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Meeting: Audubon Council of Illinois
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Field Trip: Migrating Waterfowl on the Mississippi
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November Program: Strategies for Blanding's Turtle Recovery in Illinois
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Prairie Seed Processing!
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Meeting: NIAS Conservation CommitteeMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting
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Prairie Seed Processing and Potluck!
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Stewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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MeetingsMeeting: Audubon Council of Illinois

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
9024 W. West Grove Rd., Forreston, IL
Contact: Mary Blackmore: 815-938-3204

Audubon Council of Illinois meeting hosted by our chapter at Mary Blackmore’s home, 9024 W. West Grove Rd., Forreston, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For agenda information call Mary at 815-938-3204.

Field TripsField Trip: Migrating Waterfowl on the Mississippi

Sunday, November 3, 2019
12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Spring Lake Management Unit located off Highway 84 south of Savanna, IL
Coordinator: Laura Dufford, 815-541-8958 or lauradufford@gmail.com

We’ll start our trip at Spring Lake Wildlife Area south of Savanna to view migrating waterfowl. There should be ducks arriving from their northern nesting grounds. We’ll make several stops along the river for additional viewings, ending up at Lock & Dam 13 for further waterfowl observations.

Carpool from Harbor Freight at 12:30 p.m. or meet at Spring Lake location at 1:30. Please let Laura know if you plan to attend this trip and if you plan to carpool from Freeport. And remember to set your clock backs as daylight savings time ends!

MeetingsNovember Program: Strategies for Blanding's Turtle Recovery in Illinois

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL
Presenter: Richard King, PhD, Biology, Northern Illinois University

The Blanding’s Turtle is an Illinois endangered species with a distribution limited to the northern third of the state. Its conservation and management is made challenging by a long lifespan (sexual maturity is not reached until 14-17 years of age) and its use of large expanses of both wetland and upland habitat. Dr. Richard King, Biology Professor at Northern Illinois will share information about the biology and status of this charismatic turtle in Illinois and what is being done to promote its recovery.

EventsPrairie Seed Processing!

Friday, November 8, 2019
9 a.m. – noon
3350 S Mill Grove Rd, Pearl City, IL
Contact: Anita and JohnNienhuis815-443-2401

Prairie Seed Processing at the Nienhuis Deluxe Heated Shed! Join us from 9:00 a.m. to noon for a fun morning as we process our seed collection in preparation 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 east Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 8:30 or call Anita for directions at 815-443-2401.

MeetingsMeeting: "Talking About the Issues"

Sunday, November 10, 2019
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
9024 W West Grove Rd, Forreston, IL
Contact: 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 focus on solutions for addressing climate change. In this year of record high temperatures, floods, fires and ice melting, we need action more than ever.

There is no article to read. We don’t need more information; we need action. Bring with you your ideas for solutions on the local, state, national and international levels, as well as meaningful steps we can take in our personal lives. Everyone is welcome.

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

EventsPrairie Seed Processing and Potluck!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3350 S. Mill Grove Rd, Pearl City, IL
Contact: Anita and JohnNienhuis815-443-2401

Prairie Seed Processing and Potluck at the Nienhuis Deluxe Heated Shed! Join us from 9:00 a.m. to noon for a fun morning as we process our seed collection in preparation 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. Potluck follows immediately, bring a dish to pass and table service.

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

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Saturday, November 16, 2019
1 – 3 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)

Contact: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Stewardship session at our Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tools, gloves, water, snacks and guidance provided. We’ll be working primarily on Multi-flora Rose and honeysuckle. Carpool from the east Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 12:30.

Carpool from the east Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 12:30 p.m. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast 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.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
1 – 3 p.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Leaf River, IL (SE corner of Leaf River and West Grove Rds)
Contact: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Stewardship session at our Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tools, gloves, water, snacks and guidance provided. We’ll be working primarily on Multi-flora Rose and honeysuckle, but may do some seed collecting.

Carpool from the east Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 12:15 p.m. 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.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Thursday, November 21, 2019
1 – 3 p.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Leaf River, IL (SE corner of Leaf River and West Grove Rds)
Contact: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Stewardship session at our Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tools, gloves, water, snacks and guidance provided. We’ll be working primarily on Multi-flora Rose and honeysuckle, but may do some seed collecting.

Carpool from the east Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 12:15 p.m. 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.