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Bird The PreservesSat, Jul 8 • 8 AM - 10 AM

Bird Conservation Success Story

Deer Grove East, Palatine

In early 2017 the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission dedicated the Jens Jensen Grasslands and Woodland Land and Water Reserve. This mosaic of woods, grasslands and wetlands is located within the Jens Jensen Forest Preserve (also known as Deer Grove East) in northwest Cook County, and is adjacent to Deer Grove West Forest Preserve. Together, these parcels total 1,800 acres of Forest Preserves land. The primary natural communities within the Land and Water Reserve are mesic woodland, freshwater marsh, sedge meadow, and an area undergoing habitat restoration as prairie. The site includes more than 100 acres of grasslands that support breeding populations of grassland bird species and hosts 25 bird species recognized as species in greatest need of conservation.

In partnership with Openlands, extensive restoration has been underway at the site since 2007. The area also benefits from long-term, dedicated volunteer stewardship. Restoration efforts have focused on restoring hydrology through disabling drain tiles, controlling invasive species, prescribed fire, and reintroduction of native plants via seeds and plant plugs.  Hear about this  restoration and the birds’ response from Openlands and FPCC staff, and site stewards.

Cost: Free
VenueMore events at Deer Grove East or in Northwest Cook County.

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Deer Grove East
1599 Pepper Tree Dr, Palatine, IL 60067 United States
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County