Starved Rock to host program on endangered prairie chicken

IDNR official to discuss conservation efforts to protect last remnant of the greater prairie chicken

Prairie Ridge State Natural Area site manager Bob Gillespie will host an educational session about the life history of the Greater Prairie Chicken, the historical reasons they are in Illinois and its prospects for the future at the Will County Audubon Chapter’s September 8 meeting.

The Starved Rock Visitor Center will host a program on the greater prairie chicken in Illinois at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

Join Bob Gillispie, site superintendent of Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, as he discusses current and past conservation efforts protecting and managing the last remnant of greater prairie chickens, an endangered species in Illinois.

All IDNR/state park programs are free, but donations to the Starved Rock Foundation on-site are welcome. Most programs at the park are made possible through funding from donations to the Starved Rock Foundation, the nonprofit friends group at the park (not to be confused with the Starved Rock Community Foundation).

Starved Rock State Park is administered by the IDNR. The mission of the IDNR is to manage, conserve and protect Illinois’ natural, recreational and cultural resources; further the public’s understanding and appreciation of those resources; and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois’ natural resources for present and future generations.