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There’s always something happening at the Macon County Conservation District!  Staff and volunteers work all year round to provide you with educational programs, restore natural areas, and preserve historic sites.  To know what’s going on:

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Another Day of Action with We Are Caterpillar Decatur volunteers. Helping clear honeysuckle and brush with Macon County Conservation District at the Griswold Conservation Area today. Thanks for helping!! ... See MoreSee Less

Spotted at the Rodney T. Miller Wetland at Rock Springs.A Great Blue Heron surveys the Rodney T. Miller wetland area at Rock Springs Environmental Center. #greatblueheron #greatblueherons #greatblueheronsofinstagram #heron #herons #heronsofinstagram #heronphotography #birds #birdsofinstagram #birdphotography #wildbirdphotography #birdsandbloomsmagazine #wildbirdsunlimited #natgeowild #worldofbirds #birdloversofinstagram #animallover #animalphotographer #wildanimalphotographer #outdoorsillinois #outdoorphotography #nature #naturephotography #naturelover ... See MoreSee Less

Spotted at the Rodney T. Miller Wetland at Rock Springs.
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1880s-Style Harvest Fun Comes to Rock Springs

Mary Morrow was on a roll with pumpkin rolling Sunday afternoon at the Rock Springs Conservation Area’s Fall Harvest Festival.  Competing against several other kids on a downhill slope outside the Nature Center building, Mary stood out before the race got going because she was dressed in period 1880s clothing . . .

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Healthy Burn for Prairie

Prairie used to cover most of Illinois. Fires occurred routinely and naturally, which rejuvenated the prairie grasses and maintained their health, said Richie Wolf, Rock Springs Nature Center manager. The Macon County Conservation District has used prescribed burns since 1978 to restore conservation areas for several reasons . . .

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