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September Program: Late Summer at Harlem Hills Prairie (A Virtual Tour)Fall Prairie Seed Collecting
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Meeting: NIAS Board MeetingMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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Event: New Moon Campfire at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!
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Stewardship DaysFall Prairie Seed Collecting

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Coordinators: Nancy Ocken, rnocken@gmail.com and Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Every September and October we collect the seeds of prairie grasses and forbs at our preserves and then in late fall or winter we scatter those seeds in less diverse areas of those same sites.

Due to the variability of seed ripening, plus the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be using our contact list only to inform volunteers of our seed collecting outings. To get on the list, e-mail Nancy at rnocken@gmail.com or call Mary at 815-938-3204. When contacted you may join us if you are available. We hope to have many opportunities and to provide as much notice as possible.

MeetingsSeptember Program: Late Summer at Harlem Hills Prairie (A Virtual Tour)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
7 p.m.
Presented by Severson Dells Nature Center Staff

Enjoy a YouTube presentation hosted by the staff of Severson Dells Nature Center at Harlem Hills Prairie in all its glory of late summer. Click here to view presentation. This gravel prairie contains a large number of plant species, including several that are threatened or endangered in Illinois. Harlem Hills is Illinois’ largest and finest remaining example of a gravel hill prairie.

Click here to view presentation of Harlem Hills Prairie.

See a 4 minute drone tour of the Harlem Hills Prairie now:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYBlxWepKao

Open to the public!

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
6 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Events2020 Birdseed Sale Order NOW!

Friday, September 11, 2020, to Friday, October 2, 2020

Take good care of your birds! Buy your annual supply of top quality birdseed from Audubon. Proceeds from your purchase will support the programs and projects of the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society (NIAS), which include monthly natural history programs, educational events for kids and families, and a wide variety of other conservation and preserve efforts – all open to the public.

Click here to download the sale flyer.

EventsEvent: New Moon Campfire at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Thursday, September 17, 2020
6:30 p.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Leaf River, IL (SE corner of Leaf River and West Grove Rds)
Coordinator: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

New Moon Campfire at our Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve. Because social distancing continues to be crucial to slowing the spread of the virus, our group size will be limited. Call Mary at 815-938-3204 to RSVP. Stroll the trails at 6:30 p.m.; campfire at 7:00. We will provide packets of s’mores and individual roasting sticks. Please bring your own water, if desired, plus a lawnchair and flashlight. Prior to each campfire we’ll take a short socially-distanced stroll to observe blooming plants, birds and insects.

The preserve is about 2 miles south of Leaf River in the southwest corner of the intersection of Leaf River Rd. and West Grove Rd. Parking is off of Leaf River Rd. (S. Main St. crosses HWY 72 in Leaf River and becomes Leaf River Rd.). The parking lot is off of Leaf River Rd. just south of West Grove intersection.