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March Program: Pelican Nesting Along the Mississippi River
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Meeting: NIAS Board MeetingMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee
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Elkhorn Creek Woodcock Watch
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Understanding the National Audubon Society Survival by Degrees ReportElkhorn Creek Woodcock Watch
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Field Trip: Mississippi River Spring Waterfowl
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MeetingsMarch Program: Pelican Nesting Along the Mississippi River

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL
 
Pelican Nesting Along the Mississippi River

During the spring migration you can look up to the sky and see flocks of the large majestic water birds flying overhead. The sun catches their white feathered wings with black tips to give a spectacular show. The American White Pelican has been nesting along the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois for several years.

Pam Steinhaus, Visitor Services Manager with the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge in Thomson will share information about the pelican nesting spots along the Mississippi River and other fun facts about these fascinating birds.

Open to the public!

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
6 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

EventsElkhorn Creek Woodcock Watch

Friday, March 13, 2020
7 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Contact: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Join us for this evening outing to watch and listen for American Woodcocks performing their amazing courtship display. The “Sky Dance” itself is part ground-strutting and part zig-zagging flight, barely visible in the early evening sky. More fascinating perhaps are the sounds that go with it, the repetitious vocal “peent!” followed by the twittering and chirping sounds made when air rushes through primary flight feathers during the birds’ descent. On a quiet evening, it is pure audio magic.

Carpool from the Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 6:30 p.m. or meet at the preserve at 7:00. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. Make time to experience this unique avian harbinger of spring. The joy will be all yours.

EventsElkhorn Creek Woodcock Watch

Thursday, March 19, 2020
7 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Contact: Anne Straight, 815-938-3263

Join us for this evening outing to watch and listen for American Woodcocks performing their amazing courtship display. The “Sky Dance” itself is part ground-strutting and part zig-zagging flight, barely visible in the early evening sky. More fascinating perhaps are the sounds that go with it, the repetitious vocal “peent!” followed by the twittering and chirping sounds made when air rushes through primary flight feathers during the birds’ descent. On a quiet evening, it is pure audio magic.

Carpool from the Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 6:30 p.m. or meet at the preserve at 7:00. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. Make time to experience this unique avian harbinger of spring. The joy will be all yours.

EventsUnderstanding the National Audubon Society Survival by Degrees Report

Thursday, March 19, 2020
7 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church, 10 S Cherry Ave, Freeport, IL

Understanding the National Audubon Society Survival by Degrees Report

Highland Community College biology instructor Juliet Moderow will explain the science behind the National Audubon Society report Survival by Degrees, that was released In October, 2019. The results will be shared, with specific details from Freeport and surrounding areas. The predicted climate threats for our area will also be explained and what specific birds would be impacted. Two-thirds of North American birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temerature rise.

This program will be designed for those who have questions about the report that states 389 bird species are at risk for extinction and how we can help.

MeetingsMeeting: "Talking About the Issues"

Thursday, March 26, 2020
7 – 9 p.m.
201 W. Zimmerman St., Dakota, IL
Contact: Chris Kruger, 815-238-9259

“Talking About the Issues” monthly discussion, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Chris Kruger, 201 W. Zimmerman St., Dakota (815-238-9259). In the first hour we’ll explore the connection between understanding the past and acting for the future regarding environmental issues. The topic article - Garrett Hardin’s thought provoking editorial “Why Plant a Redwood Tree?” - will be available at the March meeting or by calling Mary Blackmore at 815-938-3204. The second hour will be an open discussion of whatever issues are brought forth. Everyone is welcome.

Field TripsField Trip: Mississippi River Spring Waterfowl

Saturday, March 28, 2020
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Carpool: Harbor Freight, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Contact: Chris Kuger, 815-238-9259
Leader: Mary Blackmore.

Please contact Chris (call 815-238-9259) to confirm attendance. Join us as we look for migrating waterfowl on the Mississippi River south of Savanna. Usually a wide variety of both diving and dabbling ducks are seen in all their breeding plumage and glory, along with grebes, Bald Eagles, and some early songbirds. If we’re lucky we’ll see some Tundra Swans and Sandhill Cranes as well.

Carpool from Harbor Freight at 8 am or meet us at Spring Lake at 9 am. We’ll have lunch in Thomson around noon then head south to Lock and Dam #13.

EventsElkhorn Creek Woodcock Watch

Monday, March 30, 2020
7 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Contact: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Join us for this evening outing to watch and listen for American Woodcocks performing their amazing courtship display. The “Sky Dance” itself is part ground-strutting and part zig-zagging flight, barely visible in the early evening sky. More fascinating perhaps are the sounds that go with it, the repetitious vocal “peent!” followed by the twittering and chirping sounds made when air rushes through primary flight feathers during the birds’ descent. On a quiet evening, it is pure audio magic.

Carpool from the Harbor Freight lot in Freeport at 6:30 p.m. or meet at the preserve at 7:00. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. Make time to experience this unique avian harbinger of spring. The joy will be all yours.