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Illinois Audubon adds acreage to Lee County sanctuary

January 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

The Illinois Audubon Society has increased the acreage of its new Amboy Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary with a 30-acre addition.

Amboy Marsh, located in southeastern Lee County, is now a 302-acre wetland complex interspersed with black oak sand savannas, sedge meadows and dry sand prairie.

According to Illinois Natural Area Inventory data, Amboy Marsh has unique natural features that attract and host one of Illinois’ highest populations of nesting state-endangered Blanding’s turtles.

Grand Victoria Foundation and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation provided grants to fund the initial purchase and restoration of Amboy Marsh.

The new 30-acre purchase was funded through the Illinois Audubon Society’s land acquisition fund.

The Sanctuary opened to the public Oct. 13 and features a 2.5 mile marked trail.

The Sanctuary is located at 1701 Mormon Road in Amboy and is open dawn to dusk.

Parking is available at the entrance to the Sanctuary.


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