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MeetingsNIAS Monthly Meeting: Bird Photography Tips

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

General Membership Program. Bird Photography Tips by John C. Longhenry.

John Longhenry, BA, MBA, retired Rockford School District #205 educator and is married to his wife, Carol, for 45 years. Currently volunteers as a bird bander/photographer at the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, where volunteers trap, band, and release migratory birds during the spring and fall migration periods.

He also runs a small nature photography business, AVISion Photography (work can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mesquakie8/ and https://mesquakie8.smugmug.com/). When not banding birds during migration, John likes to travel to various places and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. In 2016, he visited Alaska, Utah, Arizona, California and most recently, India. On his trip to India (a non-birding trip), he did manage to see 137 bird species, 117 of which were new birds he had never seen before, and he was able to photograph approximately 65% of those birds.

EventsAudubon in the Library: Trees in Winter

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

Wildlife Wednesday:
"Trees in Winter"

An Audubon member hosts this monthly series at the Freeport Public Library. The free program is for ages 2-7 featuring a story time followed by related activity.

EventsFamily event: Animal Tracks & Scat Winter Hike

Saturday, January 14, 2017
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Rd., Freeport, IL
Leader: Juliet Moderow, 201-233-0946

Meet in front of the Mogle Center at Oakdale Nature Preserve at 10 a.m.

Juliet Moderow will lead a winter hike to search for signs of wildlife. We will look for animal tracks, scat, and other signs of animals that live at Oakdale. Dress appropriately for the weather including foot-wear that protects your feet from snow.

Kids of all ages and their families are welcome! Sign-ups are encouraged – contact leader Juliet at 201-233-0946. If weather is questionable, call Juliet before the event.

Meetings"Talking About the Issues:

Sunday, January 15, 2017
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
1809 Parkview Circle, Freeport, IL
Leaders: Fred and Carol Redmore, 815-721-3375

“Talking About the Issues” monthly discussion, 1:30- 3:30 p.m. at the home of Fred and Carol Redmore, 1809 Parkview Circle, Freeport (815-721-3375). Note afternoon time and new address for Redmores. The first hour topic will be “A Path to 100% Renewable Energy”. For a copy of the article contact Redmores. The second hour will be an open discussion of whatever issues are brought forth. Everyone is welcome.

Field TripsField Trip: Open Land Birding

Saturday, January 21, 2017
9 a.m. – noon
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Carpool from the Staples lot in Freeport at 9 a.m.

This should be a great opportunity to observe those open land species from the north that frequent our countryside in the winter. We hope to see Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs and Rough-legged Hawks as well as numerous year-around resident species. If we’re really lucky perhaps a Northern Shrike, Merlin or Snowy Owl will make an appearance. We’ll cruise country roads in local areas that were historically prairie. Viewing will be done predominantly from vehicles, using the cars as blinds. Optional lunch after in Freeport. Confirm your attendance by calling Mary, 815-938-3204.