SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- The not-for-profit Illinois Audubon Society has increased the protected acreage of a wetland in northern Illinois that is the habitat for an endangered turtle.
The Audubon Society announced Wednesday it will enlarge 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.
The Lee County sanctuary is open to the public and features 2.5 miles of marked trails. The sanctuary is open from dawn to dusk.
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.