Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary
The 409-acre Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary is quickly becoming a destination location for outdoor enthusiasts. There are over 6 miles of trails for you to explore at this unique place, which is managed and protected primarily for the many bird species that call it home. To date, there have been documented sightings of over 100 different bird species at Valley of Eden with April through August being the prime viewing season. Notable Illinois species of conservation concern include the Henslow’s sparrow, bobolink, red-headed woodpecker, and northern harrier. More common species such as a variety of woodpeckers, owls, and grassland birds can be seen too, making Valley of Eden a birding paradise for people of all ages and birding abilities. Please, NO dogs from March 1~ September 30th annually to avoid bird nesting season. A visitors guide can be found here VOE Visitors Guide.
The volunteer group, Friends of the Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary, invite you to watch a short a video about the 400-acre preserve which features footage of some of the rare grasslands birds found there, as well as members of the group discussing some of their activities at the site. The Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary is located at 5559 E Rush Creek Road, Stockton, IL. It is open daily from dawn to dusk, free of charge to the public.