2018 Wildflower Walkabout Series
Co-Sponsored by: Natural Land Institute/Severson Dells Nature Center
SDNC: 815/335-2915 NLI: 815/964-6666
Come experience the north central Illinois landscape. Walk where flowers carpet the forest floor and birds fill the air. Severson Dells Nature Center and the Natural Land Institute are the organizing agencies of the event, with local groups providing leaders from their organizations. All walks begin at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16 Howard D. Colman Dells Nature Preserve
Greg Keilback of Byron Forest Preserve District will lead this hike on property owned and managed by NLI. This 96-acre Nature Preserve is located along Hall Creek, southwest of Rockford. One of the attractive features of this preserve is a series of cliffs known as the dells. Many unique plants restricted to limestone and dolomite outcrops are found here, as well as some northern relict plants. The floral display in the upland woods is one of the best in Winnebago County. Aldo Leopold and Paul Riis conducted some early deer studies in this preserve in the mid 1930’s. Located near the intersection of East Severson Road and North Weldon Road. From Meridian and Montague Road, drive south and turn west onto McGregor Road, turn north onto Weldon Road. Moderate-difficult hiking.
Free to attend. Membership in either or both organizations is encouraged. Please RSVP at http://www.seversondells.com/events/6e6p458amf6jygdmkc6ewc7rd3d7ef or call Severson Dells or the Natural Land Institute.
At a glance full schedule: https://www.naturalland.org/2018-wildflower-walkabout-series/