Lee County

Franklin Creek Nature Preserve

This high-quality woods has two access points. The westernmost is at the picnic shelter on Old Mill Rd. just east of Twist Rd. From here there is a paved path that follows the creek for about a mile. Breeding species that can be found along this trail include Barred Owl, Whip-poor-will, Tufted Titmouse, Acadian Flycatcher,

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Lee County - Ogle County

Nachusa Grassland

Nachusa Grassland is a huge area of high-quality sand-hill prairie with many desirable breeding and wintering species. Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Savanna Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Sedge Wren, Bobolink, Horned Lark are all easily found breeding species. Look and listen for Lark Sparrows along the sandy two-track that goes west from the visitor center. Other sandy-scrub

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