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Illinois Department of Natural Resources
February 2021
February 24, 2021
Photo by Michael R. Jeffords

Birds of Prairie Ridge State Natural Area

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By Kathy Andrews Wright

Film Date:

January 7, 2021

Speaker:

Bob Gillespie from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Produced by:

Laura Kammin

Kathy Andrews Wright

Edited by:

Sarah Marjanovic

Questions received in advance of the conversation are listed below, with the time noted should you desire to fast-forward to a topic of interest.

00:45 The grassland management practices utilized at Prairie Ridge State Natural Area benefit more than the Illinois-endangered greater prairie-chicken.

02:24 The Illinois-endangered short-eared owl is a winter visitor at Prairie Ridge State Natural Area.

05:21 Two other endangered bird species that can be found in the grasslands are the Henslow’s sparrow and northern harrier. 

07:43 What other birds can be found on Prairie Ridge’s prairie wetlands?

10:57 What other birds can be commonly found at Prairie Ridge?

13:15 Tips for planning a visit to Prairie Ridge State Natural Area. 

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For more information on Illinois wildlife:

  • wildlifeillinois.org
  • outdoor.wildlifeillinois.org
  • deer.wildlifeillinois.org
  • huntillinois.org

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Kathy Andrews Wright is retired from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources where she was editor of Outdoor Illinois magazine. She is currently the editor of Outdoor Illinois Wildlife Journal and Illinois Audubon magazine.

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