JDCF will be opening a 409-acre property near Stockton, Illinois, on Saturday, June 2, 2018 beginning at 9 AM. After opening remarks, trails will be open for self-guided tours; and bird experts will be on hand with spotting scopes to answer your questions. We will also be joined by the Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center with their American white pelican ambassador, Marshmallow, for a live bird program. Wear sturdy shoes for hiking on uneven ground, and bring your sense of adventure!
A generous gift from Nancy Hamill Winter, Valley of Eden offers a variety of habitats to sustain many native Illinois birds that have been on the decline for the past 50 years due primarily to habitat loss or alteration to grasslands, forests, and oak savannas. The grassland habitat at Valley of Eden will support species that have suffered the steepest decline, including the bobolink, Henslow’s sparrow, dickcissel, sedge wren, and more, by providing the right cover and food mix to allow them to breed and successfully rear a family.
The name Valley of Eden is a tribute to the Eden families who settled in this valley and have farmed here for 4 generations, and continue to raise Black Angus cattle in one of two pastures during most of the growing season as part of the management of the property. The site has over 6 miles of grass walking paths that weave through grasslands, along forests and pasture edges, and between beautiful oak savannas. More than 108 bird species have been identified, and the list is growing. Please note that dogs and dog walking are not allowed.