ROCKTON — Colored Sands Forest Preserve recently achieved Important Bird Area status for the state of Illinois.

Colored Sands is the first Important Bird Area designated in Winnebago County and one of 43 IBAs in northern Illinois. The IBA program is an international effort to identify, conserve, and monitor a network of sites that provide essential habitat for bird populations. Colored Sands exemplifies the high quality habitat and bird diversity that IBAs protect.

The IBA certification process was led by Sinnissippi Audubon in partnership with Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and Sand Bluff Bird Observatory.

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