Guided walk at Bluff Spring Fen
April 24, 2015|
Join us on Saturday, May 2 from 10am – noon for a spring hike with Steven Byers field representative at the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission who has been doing restoration work there since 1980. Steven will highlight the wonders of Bluff Spring Fen, a rare wetland ecosystem.
A fen is a wetland fed by the constant flow of water bubbling up from the ground. The crucially alkaline water comes to the surface at a constant 53 degrees year-round picking up calcium and other minerals from the underground limestone. When it comes to the surface the alkaline environment it creates is not pleasant to most plants. Because fens are rare, the species of plant that have adapted to survive this evnironment are also rare. Places where you can see the alkaline water coming up to the surface, known as calcareous seep fens, are rare and quite special.
The Bluff Spring Fen area was once used for mining, dumping abandoned cars, and for off-road vehicle driving. Since the first restoration workday in 1980, it has been lovingly restored into several different and beautiful habitats.
Bluff Spring Fen is located just off Route 25 in Elgin, IL. Click here for directions and more information. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable, water resistant shoes. Reservations are not required, but strongly recommended. Parking is available.