Three guided hikes will crisscross McHenry County conservation areas on the lookout for birds and other local wildlife.
• Spring Hike on the Ridge: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 N. Route 23, Marengo. A 3-mile hike will take visitors through the woodlands of Marengo Ridge on the lookout for spring flowers and birds. This program for those 14 and up is free for county residents and $2 for non-residents. The registration deadline is April 23.
• Woodland Wandering: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Kettle Lot in Glacial Park Conservation Area, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. A guided two-mile hike will be followed by a group discussion and refreshments at Powers-Walker House. This program is for those 14 and up, and attendees should bring binoculars and field guides if they have them. It's free for county residents and $2 for non-residents. The registration deadline is April 28.
• Starlit Search for Squeaks and Sneaks: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock. While exploring the trails after dark, attendees will learn about the habits of local nocturnal animals. No flashlights will be used. The program is for adults and family with children 6 and up and is free for county residents and $2 for non-residents.
For more information or to register, go to McHenry County Conservation District's website, www.MCCDistrict.org
Registration is also available by mail and walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake; walk-in only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood; or by phone for free programs only at 815-479-5779.
- Northwest Herald