over 3000 acres, Illinois Beach State Park contains
the largest single tract of undeveloped coastal habitat
left in Illinois. It includes 6.5 miles of Lake Michigan
shoreline and two dedicated Nature Preserves, Illinois
Beach Nature Preserve (the State's first dedicated
Nature Preserve), and North Dunes Nature Preserve.
These preserves are natural areas of exceptional
quality that support a diverse variety of plants and
as a result of the site's unique coastal beach ridge
and swale topography. Within the preserves are found
14 high quality natural communities, at least 31
state-listed endangered and threatened species, and habitat
4 federally endangered species. We will view dune,
interdunal wetland (panne), prairie, and black oak
sand savanna communities. We will discuss on-going
restoration efforts, Pitcher's Thistle reintroduction
efforts, the lake's influence on the natural resources,
and threats to the ecosystem due to invasive species
and landscape changes.Participants should be prepared
for hiking and dress for the weather. It is often
colder and windier along the lake so plan accordingly.
LIMIT: 20 - The sensitivity of the area necessitates
a groupsize not to exceed 20 individuals
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