The Land Conservation Foundation will have it 2nd Annual Mudpuppy Festival in Monticello on Saturday, February 2 1 to 4pm
Monarch Brewing Company
We are a not-for-profit that seeking to preserve the waterway and watershed of the Sangamon River in Central Illinois.
The Mudpuppy is an indigenous species that is part of a healthy river environment. I call it the most beautiful, ugly creature in Illinois!
The Land Conservation Foundation:
• Is an Illinois non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and restore natural communities in East Central Illinois to create corridors that provide wildlife habitat and connect people with nature.
• Owns three properties:
o The 108-acre Sangamon River Corridor Reserve with the 2.s-mile Bruce Hannon Levee Trail that is southwest of Monticello in Piatt County,
o Brady Woods at the Champaign-Piatt County border, which is a 20-acre woodland on the Sangamon River and is home to Great Blue Herons, and.
o Mettler Woods Nature Preserve, an 87-acre upland forest in DeWitt County, West of Clinton.
o All of our lands are forested or are being reforested with native species of trees, plants and wildlife.
• Our Facebook page often has videos of the wildlife that found are found at the Sangamon River Corridor Reserve, including: wild turkey, beaver, deer, fox, mink and more.
Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Family fun, kids’ activities including arts and crafts (drawing for prizes) and Mudpuppy Face Painting; good food and drink and Mudpuppy Fellowship. Raffle for tickets to Shed Auditorium and Mudpuppy stuffed animals. Most of all focus on information about LCF and its good work!
What is a mudpuppy?
The Mudpuppy is an aquatic salamander that in rivers, creeks, and ponds. They are 8-16” long, averaging 11”. They have red external gills and live almost exclusively in the water but can tolerate short periods out of the water. They eat insects, mollusks small fish, other amphibians, earthworms, and spiders.
Mudpuppies prefer clear, silt-free water, making them indicators of high-quality waters. We know the Sangamon River in Champaign and Piatt Counties is healthy because mudpuppies can be found there.