Park News & Writings

Let the Spring Songbird Migration BEGIN!

March 17, 2015

The migration of songbirds who spend their winters in Mexico, South America and other places where insects are available all year round take place every Spring.  To the birder (or photographer like me), this is a very exciting time of year.   If you are looking in the right places and are patient and diligent enough to try, you can witness many new species! There are at least 6,000 species of songbirds that exit in the Read More

Icefalls at Starved Rock

January 29, 2015

Ice falls at Starved Rock are one of the most beautiful, natural works of art that happen every year! First…many of us might wonder how the ice falls are formed.  Here is some information that I found online about this very subject. First, there must be an anchor for the ice fall.  The process begins when the temperature is below freezing and there is a water source available so that the ice can adhere to Read More

Can you #spottheeagle ?

December 22, 2014

The eagles have been migrating down all month – due to the earlier than cold temperatures up north.  Soon, as the temperatures get a little colder here in Illinois, and the ice freezes on the river, the eagles will flock to the dam for feeding.  This is a spectacular annual event here at Starved Rock.  Bird watchers, photographers and just plain Eagle loving folk come to Starved Rock every year for the special occurrence.   The Read More

The Eagles are coming!

November 7, 2014

Now that the colder weather is setting in – the North American Bald Eagle will be starting to make their journey from north down to Starved Rock.  These majestic creatures spend their winters with us each and every year, feasting on fish in the Illinois River.  The best time to view them is when the rivers are frozen. When that happens, the only open waters left for fishing are at the dams, so they flock Read More

Governor Announces expansion at Starved Rock State Park.

October 10, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn recently announced the acquisition of a 51-acre parcel of land adjacent to Starved Rock State Park that will provide additional wildlife space and serve as a buffer to protect the park. The Governor also announced wildlife habitat land acquisition in Edgar, Woodford and Jackson Counties and improvement projects at state parks operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural Read More

Fall Colors Abound

September 29, 2014

Want to see what the fall colors are doing on a daily basis at Starved Rock State Park?  Kathy is tracking the fall colors DAILY…so just click on this link for the latest daily updates on how the fall colors are doing at the park!

Mini Abe Visits St. Louis Canyon

June 18, 2014

Have you seen the new commercial for Mini Abe?  The new Illinois Office of Tourism has released a new commercial with Mini Abe visiting many places in the State – and one of them was St. Louis Canyon!  In each instance Mini-Abe responds to their impressiveness with a big “whoa.”  It definitely is a great honor to have Abe here at Starved Rock and “whoa” is an understatement when visiting this park. The park has Read More

Hike with Edna

April 3, 2014

Edna…our Activities Director and leader of the weekly Walkers Club has started a blog. She writes weekly about her hiking adventures here at the Park.  She posts plenty of photos so you can hike along from your computer and home and see what she sees!   It is a great way to get trail conditions and information about the park…here is a small preview and a link to her blog.  Make sure to follow it to Read More

Mergansers of the Illinois River

March 4, 2014

Not only do the American Bald Eagle winter here at Starved Rock, but the Common Merganser does as well.  Most Common Mergansers are migratory birds, spending summers in the Canada and Alaska for breeding season.  When the waters freeze over up north, the birds will migrate south and spend the winter where there is open water, such as our Lock and Dam area. Mergansers are known as “Fish Ducks” – as fish is their main Read More

The Blue Jay

February 13, 2014

  Blue Jays sometimes get a bad rap in the birding world.  They are famous for bullying smaller birds at the feeders, dominating the nests of other birds and sometimes eating eggs and nestlings of other birds.  Plus…they are super noisy!  BUT, their loud squawks serve a purpose – most times they are the first to announce the presence of a predator.   Here are some great facts about these colorful birds: 1. Blue Jays Read More

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