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Sand Bluff Bird Observatory

10602 Haas Rd., Rockton, IL 61072

Bird & Eagle Watching

Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is one of the largest small-bird banding operations in the country that is open to the public.

Located within Colored Sands Forest Preserve in Northwest Winnebago County, Sand Bluff was created to study population trends in migrant birds, although we also trap resident species as well. In a typical year 4-6,000 warblers, vireos, orioles, sparrows, thrushes and finches are banded. The station is operated entirely by volunteers who band, serve as guides for visitors and present educational programs for various groups. Visitors are always welcome to come watch our operation and share in the learning process.


More Information

  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: Closed
  • Wed: Closed
  • Thu: Closed
  • Fri: Closed
  • Sat: 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun: 8:00am – 10:00am

Visitors of all ages are welcome at Sand Bluff, and there is no admission charge.

School classes, youth groups, bird and environmental clubs, retirees, etc. can schedule special tours for weekends or weekdays. A donation is expected, and advance arrangements are required.

For group visits to SBBO, please contact Mary Ann Pettenger at 815-494-7865 or mailto:winterhome@charter.n

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