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Field Trip: Blooming Pasque Flowers at Freeport Prairie
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Field Trip: Spring Mississippi River Waterfowl
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NIAS 37th Annual Banquet: Curious Encounters with the Natural World
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Annual Midwest Crane Count
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Field Trip: Spring Birding at Whitefish Point
 

Field TripsField Trip: Blooming Pasque Flowers at Freeport Prairie

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
3 – 4 p.m.
Freeport Prairie Nature Preserve
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Join us as we are treated to one of the prairie’s harbingers of spring, the Pasque Flower.

Come and see how Pasque Flower blooms actually move to track the sun. We’ll meet in the prairie’s parking lot just off of Walnut Rd. at 3 p.m.

Field TripsField Trip: Spring Mississippi River Waterfowl

Saturday, April 7, 2018
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Spring Lake, IL
Leaders: Anne Straight, 815-938-3263
             Laura Dufford, 815-541-8958, lauradufford@gmail.com

Join us as we look for migrating waterfowl on the Mississippi River south of Savanna.

Carpool from Forreston Municipal Lot at 8:00 (next to Library) or meet us at Spring Lake at 9:00. We’ll have lunch in the Thomson area around noon then head south to Lock and Dam #13. Please contact Laura Dufford to confirm your attendance.

 

MeetingsNIAS 37th Annual Banquet: Curious Encounters with the Natural World

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Highland Community College, Bldg. H, Room 201, 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport, IL

Mark your calendars now for this wonderful presentation "Curious Encounters with the Natural World" by Michael Jefford and Susan Post. Registration forms will be mailed in March

Silent Auction: 5:30
Dinner: 6:00
Program 7:30

EventsAnnual Midwest Crane Count

Saturday, April 14, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 a.m.
Stephenson County

Mark your calendar now for the annual Midwest Crane Count, 5:30-7:30 a.m. Each year our chapter volunteers to census cranes in Stephenson County. Details in the next newsletter.

Field TripsField Trip: Spring Birding at Whitefish Point

Monday, April 30, 2018, to Friday, May 4, 2018
Whitefish Point, U.P. Michigan
Leader: Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720

Our chapter once again will be offering an extended spring birding field trip. Our 2018 destination is Whitefish Point, on the far northeastern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.). Information sheets with full details will be available at monthly meetings or upon request.

In order to create a more equitable opportunity for participation, all registrations will be accepted beginning February 13 at 8 a.m. by calling Laura Dufford at 815-947-2720. A $100 deposit is required to secure your reservation. There is a limit of 11 participants and a waiting list will be maintained. Registration deadline is March 30.