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MeetingsNIAS Membership Meeting: Hog Island Trip

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Hannah Badgett, a current student at Stevens Point  Wisconsin in the College of Natural Resources, will present our January program. Hannah will share stories and pictures of her recent trip to Hog Island Audubon Camp.

Hog Island is home to many hawks, eagles, falcons, vulture and owls. It has a thriving osprey population and Hannah will share how the osprey and other raptures play a critical role in the environment.

Our meetings are free and open to the public!

Meetings"Talking About the Issues"

Saturday, January 6, 2018
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
1809 Parkview Circle, Freeport, IL
Leaders: Fred and Carol Redmore, 815-721-3375

The first hour topic will be an exploration of what is needed to maintain viable populations of the Kirtland’s Warbler as it transitions off of the endangered species list. This warbler is a prime example of a “conservation-reliant species,” as it always will need, to some extent, human intervention to maintain its breeding habitat and to reduce cowbird parasitism. For a copy of the article, contact Redmores. The second hour will be a discussion of whatever issues are brought forth. Everyone is welcome.

MeetingsNIAS Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, January 8, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Conservation Committee will meet beforehand at 6 p.m.

Field TripsField Trip: Open Land Birding

Saturday, January 13, 2018
9 a.m. – noon
Staples, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Once again we will travel local country roads in search of those open land species from the north that frequent our area primarily during the winter. This year you have two opportunities for fun – come to either or both!

We will carpool and cruise country roads in local areas that were historically prairie. Viewing will be done predominantly from vehicles, using cars as blinds. Optional lunch after in Freeport. Confirm your attendance by calling Mary.

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

Field TripsField Trip: Open Land Birding

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
9 a.m. – noon
Staples, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL

Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Once again we will travel local country roads in search of those open land species from the north that frequent our area primarily during the winter. This year you have two opportunities for fun – come to either or both!

We will carpool and cruise country roads in local areas that were historically prairie. Viewing will be done predominantly from vehicles, using cars as blinds. Optional lunch after in Freeport. Confirm your attendance by calling Mary.

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