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Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside

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Volo Bog State Natural Area is a nature reserve in Illinois, United States, preserving Volo Bog. The bog was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973 as the only remaining open-water quaking bog in Illinois. The site also contains woodlands, savanna, marshes, prairie restoration areas, shrubland and old fields. Maintained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (Illinois DNR), the site is located about a mile west of U.S. Route 12 between the towns of Volo and Fox Lake, Illinois.Bog biologyThe bog itself is 47.5acre in size. It was originally a steep-sided lake created by the melting of a large chunk of glacial ice at the end of the Wisconsonian glaciation. About 6,000 years before the present, a mat of sphagnum moss began to grow out into the water, playing a major role in the evolution of this geological feature from a lake into a bog.As the sphagnum mat aged and thickened, the developing bog (already poorly drained) became acidic. The bog's changing pH levels encouraged the growth of other acid-loving plant species, such as leatherleaf, certain specialized orchids, and coniferous tamarack trees. The development of a tamarack grove on the edge of the bog signaled further change in the wetland.
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  • A beautiful outdoor experience, anytime of year, but Spring is spectacular with all of the wildlife being active. Many, many species of birds, enjoy the boardwalk through the bog or visit the indoor b...  more »
  • Floating walkways provide a short trail ("Interpretive trail", 0.5 mile) to the center of the bog. Tamarack trees have needles like evergreens, but the needles turn golden yellow in the fall and then ...  more »
  • I enjoy going to Volo Bog State Natural Area to walk out over the bog on a boardwalk and observe nature. The vistas are baeutiful and many opportunities to photograph birds in flight.  more »