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Butterfly festival set for July 27 at Elkhorn Creek preserve

A monarch buttefly feeds on a milkweed plant at the Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve west of Forreston. The preserve will host the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society's annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, July 27 from 1-3 p.m. Photo supplied
A monarch buttefly feeds on a milkweed plant at the Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve west of Forreston. The preserve will host the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society's annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, July 27 from 1-3 p.m. Photo supplied

The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will host its annual Elkhorn Creek Butterfly Festival on Saturday, July 27 from 1 to 5 p.m.

This fun, informative, family-friendly afternoon will be spent exploring the Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve for the many butterflies found at this site.

The preserve is three miles southwest of Forreston on the southwest corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads.

Participants may join guided butterfly tours or look on their own. Tours begin at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

To date, butterfly explorers have identified 34 species of butterflies and skippers.

Information about pollinators will be shared. A shady area will be provided with chairs and a restroom, cold beverages, and snacks.

Park in the lot off West Grove Road.

No fee will be charged to participate, and registration is not necessary.

Call Mary Blackmore at 815-938-3204 for more information or if weather is questionable.

Visit Northwest Illinois Audubon website at www.nwilaudubon.org for details.