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Bird Haven - unavailable  LbNA # 27425 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateNov 25 2006
LocationOlney, IL
Planted ByScrapper    
Found By The Toadfrogs
Last Found Apr 22 2007
Hike Distance?

This box is missing and it's hading spot has all but been destroyed so for now will not be recarved - but possibly again in the future.


Robert Ridgway, America’s leading ornithologists was born in Mt. Carmel, Illinois on July 2, 1850. As a youth he became interested in birds and sketched many specimens around his home. As an adult he worked for the Smithsonian Institution, first as ornithologist and later as curator of birds. He was the founder of the American Ornithologist’s Union. He also developed a system of color standards for scientists to use when describing birds called “Color Nomenclature for Birds” which is still used today by ornithologists. In 1916 Ridgway retired to Olney to continue his research at his home which he called Larchmound. He developed an eighteen acre tract called Bird Haven as a bird sanctuary and experimental area for the cultivation of trees and plants native to the region. Mr. Ridgway died on March 25, 1929.


Enter Miller Grove Park off East Rd. at street sign (East Rd. and Lakeview Ln.). Stay on the road toward the right. Go over the lake and follow curves. Pull off on right side (room for two cars) across from the metal post gates at entrance to Bird Haven. Enter through the gate to an open area. Go past the gazebo and picnic table. The trail is off of the NE corner of the opening. Walk until you come to four markers on the right. The first has a brick from the Ridgway’s Larchmound home. You can still see this home on the south end of town. The second marker is about Robert and Julia’s son Aurdubon. The third is about Julia and the fourth is about Robert. Take the year that Larchmound became a historic site and subtract the year Julia and Robert were married. Remember that number for later. Just a few steps further are two corner markers. The Julia Ridgway trail goes right toward the lake. You can see the footprint of the Ridgway cabin that was located here down her trail. The Robert Ridgway trail continues on straight which is where you should go. From that corner you should take the number of steps that was the answer to the math problem above. On the right you’ll see a large “wooden goblet”. The box is hidden in the goblet cup. Once stamped in, you can return the way you came or explore this pretty area.

Happy Hunting