by Jane Garrison Ward
Location: Lakeland Park, Canton, Illinois
Weather: Partly cloudy, 45 degrees F
This past weekend I attended the annual Illinois Audubon Society Spring Gathering, hosted here in the Illinois valley by the Emiquon Audubon Society. This event was supposed to include access to The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Nature Preserve. However, historic flooding caused the water from the Illinois and Spoon Rivers to overtop Thompson Levee, which surrounds the Emiquon Preserve. Our Saturday morning activities were moved to drier locations. My group, Group C, explored Lakeland Park in Canton, Illinois. Photos below are from the walk we took in the morning. I didn't complete the walk through Big Creek Park, a heavily wooded area, which I understand was outstanding in the number of bird species they encountered, but here are the photos from the early morning walk at Lakeland.