Tuesday, May 16th
Howard D. Colman Dells Nature Preserve
Greg Keilback of Severson Dells Nature Center will lead this hike
on property owned and managed by NLI. This 55-acre Nature
Preserve is located along Hall Creek, southwest of Rockford.
One of the attractive features of this preserve is a series of cliffs
known as the dells. Many unique plants restricted to limestone
and dolomite outcrops are found here, as well as some northern relict plants. The floral display in the upland woods is one of the best in Winnebago County. Aldo Leopold and Paul Riis conducted some early deer studies in this preserve in the mid
1930’s. Located near the intersection of East Severson Road
and North Weldon Road. From Meridian and Montague Road,
drive south and turn west onto McGregor Road, turn north onto
Weldon Road. Moderate-difficult hiking.