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Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve invites you to join them for a fun, informative, family-friendly afternoon to explore the preserve for the many butterflies that are found there. From 1-5 p.m., Saturday, July 30, participants may join butterfly tours or look on their own for those winged beauties.
Tours will begin at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Free “Butterflies and Moths” pocket guides will be distributed at no cost while supplies last. Other information about butterflies also will be available. There will be a shady rest area with chairs, as well as a restroom, cold beverages and snacks. If the weather is questionable, call the Blackmores at (815) 938-3204 before 10 a.m. on July 30.
Explorers at last year’s Butterfly Festival found 19 species of butterflies and skippers, among them Tiger Swallowtail, Meadow Fritillary, Buckeye, Comma, Pearl Crescent, Peck’s Skipper and Silver Spotted Skipper.
The preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport roads. The parking lot is off West Grove Road.