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Bruce Hannon Levee Trail in winter



LCF's Mudpuppy Festival is set for Saturday, February 4, from 1 to 4 pm at Monarch Events Center in Monticello. We'll have crafts, games, activities, and face painting. Kids can learn about the amazing mudpuppy salamander, mussels, and other wildlife LCF helps to protect. Food will be available from Holly's Country Kitchen, plus drinks from Dirt Pour Traveling Bar. A donation of $5/individual or $10/family is recommended.

Mudpuppy illustration

An Illinois tree stump has attracted a phenomenal variety of wintering raptors, including two rare Prairie Falcons. Enjoy the premiere of this new documentary at the Virginia Theatre on Sunday, February 19, at 3 pm. Come at 2 pm to mingle with local conservation community members (free snacks/cash bar). Hosted by Grand Prairie Friends and the Illinois Audubon Society, with partners including LCF. RSVP required.

Learn what's so unusual about the mudpuppy salamander, and watch our video of a mudpuppy survey in action at the Sangamon River in Allerton Park. Mudpuppies have also been found in LCF's Sangamon River Corridor Reserve. LCF's Mudpuppy Festival celebrates all of the wonderful wildlife and natural lands that LCF is working to protect  — especially the unique and fascinating mudpuppy salamander!  Photo by Alex Lourash.

Mudpuppy from the Sangamon River, by Alex Lourash
DACC student volunteers at Mouth of Jordan Reserve

LCF's newest board member, Dr. Wendy Brown, has taught microbiology and biology at Danville Area Community College since 2002. A strong advocate of learning through experience, she brought a group of students to our Mouth of Jordan Reserve in October. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and her Ph.D. in microbiology from Oregon State University. Welcome, Dr. Brown! Photo by Fran Harty; Dr. Brown, front row, center

  • Feb 19, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Virginia Theatre, 203 W Park Ave, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    An Illinois tree stump has attracted a phenomenal variety of wintering raptors, including two rare Prairie Falcons. Mingle with local conservation community members and enjoy this free film premiere. Sponsored by Grand Prairie Friends and the Illinois Audubon Society. RSVP required.
Winter hike on LCF Bruce Hannon Levee Trail

Follow a unique raised trail to the Sangamon River and our floodplain forest restoration. Visit the Sangamon River Corridor Reserve near Monticello.

Floodplain at Sangamon River Corridor Reserve

LCF works to ensure a future with abundant clean water by focusing on rivers, wetlands, and groundwater.

Phoebe bird in east central Illinois

All creatures who share our Illinois home benefit from LCF's work to connect and improve natural lands and waters.

LCF freshwater mussel survey in Sangamon River

LCF offers opportunities to encounter nature nearby, inspiring wonder and a future commitment to preservation.

Coyotes, mink, busy beavers, a bobcat, and a bunch of turkeys! They've all been caught on camera at our Sangamon River Corridor Reserve.

Be part of our promise to preserve natural lands forever.

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