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43rd Annual Festival Of Spring Set For April 27 At Rock Springs Conservation Area

     Celebrate Earth Day with the Macon County Conservation District on Saturday, April 27 at the 43rd annual Festival of Spring, co-sponsored by the Decatur Area Audubon Society.
     Welcome spring and celebrate Earth Day with a day full of fun outdoor activities! Canoeing will be $3 per person, and all other events and activities are free. Activities are 12-4pm unless stated otherwise. Below is a list of several of the activities to expect.

Bird Banding, 8-10 am
     The morning activities will begin with a bird banding demonstration from Dr. Travis Wilcoxen of Millikin University. Stop by the Information Pavilion at Rock Springs Conservation Area from 8-10 am to watch him catch and band wild songbirds up close and in person.

Sangamon River Cleanup, 10am-12pm
     Help clear trash from the banks of the Sangamon River to make it a safer and more beautiful place for both wildlife and people. Dress to get dirty and bring your own gloves. Bags will be provided. Meet at the Information Pavilion at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Staff will shuttle participants to cleanup sites. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Organized groups or clubs should call 217-423-7708 in advance, so we can accommodate the size of your group.

Birds of Prey Show
     See birds of prey in person and learn about them with the Illinois Raptor Center. Choose from one of three program times: 12pm, 1:30 pm, or 3pm. Held inside Rock Springs Nature Center.

Canoeing, 1-4pm
     Spend some time on the water in one of our canoes. A naturalist will go over the basics and answer your questions before you launch your canoe. Meet at the pond by the pavilions. All equipment is provided. $3 per person; at least one adult must be in each canoe.

Community Organizations
     Meet with local organizations and see what our community is doing to benefit nature and wildlife. Organizations in attendance include the Scovill Zoo, U of I Extension Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners, Mercy Gardens, the Sanitary District of Decatur, and many more.

     Purchase food and drinks at the concession stand operated by the Macon County Conservation Foundation. Every purchase benefits natural area restoration and education.

Additional Activities
     Other activities include a scavenger hunt, the Web of Life Game, Restoration Station, a book exchange, live reptiles, pond exploration, and more.

Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur. To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road, or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available.

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