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Will County Forest Preserve District Hosts Spring Migration Celebration

Balrimore Oriole in a tree.

Photo by Paul Dacko

The Forest Preserve District of Will County will sponsor a Migration Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 14, at the FourRivers Environmental Education Center, in Channahon. This is the time of year songbirds migrating from South America pass through the area on their way to breeding grounds in the forests of Canada. These tiny travelers use forest preserves as stopover spots to rest and refuel.

Participants can learn the secrets of these birds’ extraordinary journeys during guided hikes, family activities and presentations. During the event, keynote speaker Joel Greenberg will present On Contested Ground: The Changing Nature of the Prairie Forest Ecotone about the plants, birds and other wildlife of the area, and how their status has changed since Europeans first arrived in 1673. Greenberg will be selling and signing copies of his book.

The event also includes live raptor presentations by Hoo’s Woods, a wildlife photography exhibit featuring local artists, bird seed for sale from The Feed Loft, birdhouses and sculptures for sale from PK’s Wood Things and food truck fare from Lil’ Deb’s Mobile Eats.

Admission is free and registration is not required. For more information and directions, visit