Several of the American White Pelicans were spotted at Dick Young Forest Preserve on April 3. Forest Preserve District staff spotted the large white birds in the Nelson Lake marsh section of the preserve.
Director of Natural Resources Drew Ullberg says that pelicans have been stopping over in Kane County on their migratory patterns for 15 years. Staff estimates we’ve had as many as 250 pelicans out on Nelson Lake at one time.
“It’s a nice treat to have the pelicans back,” Ullberg said. “We’re glad the public enjoys getting out and viewing these magnificent birds too — along with all of the other wildlife and quality open space that Dick Young Forest Preserve offers.
If you’re going to go check out the pelicans, better hurry. The birds typically stay for two to three weeks before heading to points north.
Dick Young Forest Preserve is located at 39W115 Main St. in Batavia. For the easiest access to the lake overlook and nearby trails, use the Nelson Lake Road entrance. For more information on Dick Young Forest Preserve, visit www.kaneforest.com or call 630-232-5980.