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Almond Marsh Forest Preserve

A popular spot for birders, Almond Marsh is home to a great blue heron rookery and dozens of species of waterfowl and raptors, including the Cooper's hawk and peregrine falcon.

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About Almond Marsh Forest Preserve

The highlight of this site is the significant marsh and sedge meadow complex. Approximately 110 acres here enjoy added protection as a dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve. The entire site is part of the larger Liberty Prairie Reserve, a collaboration of public agencies and private landowners to create a significant landscape of continguous open space in Libertyville Township.

Almond Marsh provides a great spot for migrating waterfowl to rest and forage. Many different bird species have been documented using the preserve, including the state endangered black-crowned night heron and king rail. Great blue herons have been an iconic species at this marsh for decades, but the natural deterioration of tall trees recently has caused a decline in nesting sites for this species.

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