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sandy hollow now open

Get to know the newest area of the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

With the first three years of restoration completed, Sandy Hollow is ready for visitors! The newest area of the Dixon Refuge features a 2.7-mile trail system leading through prairie, savanna, and forest habitats, along with informational signage and a special open-sided pavilion with a sweeping vista.

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dixon refuge bioblitz results

Almost 900 species identified during two-day event

In August 2018, participants in TWI’s second-ever Dixon Refuge BioBlitz made biodiversity history by finding and identifying 902 species over two days. From eastern red bats to indigo milk cap fungus and Yellow-billed Cuckoos, the 2018 BioBlitz was a vibrant and immersive nature experience to remember.

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VISIT THE DIXON WATERFOWL REFUGE

Climb the observation tower, hike the trail system, enjoy excellent birdwatching, or during the summer paddle and fish on the lakes.

Location & Visiting the Dixon Refuge

VISIT MIDEWIN 

Many parts of Midewin are open to the public for hiking, birdwatching, bison viewing, and other activities. 

Location & Visiting Midewin