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NIAS Membership Meeting: Coyotes in Illinois
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MeetingsNIAS Membership Meeting: Coyotes in Illinois

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL


Peggy Doty, Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator with University of Illinois Extension, will speak about the coyote population in Illinois. Coyotes have to be one of the most misunderstood species in Illinois and the U.S.They conjure up mixed feelings of fear, anger, and for some, wild beauty. There aremany stories about coyotes and some circles believe them to be the jokester of thewild. Many of these feelings depend on who you are, where you live, and even what you do for a living.Coyotes get blamed for many things they do and don’t do in our spaces. They nonetheless should get theaward for best survivalist despite the human population. We have all but paved the road for the coyote’shistorical expansion.

Come and hear Peggy talk about this incredible animal and what you can expect from them in your neighborhood.

Our meetings are free and open to the public!

EventsWildlife Wednesdays: Wintering Birds

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

Wintering Birds

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.

EventsChristmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 16, 2017
6:30 a.m.
Spring Grove Family Restaurant, 1521 S. West Ave., Freeport, IL
Leader: Richard Benning, 815-865-5279

It’s time once again for the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. This will be the 42nd time that our chapter has taken part in this endeavor to take one-day snapshots of bird diversity and population in predetermined areas.

See page 6 of the December Newsletter for details.