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MeetingsDecember Program: Trends in Monarch Populations

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL
Speaker: Ann Wasser, Director Severson Dells Nature Center

The monarch is an iconic species in North America and around the world. At the December program, we will look at the three different monarch populations in North America, what factors affect these populations, and what citizen scientists are doing to better understand monarchs.

Our speaker Ann Wasser, Director at Severson Dells Nature Center. Ann worked for 5 year at the Pacific Grove Museum of natural history and led their monarch citizen science program and partnered with the Xerces Society, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Monarch Joint Venture to tag and sample western monarchs. We hope you can join us for this program to learn more about current research, conservation efforts, and what you can do to help support monarchs.

This program is free and open to the public. For information about this program contact Teresa at 815-238-3963.

EventsChristman Bird Count

Saturday, December 15, 2018
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 43rd time that our chapter has taken part in this endeavor to take one-day snapshots of bird diversity and population in predetermined areas.

You are invited to be a part of this year’s count. It will take place on Saturday, December 15. 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 Freeport Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau on US Rt. 20 East to eat lunch and discuss afternoon plans. Bring a sack lunch and 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. A sign-up sheet will be passed around at the December 4th 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.

Other/MiscellaneousNIAS Newsletter Deadline

Friday, December 28, 2018