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Wildlife Wednesdays: Wolves and Other Wild Dogs
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Oakdale Nature Preserve: Family Nature Fall HikeMeeting: Audubon Council of Illinois (ACI)
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Meeting: Conservation Committee
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Prairie Seed Processing
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JDCF & IDNR: Return of Large Predators to the Midwest
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NIAS Board of Directors Meeting
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NIAS Membership Meeting: Monitoring Bald Eagle Migration
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Prairie Seed Processing & Potluck
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Field Trip: Migrating Waterfowl on the Mississippi
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EventsWildlife Wednesdays: Wolves and Other Wild Dogs

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

Wolves and Other Wild Dogs

Ms. Juliet hosts a monthly series called Wildlife Wednesdays at the Freeport Public Library. Each month has a different theme related to nature and wildlife. She will read various books related to the theme and then show the children specimens that they can touch. There are also activities that can be done at home to continue the learning!

Appropriate audience is two to seven-year olds.

MeetingsMeeting: Audubon Council of Illinois (ACI)

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Chicago, IL
Leader: Rex Sides, 408-390-3970

Audubon Council of Illinois (ACI) fall meeting in Chicago. For agenda and carpool information contact Rex Sides at 408-390-3970. ACI is a coalition of National Audubon chapters in Illinois.

EventsOakdale Nature Preserve: Family Nature Fall Hike

Saturday, November 4, 2017
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Rd., Freeport, IL
Leader: Juliet Moderow, 201-233-0946

We will lead a hike around Oakdale and look for birds and other fall creatures before the
snow arrives! We will have binoculars for the kids & family members to use and nets/jars to observe any critters we can find. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather with good hiking footwear. A parent or guardian needs to be present with the child at all times.

Meet in front of the Mogle Center at Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Rd., Freeport, IL at 10:00 a.m.

Contact leader Juliet Moderow at 201-233-0946 to register and/or if weather is questionable.

MeetingsMeeting: Conservation Committee

Monday, November 6, 2017
6 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Conservation Committee meeting at 6 p.m., St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd, Freeport (prior to the NIAS Board meeting).

EventsPrairie Seed Processing

Friday, November 10, 2017
7 – 9 p.m.
3350 S Mill Grove Rd, Pearl City, IL
Leaders: Anita and John, 815-443-2401

Prairie Seed Processing at the Nienhuis Deluxe Heated Shed! Join us from 7-9 p.m. for a fun evening as we prepare our seed collection for planting. No experience is necessary and refreshments will be provided. Seed processing is sort of like a botanical quilting bee with lots of good conversation.

Anita and John live at 3350 S. Mill Grove Rd., Pearl City, about 8 miles west of Freeport. Carpool from the Freeport Staples lot at 6:30 or call Anita for directions at 815-443-2401.

EventsJDCF & IDNR: Return of Large Predators to the Midwest

Saturday, November 11, 2017
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Woodbine Bend Golf Course

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation and the Illinois DNR program – Return of Large Predators to the Midwest. Woodbine Bend Golf Course 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. For more information see: www.jdcf.org/events

Meetings"Talking About the Issues"

Sunday, November 12, 2017
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
9024 W West Grove Rd, Forreston, IL
Leader: Mary, 815-938-3204

“Talking About the Issues” monthly discussion session, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (note afternoon time!) at the home of Mary Blackmore, 9024 W. West Grove Rd., Forreston (815-938-3204). The first hour topic will focus on the economic value of avian ecological services. Call Mary for a copy of the topic article, “How Much is a Bird Worth?”. The second hour will be a discussion of whatever issues are brought forth by participants.

All are welcome to attend. Carpool from the Freeport Staples lot at 1 p.m. or call Mary for directions.

MeetingsNIAS Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, November 13, 2017
7 – 9 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

MeetingsNIAS Membership Meeting: Monitoring Bald Eagle Migration

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Join us for a presentation by Sarah Schmucker from the Biologist at the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Moline

NOTE: Day changed to second Tuesday due to Elecion Day on November 7.

Bald Eagle numbers have increased dramatically over the past 30 years, with the upper Midwest housing one of the densest populations of Bald Eagles in North America. Sara will share how new telemetry devices are used to track the origin of wintering birds, their seasonal migration pathways and their local movements. She will share how this information will be used to help avoid and minimize impact to eagles throughout the Midwest.

Our meetings are free and open to the public!

EventsPrairie Seed Processing & Potluck

Friday, November 17, 2017
9 a.m.
3350 S Mill Grove Rd, Pearl City, IL
Leaders: Anita and John, 815-443-2401

Prairie Seed Processing and Potluck Lunch, 9 a.m. Details same as November 10 except for this morning work session, bring a dish to pass and table service for lunch after our work.

Anita and John live at 3350 S. Mill Grove Rd., Pearl City, about 8 miles west of Freeport. Carpool from the Freeport Staples lot at 8:30 a.m. or call Anita for directions at 815-443-2401.

Field TripsField Trip: Migrating Waterfowl on the Mississippi

Saturday, November 18, 2017
8 a.m.
Spring Lake south of Savanna
Leaders: Anne Straight and Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720, lauradufford@gmail.com

We’ll start the morning at Spring Lake south of Savanna to view migrating waterfowl. There should be ducks arriving and hopefully the Tundra Swans will have made their way south. We will make several stops along the river for viewing, and end the trip with lunch at Heirloom Café in Thomson.

Carpool at 8:00 (Staple’s parking lot) or meet at 9:00 (Spring Lake)