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Audubon Society adds to Illinois sanctuary acreage

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 6:43 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The not-for-profit Illinois Audubon Society has increased the protected acreage of a wetland in northern Illinois that is habitat for an endangered turtle.

The Springfield-based Audubon Society announced Wednesday it's enlarging the Amboy Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary by 30 acres. The now-302-acre wetland is host to one of the state's largest populations of nesting Blanding's turtles.

Blanding's turtles are medium-sized freshwater turtles that live in wetlands in parts of the upper Midwest, New York, New England and southern Canada. They can live 70 years.

Amboy Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the town of Amboy in Lee County, about 95 miles west of Chicago. It's open to the public and features 2.5 miles of marked trails. The sanctuary is open from dawn to dusk.

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