Birding Winnebago County

Winnebago County

1 Anna Page Park

Anna Page Park is a Rockford Park District property. A paved roadway runs through the main park creating a loop with a western parking lot on the opposite side of the loop from the entrance.
Address
3102 N. Springfield Ave.
Rockford, Illinois

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2 Ridott Oxbows

The elevated road with wide shoulders gives good viewing of farm fields that can be flooded by the Pecatonica River, particularly in early spring. Waterfowl sometimes congregate in huge numbers.
Address
Rock City Road north of the small town of Ridott
Ridott, Illinois

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3 Blackhawk Park

Waterfowl and Bald Eagles can often be easily viewed from the bridge itself or Blackhawk Park on the south side of the bridge, or from city streets adjacent to the river. The bike path on the west bank provides good viewing points.
Address
115 15th ave.
Rockford, Illinois

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4 Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve

629 heavily wooded acres with areas of replanted prairie on the banks of the Kishwaukee River, one of northern Illinois’ best canoeing rivers.
Address
5360 Mulford Road
Cherry Valley , Illinois
(815) 877-6100
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5 Carl Myrna Nygren Wetland

721 acres of restored savannas, prairies oxbow lakes and floodplain forest. has been restoring prairies, woodlands and wetlands on this beautiful land west of Rockton along Raccoon Creek and the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers.
Address
West Rockton Road
Rockton, Illinois
(815) 964-6666
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6 Ferguson Forest Preserve

Good quality bottomland forest is on both sides of the river.
Address
8602 W Winslow Rd
Durand, Illinois
815-877-6100
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7 Four Lakes Forest Preserve

The original fish hatchery on this site contained four man-made ponds.  When it became a forest preserve the ponds were stocked with several species of fish to provide a fishing opportunity for county residents.
Address
10207 Fish Hatchery Road
Pecatonica, Illinois
(815) 877-6100
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8 Howard's Farm Overlook

A large, privately owned farm occupies the area between the road and the Pecatonica River.
Address
12745 Trask Bridge Road (IL Rte. 70)
Durand, Illinois

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9 Klehm Arboretum Botanic Garden

Paved paths and mowed trails wind through this old nursery-turned-arboretum.
Address
2715 South Main St
Rockford, Illinois
(815) 965-8146
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10 Nygren Wetlands

 The property straddles the old Milwaukee-St. Paul Railroad bed.
Address
3190 West Rockton Road
Rockton, Illinois

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11 Oliver Road

Oliver Road runs west and then turns south, passing through pastures and agricultural fields with marshy patches and oxbows on both sides of the road.
Address

Rockton, Illinois

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12 Pecatonica River Forest Preserve

466 acres of river bottom woodlands and oxbow swamps on the banks of the Pecatonica River. This preserve includes an Illinois Dedicated Nature Preserve.
Address
7260 Judd Road & 14260 Brick School Road.
Pecatonica, Illinois
(815) 877-6100
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13 Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve

The preserve includes fishing access, eight miles of hiking trails and a picnic shelter.
Address
18144 Blair Road, 4550 N. Pecatonica Road & 5750 Best Road
Pecatonica, Illinois
(815) 877-6100
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14 Rock Cut State Park

The 3092 acre park has two man-made lakes - 162 acre Pierce Lake and 60 acre Olson Lake. 40 miles of hiking trails along with mountain biking and equestrian trails give access to all the habitats in the park.
Address
7318 Harlem Road
Loves Park, Illinois
(815) 885-3311
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15 Colored Sands Forest Preserve

This 300 acre preserve on the banks of the Sugar River contains a dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve, the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory and a restored sand prairie.
Address
10602 Haas Road
Durand, Illinois
(815) 877-6100
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16 Sand Bluff Bird Observatory

Address
5209 Haas Rd.
Shirland, Illinois
(815) 871-8483
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17 Severson Dells Nature Center

Outdoor education center with a network of trails.
Address
8786 Montague Rd.
Rockford, Illinois
815-335-2915
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18 Sugar River Alder Forest Preserve

5 miles of hiking trails wind through the forested areas and the remnant prairies.
Address
10255 Haas Road
Shirland, Illinois
(815) 877-6100
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19 Sugar River Forest Preserve

Six miles of trails allow good access to most parts of this very scenic preserve.
Address
10127 Forest Preserve Road
Durand, Illinois
(815) 877-6100
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