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updated: 4/29/2014 6:06 PM

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Almond Marsh in Grayslake, home to a great blue heron rookery and rare sedges is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through June (except Memorial Day weekend) for rookery and waterfowl observation. Volunteers provide viewing scopes, binoculars, and bird books to enhance the viewing experience. While there are no trails, an astute observer may sight dozens of species of waterfowl and raptors, including the Coopers hawk and peregrine falcon. The entrance is on the west side of Almond Road, north of Casey Road and south of Route 120. Almond Marsh provides a spot for migrating waterfowl to rest and forage. Many bird species have been documented using the preserve, including the state-endangered black-crowned night heron and king rail. With help from the Lake County Audubon Society and Integrated Lakes Management Inc., the marsh now contains 12 man-made nesting platforms to provide continued nesting locations for great blue herons.

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