The Batchtown Division of Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge and Red's Landing lie within Pool 25, between river miles 252 and 256, of the Mississippi River floodplain in west-central Illinois near Grafton. The combined 4,600 acres contain a mosaic of forests, backwater sloughs, agricultural lands, lakes, ponds and wetland management units. To the south is the Batchtown State Fish and Wildlife Management Area.

Ornithological Summary

This region of the Missisippi River and adjoining sloughs and woodlands provides copious habitat for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. In one aerial survey, observers recorded 3,100 Northern Pintail, 1,800 Lesser Scaup and 11,000 Mallards.

Important Illinois breeding species in this region include Cerulean Warbler, Brown Creeper, Red-shouldered Hawk, Mississipi Kite (a few pair), Prothonotary Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush and other birds associated with bottomland forests and backwaters.

This site was chosen as an IBA because it met the criteria for Waterfowl and Wading Birds, and breeding Prothonotary Warbler.

Habitat

The area contains a mosaic of forests, backwater sloughs, agricultural lands, lakes, ponds and wetland management units.

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