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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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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.

EventsUnderstanding the National Audubon Society Survival by Degrees Report - Canceled

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Grace Episcopal Church, 10 S Cherry Ave, Freeport, IL

Understanding the National Audubon Society Survival by Degrees Report

All area churches have been suggested to close at this time to help reduce the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Due to the location of this presentation, this event has been canceled at this time with no alternate dates at the moment.  Thank you for your understanding. 

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.

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.