Lincoln Marsh Natural Area - Wheaton Park District
Harrison Avenue and Pierce Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187
Price of admission: free
Website - 630-871-2810
Hours of Operations: dawn until dusk
Although it’s called Lincoln Marsh, the park features several habitats: wetlands, wet-mesic grasslands, mesic prairies, successional woodlands, and mature oak-hickory woodlands. These habitats are rich in plant and animal life. As you walk through the different habitats you will be surrounded by cattails, oak, black cherry and locust trees, goldenrod and coneflowers, just a few of the plants found in this natural area. Quiet and observant hikers will be surprised by what they hear and see as they explore the marsh. The wildlife that calls Lincoln Marsh home includes red fox, coyotes, deer, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks, mink and muskrats. You may even catch a glimpse of a garter snake or painted turtle basking in the sun. During the spring months listen for chorus frogs, American toads and bullfrogs as they call out from the wetlands. Birds are abundant throughout the year; listen for the “konk-la-ree” of the red-winged blackbird from the cattails, hear the drumming of downy and hairy woodpeckers in the forest and look above it all to watch for the red-tail hawk soaring through the sky.
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