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Field Trip: An Afternoon at the Burpee Museum of Natural History
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NIAS Monthy Meeting: The Spring Branch Watershed Plan
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Audubon in the Library: Arctic Adaptations
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Field TripsField Trip: An Afternoon at the Burpee Museum of Natural History

Saturday, December 3, 2016
12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Burpee Field Museum of Natural History
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Carpool from the Staples lot in Freeport at 12:30 p.m.

Join us as we view new exhibits for Burpee’s 75th anniversary and get a special behind the scenes look at the entomology collection. John Walt will be our guide as he shows us plans for the spring insect exhibit. We’ll then have plenty of time to observe the new displays, including a Native American exhibit featuring Edward Curtis photos and artifacts from the Burpee collection, displays on the history of Burpee and wildlife conservation, as well as the many other exhibits at the museum. There is an $8.00/person fee for this event, please confirm your attendance by calling Mary, 815-938-3204.

MeetingsNIAS Monthy Meeting: The Spring Branch Watershed Plan

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL
 
General Membership Program. Spring Branch Watershed Plan. This month’s program will be presented by Lee Butler, President of Yellow Creek Watershed Partnership and Rebecca Olson, owner and president of Olson Ecological Solutions, LLC. They will discuss the Spring Branch Watershed Plan IEPA Executive Summary. This is a local plan that establishes goals for the Spring Branch Watershed, which is located in the western edge Stephenson County, Illinois, and west of Freeport, Illinois. It is a sub-watershed of Middle Yellow Creek and headwaters to Yellow Creek and the larger Pecatonica River. This group has been working to improve the health and diversity of Yellow Creek and its watershed and they will share their purpose and goals to increase awareness and restoration of watersheds in the region.

More info at blackhawkhills.org or olsonecosolutions.com

EventsAudubon in the Library: Arctic Adaptations

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

Wildlife Wednesday
: "Arctic Adaptations"

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.

EventsChristmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 17, 2016
6:30 a.m.
Spring Grove Family Restaurant, 1521 S. West Ave., Freeport, IL
Leader: Richard Benning, 815-865-5279

You are invited to be a part of this  year’s count. It will take place on  Saturday, December 17. We will meet at the  Spring  Grove  Family Restaurant, 1521 S. West Ave. in Freeport at 6:30 a.m.  for a “Dutch- treat” breakfast. After eating, we will assign territories and divide up.

If  you are a beginning or novice birder, we will assign you with a more experienced  person. The count generally lasts through late afternoon. If you can only help for the morning or  afternoon, we will be meeting at 12:00 noon at the Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau on US Rt. 20 East to eat lunch and discuss afternoon plans. Bring a sack lunch, binoculars and dress for the weather.

Anyone who would like to do some early or late owling should contact count compiler Richard Benning at the number indicated below about the location you will be covering.

You may also be a part of the count by being a feeder counter. See the bird list and instructions. A sign-up sheet will be passed around at the December 6th NIAS monthly meeting for both field counters and  feeder counters. If you cannot attend the meeting and wish to  participate, or if you have any questions, contact Richard  Benning 815-865-5279.