our exercise!: September 3
*McHenry Dam – Fox River Trail; meet by trail head at south end of parking for 2.0 miles: September 10, October 8
*Northern Woods – We’ll do a turn-around hike for only 1.5 miles: September 24
*Pike Marsh for a leisurely 1.5 mile turn-around hike: October 22
October will focus on the ever-changing fall colors of the prairie & woods!
Naturalist Stacy Iwanicki will lead a discovery of the natural world around us as we wander along the trails practicing our observation skills and learning about the amazing biodiversity in our park. All ages are welcome! Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 or email@example.com Group size is limited - Walk-ins welcome if space allows but walk may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior. We’ll be following COVID protocols so please bring your mask. Please dress for the weather with comfortable hiking shoes and a broad-brimmed hat. Bring (but do not pre-apply) insect repellent.
Guided Tours of Volo Bog are resuming on a very limited basis.
Due to the deteriorated condition of stretches of the Volo Bog Boardwalk, the Volo Bog Interpretive Trail cannot be traversed as a loop. With the necessity to stay spatially distant, we are only allowing entry with an official Volo Bog Naturalist. Group size is limited to 14 people plus the official Naturalist. Masks must be worn for most of the tour.
September 6, 12, 13 , 19, 27
October 10, 17, 18, 31
November 1, 7, 14, 15, 21
December 12, 13, 19
More may be added.
Private Group Tours (7 – 14 people) by appointment. Phone 815-344-1294.
Volo Bog is an amazing ecosystem of rare ferns and mosses, floating trees and carnivorous plants. It is our state’s 25th designated Illinois Nature Preserve and a National Natural Landmark. Serving as an outdoor classroom for nearly 100 years, we just don’t want the people of Illinois to forget what a treasure we all have. Please visit our Friends of Volo Bog for updates on how you can help.