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Hidden away in Southern Illinois is one of Nature's masterpieces.  

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, events and programs are may be canceled in order to help protect public health. While we encourage you to continue enjoying the Cache, please make sure you Recreate Responsibly! Remember to socially distance yourself from others, wear a face covering when distancing isn't available, practice proper hygiene and stay home if you are sick. Please monitor for local public health advisories, orders and closures as they may occur.

Orienteering, an Introduction

Date: Saturday, 9/25/2021

Time(s): 1-3:00 p.m.

Description: An introduction for children and adults to basic orienteering concepts: how to use a compass, measure distances with paces, and traverse an orienteering course. Compass and course map is provided.

Location: Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Center

Address: 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL 62923

Contact Molie Oliver by phone at 618-657-2064 

You are invited to attend the 4th annual Fall Migration “Mini-Sit” on Saturday, October 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. A “mini-sit" is a bird watching event where our objective is to record as many bird species that we can by sight and sound for a set 3 hour period. Birdwatchers of all levels are invited to sit back, relax, and enjoy fall migration. Pack your binoculars or scope, camera, lawn chair, snacks and a lunch to enjoy the event. Each team will choose an ebird hotspot within the Cache River Watershed and sit in a “24 foot” diameter circle tallying all birds seen within and from the circle. To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, please maintain 6 foot social-distancing measures within your circle. Groups are limited to ten participants per hotspot. This event is free and open to the public.

In lieu of a potluck, bring your own bagged lunch and lawn chairs to the Cache River Wetlands Center: 8885 IL-37, Cypress, IL 62923, for a socially-distanced picnic outdoors from noon to 1:30 p.m. The picnic allows communication across teams, so we can share our sightings. How many species can we identify? Register online for your ebird hotspot today at: or by calling: 618-657-2064.

Teams must pre-register their locations by Sunday, October 10, and provide contact information of their participants (name, address, phone number, email address, team affiliation ie: Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Shawnee Chapter of the Audubon Society, Southern Illinois Audubon Society, etc. and preferred hotspot). Maps and directions to your hotspot will be emailed to you. If you have questions, contact Kimberly Rohling at [email protected]

Every year since 1989, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has sponsored the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, and the results for Illinois are in.


2021 Best of Show for Illinois is a black-bellied whistling duck in acrylic paint by Naransolongo Batgerel of Naperville, Illinois. The display of winning art of each age category, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, in a variety of mediums may be seen at Cache River State Natural Area, Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Illinois until June 30, 2021.  

Web site U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Migratory Bird Program | Conserving America's Birds (


The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others.


By 2000, the program included all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. The program encourages partnerships among federal and state government agencies, nongovernment organizations, businesses, and volunteers to help recognize and honor thousands of teachers and students throughout the United States for their participation in conservation-related activities.


What is a Junior Duck Stamp?

The Junior Duck Stamp is a pictorial stamp produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize the conservation efforts of young people and support environmental and conservation education programs in the United States. The art competition is the culmination of students' study of waterfowl and wetlands conservation in the classroom, homeschool, or non-formal education setting, often using the Junior Duck Stamp Program educational curriculum.