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Woodcock Walk: Hickory Creek

Event information

Date: Friday, March 15, 2024

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: Ages 7 or older.

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Hickory Creek Preserve — LaPorte Road Access

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A woodcock walking on the ground. Photo via Shutterstock

Event details

As the sun sets, the male woodcock makes his way to the edge of a field and prepares for his extraordinary courtship performance. Normally timid and elusive, the woodcock is readily observed during the early spring breeding season, when he leaves the safety and cover of the forest to attract a mate. We will spend the first part of the evening discovering just how amazing this bird is, then hike to view the courtship flights of the male.


Event requirements

Registration required by Wednesday, March 13: 815-722-4121.


Be sure to dress for the weather as we will stand in place for a bit to listen for the calls and look for the flight of the woodcock. Meet at the Hickory Hollow Shelter, which can be accessed from the second parking lot furthest from the LaPorte Road Access entrance.

The hike will be approximately 1 mile on both paved and natural surface trails over uneven terrain. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.