Keep an eye out for these animals
It’s been a long and cold winter, but spring is finally here! For many people, this means venturing outside and reconnecting with Mother Nature. When the sun is shining and the colorful flowers start blooming, staying inside can be difficult.
This is one of the reasons why so many people come to Galena every year. With its many parks, trails, and scenic vistas, the town is a nature lover’s paradise. And of course, this means that when visitors go exploring, they are bound to meet some native inhabitants. If you plan to spend time outdoors when you come to town, these are the animals you might come across:
In the woods
If hiking is your thing, Galena won’t disappoint. For some amazing hiking, one of your first stops should be the Galena river trails. These trails are of different lengths and allow you to experience the beauty of the area. And while you’re sure to spot squirrels or chipmunks, don’t be surprised to see a white-tailed deer or two looking at you.
Other animals you may encounter include red fox, beaver, and maybe even a coyote. If you find yourself walking after dark, you may glimpse some small, flapping creatures in the air above you, and they might not be birds. Illinois is home to 12 different bat species, but don’t worry; they all only feed on insects.
In the fields
The next place to think about visiting is Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve which, conveniently, is right off one of the Galena river trails. This 85-acre area offers spectacular views of Galena and the Mississippi River. Plus, it gives you an excellent elevated location for bird watching. Galena is home to dozens of different types of birds, including several kinds of ducks and geese. And the spring is the perfect time to see returning flocks of warblers, sparrows, swans, and even bald eagles.
For the best look at the birds of Northwest Illinois, you’ll want to head about 30 miles west of Galena. In Stockton, an amazing bird sanctuary is opening in June. Valley of Eden is comprised of 405 acres of pristine land. So far, more than 100 different bird species have been spotted there, such as red-headed woodpeckers, northern harriers, and bobolinks.
In the water
Whether you plan to spend some time discovering the Mississippi River or the many small streams and gullies in Galena, you will almost certainly see some interesting creatures. Turtles and salamanders are common in the area, as are different frogs and toads. (There’s even an upcoming frog walk if you want to get up close and personal with them.)
n Illinois, there are also quite a few snake species, and while some are poisonous, unless you bother them, they won’t bother you. If you plan to do some fishing, Lake Galena is an excellent spot, as it’s full of bass, catfish, walleye, and many other kinds of fish.
If you love nothing more than grabbing your backpack and heading off on an adventure, Galena is the town for you. With the weather warming up, now is a great time to visit. And if you’re looking for a place to stay that’s not too far from nature, Vacation Galena can help you out. We have two cabins that are both nestled in the woods, so you may see some of that wildlife just outside your window. If you’d like to make a reservation, you can do it here.