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Field TripsField Trip: Winter Birding at Nachusa Grasslands

Saturday, February 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Nachusa Grasslands
Leader: Laura Dufford, 815-541-8958, lauradufford@gmail.com

Join us for a trip to Nachusa Grasslands to look for wintering birds. Nachusa is a 4,000 acre preserve of mostly prairie, with a smattering of woodlands/savannas and wetlands. During winter months some unusual birds may be seen using the grasslands. The birding will mostly be done by car, but there may be a couple of opportunities for walking if anyone desires. We will conclude the outing with a lunch in Oregon, IL.

Carpool from Staples parking lot (1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL) at 8:30 a.m./ or Forreston Municipal Parking Lot (corner of Rt. 26 and Rt. 72 south of library) at 8:50 a.m. We will return around 2:30 p.m. Please contact Laura to confirm attendance.

MeetingsNIAS Membership Meeting: Bats- Beyond the Myths

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

Bats- Beyond the Myths

Barbara Williams has been a bat booster for forty years and started monitoring bat populations by eavesdropping on their vocalizations in the spring of 2016 with the goal of getting some basic information on the relative abundance of different species of bats that live in Northern Illinois.

This program will examine our local bats and the challenges they face. We’ll take a quick tour of the world’s bats and attitudes that people have toward bats in different cultures. We’ll look at the risks and benefits of welcoming bats to your landscape and ways you can accommodate and encourage bats without conflict.The program will include a demonstration of the bat detection microphone and recorder that Barbara is using to monitor bat populations in Winnebago County.

Our meetings are free and open to the public!

EventsWildlife Wednesdays: Dinosaurs

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

An Audubon member hosts this monthly series called Wildlife Wednesdays at the Freeport Public Library. Each month has a different theme related to nature and wildlife. The Audubon member will read various books related to the theme and incorporate educational and fun learning activities for the child and guardian. There are also activities that can be done at home to continue the learning!

Appropriate audience is two to seven-year olds.

Meetings"Talking Abouth the Issues"

Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
1712 W Parkview Dr., Freeport, IL 61032
Leader: Dick Luthin, 815-232-8624

The first hour topic will be discussion of a controversial opinion piece that maintains that extinction of species is inevitable and that reasons for conserving biodiversity should be only human-centered.

For a copy of the article contact Laura Dufford at 815-947-2720. The second hour will be an open discussion of whatever issues are brought forth. Everyone is welcome.