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Rockton Pelican Fest

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Save the date to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and the return of the American White Pelicans migrating through the Rockton area and Nygren Wetland Preserve, the Rock River, wildlife and other natural assets surrounding Rockton, and promotes the local retail shops, eateries, and arts and culture of the historic Village of Rockton, Illinois.

Presented by JR Finally Art Studio & Gallery, Village of Rockton, Sinnissippi Audubon Society, and Natural Land Institute.

For the Early Birds!
7:30 a.m. A guided Birders Hike at Nygren Wetland Preserve. Starts at the Wildlife Overlook: 3714 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton, IL. Free. No registration. Arrive a few minutes early. Tour will leave from the Overlook by 7:40 a.m. Limited parking available on site and on Hansbury Rd. Tour guides include Alan Branhagen (Exec. Dir., NLI) and another another person tba.

10 AM – 4 PM
Visit downtown Rockton businesses, retail shops and eateries, outdoor vendor booths in the street/sidewalk area, participate in activities for kids and families, attend birding themed lectures and guided hikes.

Festival attendees will also be encouraged to visit nearby Nygren Wetland Preserve at the Wildlife Overlook, 3714 W. Rockton Rd., to look for pelicans and other birds and animals. Guided hikes will be provided starting at this location at times (tba) throughout the day.

More information coming soon.


May 18
10:00 am - 4:00 pm