Park News & Writings

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

The Aging Juvenile Bald Eagle

January 23, 2014

One of the girls in the office was looking at a photo that I took of a juvenile bald eagle and asked – how can you tell how old they are in that photo?  It made me ponder that thought and then do some research.  Here is some information on what I was able to find on the web. The Bald Eagle that most everyone can identify is the adult.  This bird is described as:  Read More

Return of the Eagles

January 10, 2014

Over 2,000 of these magnificent birds make their winter homes along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. They begin arriving as early as mid-December and stay through early March, depending on the weather. The river’s dams provide plentiful fish for the eagles, and the wooded bluffs overlooking the Mississippi offer excellent roosting (and sometimes nesting) possibilities. Bald eagles in flight are a sight to be seen. Their wingspans can reach up to eight feet, and, if Read More

Local Indian History

November 20, 2013

Indians have lived within this park since 8000 BC.  The first inhabitants were called the Archaic Indians.  Through the centuries, Woodland, Hopewellian, and Mississippi Indian cultures have flourished in this area.  The Indian culture we have the most knowledge about is the historic Illinois Indians because they were here and written about in the diaries of the first Europeans that came to this area. In 1673, Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet found the Village Read More

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