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4/16/2019 11:20:00 AM
Sangamon River clean up April 27

DECATUR — Celebrate spring and April's Earth Day with a day of outdoor activities. The Macon County Conservation District and Decatur Audubon Society will hold the 38th Annual Festival of Spring and Sangamon River Clean Up on Saturday, April 27 at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Many activities will take place, beginning at 8a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m.

The day's festivities will begin with a Bird Migration Walk from 8-9 a.m., and a Bird Banding Demonstration with Dr. Travis Wilcoxen of Millikin University from 8-10 a.m. During Dr. Wilcoxen's program, you'll be able to see live local song birds in person and up close.

From 10 a.m.-12 p.m., help clear trash from the banks of the Sangamon River during the Sangamon River Clean Up. Dress to get dirty!  Bring your own work gloves if you can, as supply is limited. Garbage bags will be provided. Sign up in person between 9:30-10 a.m. at the parking lot Information Shelter. No pre-registration is necessary for individuals or families. Organized groups should call 217-423-7708 in advance, so we can accommodate the size of your group. The Sangamon River Clean-Up is co-sponsored by the Community Environmental Council.

All other Festival of Spring activities will run from 12-4 p.m. Examine aquatic wildlife, visit baby farm animals, tour historic Homestead Prairie Farm, and meet live birds of prey from the Illinois Raptor Center. Enjoy canoeing, music, wagon rides, crafts, and more. In addition, local community organizations and gardening experts will have booths and activities. Meet representatives of the Decatur Audubon Society, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and more, to find out how they make a difference in your community and how you can connect with nature.

The festival and all activities are free and open to all ages, with a small fee for canoeing ($2/person) and pony rides ($2/child). Food and drink will be available for purchase. Food vendors this year will be the Casa Fuentes Burrito and Taco Truck and Mister Softee ice cream treats.

Browse the full schedule of activities at https://MaconCountyConservation.org/events/festival-of-spring.

Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur. To get to Rock Springs from Taylorville, go north on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available.





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