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November Program: Chasing the Bird Dream
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Field Trip: Migrating Waterfowl on the Mississippi
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Meeting: NIAS Conservation CommitteeMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting
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Field Trip: Migrating Sandhill Cranes and Waterfowl
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MeetingsMeeting: "Talking About the Issues"

Sunday, November 4, 2018
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
9024 W West Grove Rd, Forreston, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

“Talking About the Issues” monthly discussion session, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the home of Mary Blackmore, 9024 W. West Grove Rd., Forreston (815-938-3204). The first hour topic will be a philosophical focus on the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In this 50th anniversary year of the publication of ecologist Garrett Hardin’s essay “The Tragedy of the Commons,” we’ll explore how various decision rules and prolonged short-funding of the ESA are affecting endangered species and the “commons” which we all share and rely upon. For a copy of the topic article contact Mary.

MeetingsNovember Program: Chasing the Bird Dream

Monday, November 5, 2018
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL
Coordinator: Teresa Smith, 815-238-3963

Chasing the Bird Dream

Jon Stravers will present information that involved tracking Red-shouldered Hawks year after year through the swampy forests in the Driftless Region, and monitoring autumn raptor migration at various points along the Upper Mississippi River and along prominent raptor migration flyways in the inter-mountain regions of the Western United States.

During the last twelve years, the singing trill of the Cerulean Warbler has been at the forefront of Jon’s work. Jon will share surprising information regarding concentrations of Ceruleans in the Sny Magill Complex along the Mississippi River and in the Paint Creek Unit of Yellow River State Forest in Northeast Iowa. This local concentration was an important element when the National Audubon Society and Birdlife International designated the Bird Conservation Area in Northeast as being “globally significant.”

More specifically, Jon feels that chasing these bird dreams is a sacred journey and that the search for the birds we love can bring us in touch with an inner spirit that connects us over and over again to the source of life. This program is free and open to the public. For information about this program contact Teresa at 815-238-3963.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
1 – 3 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Stewardship Session at our Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, 1-3 p.m. Tools, gloves, water, snacks and guidance provided. We’ll be working primarily on Multi-flora Rose and honeysuckle.

Carpool from the east Staples lot in Freeport at 12:30. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southwest corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. If weather is questionable call Mary at 815-938-3204.

EventsPrairie Seed Processing

Thursday, November 8, 2018
9 – 11:30 a.m.
3350 S. Mill Grove Rd., Pearl City, IL
Leaders: Anita and John Nienhuis, 815-443-2401

Prairie Seed Processing at the Nienhuis Deluxe Heated Shed! Both processing events this year will be in the morning. Join us from 9-11:30 a.m. for a fun morning as we process our seed collection in preparation from 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 east Staples lot in Freeport at 8:30 or call Anita for directions at 815-443-2401.

Field TripsField Trip: Migrating Waterfowl on the Mississippi

Saturday, November 10, 2018
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Spring Lake Wildlife Area, Savanna, IL
Leader: Anne Straight, 815-938-3263

Lunch at Dusty’s in Thomson

We’ll start the morning at Spring Lake Wildlife Area south of Savanna to view migrating waterfowl. There should be ducks arriving from their northern nesting grounds, and hopefully Tundra Swans will have made their way south. We’ll make several stops along the river for additional viewings ending up with lunch at Dusty’s in Thomson. After lunch, we’ll venture down to Lock & Dam 13 for further waterfowl observations.

Carpool from the Forreston City lot at 8:00 a.m., or meet at Spring Lake location at 9:00. Please let Anne know if you are planning to attend this trip.

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6 – 7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Field TripsField Trip: Migrating Sandhill Cranes and Waterfowl

Thursday, November 15, 2018
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Trip leader: Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720, lauradufford@gmail.com

Lunch will be at Stonewall Café in Pecatonica.

Migrating Sandhill Cranes travel through Northeast IL by the hundreds in late fall. With any luck, we will be able to observe large numbers of cranes and other migrating waterfowl at two different wetlands on this trip. We’ll first stop at the Nygren Wetland overlook near Rockton, IL. After viewing at Nygren we’ll head to Ferguson Wetland near Shirland. Both these properties are owned by Natural Land Institute and offer good opportunities for observing cranes and migrating ducks. We’ll eat lunch at Stonewall Café in Pecatonica on our way back to Freeport.

Carpool from Staples parking in Freeport at 8:00 a.m. Please call or email Laura Dufford to confirm your attendance.

EventsPrairie Seed Processing and Potluck

Friday, November 16, 2018
9 a.m. – noon
3350 S Mill Grove Rd, Pearl City, IL
Leaders: Anita and John Nienhuis, 815-443-2401

Prairie Seed Processing and Potluck at the Nienhuis Deluxe Heated Shed! Join us from 9-11:30 a.m. for a fun morning as we process our seed collection in preparation from planting. No experience is necessary and we'll be having a potluck lunch. Bring a dish to pass and table service for lunch after our work. 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 east Staples lot in Freeport at 8:30 or call Anita for directions at 815-443-2401.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Monday, November 19, 2018
1 – 3 p.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Leaf River, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Stewardship session at our Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, 1-3 p.m. Tools, gloves, water, snacks and guidance provided. We’ll be working primarily on Multi-flora Rose and honeysuckle.

Carpool from the east Staples lot in Freeport at 12:15. The preserve is about 2 miles south of Leaf River on the west side of Leaf River Rd. (S. Main St. crosses HWY 72 in Leaf River and becomes Leaf River Rd.). If weather is questionable call Mary at 815-938-3204.