Park News & Writings

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

Starved Rock’s Lodge voted best Lodge in the Midwest!

June 18, 2014

Starved Rock Lodge (located in Starved Rock State Park) was voted the best Lodge in the Midwest for a meeting. The social media-based contest began on Facebook a few weeks ago and was created by Midwest “We decided to launch the contest because we know there are some great cities and facilities throughout the Midwest and we wanted a way to recognize them,” said Christianne Beringer, Communications Coordinator for Midwest Meetings, “We didn’t want Read More

Hike with Edna – New Blog!!!

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

Ice Climbing News

January 10, 2014

(updated January 24, 2014 per Mark Mcconnaughhay, Superintendent /Starved Rock State Park) Ice falls have formed in the several of the canyons at Starved Rock State Park. Winter is the only time when climbing is allowed at Starved Rock, where the sandstone is fragile and dangerous. All climbers must register at the park maintenance building and should call the park office ahead of time, (815) 667-4726. Some rules and park instructions have changed. The four canyons where 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

Leaf Changing Facts!

October 23, 2013

Why do leaves change color? As the Earth makes its 365-day journey around the sun, some parts of the planet will get fewer hours of sunlight at certain times of the year. In those regions, the days become shorter and the nights get longer. The temperature slowly drops. Autumn comes, and then winter. Trees respond to the decreasing amount of sunlight by producing less and less chlorophyll. Eventually, a tree stops producing chlorophyll. When that Read More

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