Daily Journal staff report

Learn about the reptiles of the Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve in a program to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the preserve, on Illinois Route 113 east of Braidwood and west of Exline Road.

The free event is for ages 5 and older.

Explore the home of the six-lined racerunner, learn about some cool reptiles and understand why they have chosen this place as their home.

The family-friendly hike will be about a half-mile over uneven natural terrain. Wear long pants and bring insect repellent. There are no restrooms or water at this site.

Registration is required by phone at 815-722-9470.

The preserve has a diversity of habitats, including prairie, savanna and wetland, but a unique feature of the site is its crescent-shaped sand dunes, which formed when the area was the shoreline of the ancient glacial Lake Wauponsee.

The preserve also is home to a variety of plant species, including huckleberry, prickly pear cactus and tubercled orchid.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes more than 30 bird species, in addition to amphibians and reptiles such as the tiger salamander and the six-lined racerunner.

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