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Spring Bay Fen Nature Preserve, Woodford Co.
« : October 26, 2008, 10:12:33 AM »
Spring Bay Fen is the only remaining example of an Illinois River cold water tall shrub fen in the state. The fen is a "bog-like" community dominated by several shrub species: red-osier dogwood, nannyberry, poison sumac and pussy willow. This community is similar to a bog in the structure of the peaty soil and springs; however, the calcareous water flowing through the soil creates an alkaline pH to the soil-water, resulting in a fen community rather than an acidic bog. The plant communities in fens include rare plants such as black ash, spotted phlox and highbush cranberry, but more typical plants are skunk cabbage, blue iris, spreading goldenrod and spotted touch-me-not. Wood duck, heron, egret, bullfrog, garter snake and beaver are just a few common animals found in the fen. Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers are also found there, as well as warblers and flycatchers during migration.


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Spring Bay Fen Nature Preserve (Woodford Co.) (40.7858056,-89.5363426)
« : October 26, 2008, 06:54:05 PM JaneW »


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