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Departments: Forest Preserve

DeKalb County Forest Preserve

Sannauk Shelter House Renters.

We apologize for misplacing some Sannauk Forest Preserve future shelter house rental reservation permits and dates for late 2023 and for 2024. To confirm your shelter house reservation, please call the Sannauk Forest Preserve Manager at  815-901-5787 or the Forest Preserve District main office at 815-895-7191.  Thank you.


Note: Some sections of roads are closed during the Winter months at Sannauk and Chief Shabbona Forest Preserves.


The mission of the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District is to acquire lands in order to preserve, protect, restore and restock the flora, the fauna and the natural beauties of such lands, in their natural state and condition, for the education and recreation of our citizens.

The following short paragraphs are an attempt to express a few of the details and a bit of the essence of the various DeKalb County Forest Preserves. We live in a thriving agricultural community that was, 160 years ago, an ocean of prairie grass, with scattered islands of woods and oak savannah’s. These preserves serve as small living museums that give us the opportunity to study and reflect on the past, add serenity and beauty to our present, offer many recreational and educational opportunities and plan thoughtfully for the future.

New Education Programs, Camp Russell Registration and Volunteer Opportunities and Public Events have been posted!


Local birder and photographer Ken Reinert led the Afton Spring Bird Walk.

It was a fun outing, as we had 10 in our party!

66 species counted between 9-11 am!

Some highlights included Sora, Green Heron, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Marsh Wren, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting

Special thanks to Karen Lund for her assist with this walk.


 

TERRY HANNAN
Superintendent

Phone: 815-895-7191
thannan@dekalbcounty.org

Legislative Center
200 N. Main Street
Sycamore, IL 60178
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Please call to schedule a visit

TERRY HANNAN
Superintendent

Phone: 815-895-7191
thannan@dekalbcounty.org

Legislative Center
200 N. Main Street
Sycamore, IL 60178
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Please call to schedule a visit

Sannauk Shelter House Renters.

We apologize for misplacing some Sannauk Forest Preserve future shelter house rental reservation permits and dates for late 2023 and for 2024. To confirm your shelter house reservation, please call the Sannauk Forest Preserve Manager at  815-901-5787 or the Forest Preserve District main office at 815-895-7191.  Thank you.


Note: Some sections of roads are closed during the Winter months at Sannauk and Chief Shabbona Forest Preserves.


The mission of the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District is to acquire lands in order to preserve, protect, restore and restock the flora, the fauna and the natural beauties of such lands, in their natural state and condition, for the education and recreation of our citizens.

The following short paragraphs are an attempt to express a few of the details and a bit of the essence of the various DeKalb County Forest Preserves. We live in a thriving agricultural community that was, 160 years ago, an ocean of prairie grass, with scattered islands of woods and oak savannah’s. These preserves serve as small living museums that give us the opportunity to study and reflect on the past, add serenity and beauty to our present, offer many recreational and educational opportunities and plan thoughtfully for the future.

New Education Programs, Camp Russell Registration and Volunteer Opportunities and Public Events have been posted!


Local birder and photographer Ken Reinert led the Afton Spring Bird Walk.

It was a fun outing, as we had 10 in our party!

66 species counted between 9-11 am!

Some highlights included Sora, Green Heron, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Marsh Wren, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting

Special thanks to Karen Lund for her assist with this walk.


 

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