Beardstown Marsh and Sanganois Conservation Area Professional Review and Guide
"Drive through central Illinois amid the cornfields, and you might think no wetlands or forests exist for miles; that is, until you get to the Illinois River Valley, where backwater lakes, a deepwater marsh, and woods instantly break the monotony. The Illinois River Valley’s most diverse birding area lies between Havana and Beardstown, where you’ll find the Sanganois Conservation Area and Beardstown Marsh. The Sanganois Conservation Area, north of Beardstown, encompasses a mosaic of habitats, including three major lakes (Chain, Steward, and Crane), and smaller lakes and sloughs.
Key birds: Migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, including King Rail, marsh birds, including breeding Pied-billed Grebe, Common Moorhen, and Least and American Bitterns; Loggerhead Shrike; Blue Grosbeak, Lark Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, and Eurasian Tree Sparrow (year-round). This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."