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Black Hawk State Historic Site
1510 46th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Map of the Black Hawk Historic Site
deciduous hardwood forest and the Rock River provide habitat for a variety of
wildlife. Nearly 175 species of birds can be observed during the year, though
spring is a favorite time for observing migrating species.
Notably, 20 warbler species have
been observed here, including chestnut-sided, blue-winged,
golden-winged, and yellow warbler.
Fourteen mammal species have been observed,
including a melanistic phase of fox squirrel.
Bald eagles can be
observed along the river
during the winter months.
The dominant trees of the
upland forest - oaks -
are bountiful at Black hawk, along with a variety
other hardwoods. Numerous wildflowers, shrubs and vines grow under their canopy.
More than 30 wildflower species, including orchids (showy orchids), bloom in
April and May.
The Black Hawk Forest, a dedicated Nature Preserve,
has been identified as one of the least-disturbed forests in Illinois. In
addition, a small area on the southwest corner has been planted in native
Annual events at Back Hawk include spring bird and wildflower walks and
a September prairie program and field trip. Geology and archeology outings
are conducted on a rotating basis each
October. Contact the Site Manger
for dates and times.