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Bird Walk: Wetland Areas of eastern Stephenson County
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Listen to Amphibians at Elkhorn Creek
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Bird Walk: Duck's Misery and south Jane Addams Trail
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NIAS 38th Annual Banquet: Nature Photographer David Olson
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Annual Midwest Crane CountField Trip: Pasque Flowers @ Freeport Prairie
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Bird Walk: N. Jane Addams Trail and Orangevill
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Free Film at the Freeport Public Library
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Bird Walk: Newell Tract, Oakdale Nature Preserve
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Listen to Amphibians @ Elkhorn Creek
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EARTH DAY Celebration at Krape Park
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NIAS Newsletter DeadlineMeeting:
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Field TripsBird Walk: Wetland Areas of eastern Stephenson County

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
8 – 11 a.m.
Harbor Freight parking lot, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Wetland Areas of eastern Stephenson County, carpool at 8 a.m.
Every year our chapter schedules spring bird walks to leisurely observe, enjoy and learn about these migratory species. All of the walks will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m. Feel free to join or depart the group at any time during those three hours. Join the carpool at the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport at the time listed for each walk.

EventsListen to Amphibians at Elkhorn Creek

Saturday, April 6, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Join us at our Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve to listen to the spring advertisement calls of frogs and toads. We’ll walk near both wetland areas at the preserve that provide amphibian habitat.

Meet in the parking lot, in the NE corner of the preserve, off of West Grove Rd. at 6:30 p.m. Carpool from the Harbor Freight east parking lot in Freeport at 6:00. The preserve is located 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the SE corner of Freeport and West Grove Rds. If weather is questionable, call Mary.

Field TripsBird Walk: Duck's Misery and south Jane Addams Trail

Monday, April 8, 2019
7:40 – 11 a.m.
Harbor Freight parking lot, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Laura Dufford 815-947-2720,

Duck's Misery and south Jane Addams Trail, carpool at 7:40 a.m.
Every year our chapter schedules spring bird walks to leisurely observe, enjoy and learn about these migratory species. All of the walks will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m. Feel free to join or depart the group at any time during those three hours. Join the carpool at the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport at the time listed for each walk.

MeetingsNIAS 38th Annual Banquet: Nature Photographer David Olson

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Highland Community College, Bldg. H, Room 201, 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport, IL
Speaker: David Olson, Award Winning Photographer

Click here for banquet information and registration form.

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

Professional photographer and naturalist David C. Olson will be giving a large screen presentation on some of his travels and highlights. David's photography expeditions have taken him to the Arctic circle, Central America and many more places throughout North Americas wildest locations. This large screen audio and visual program will feature a collection of Davids favorite images and stories to go along with the pictures. His photography work has been seen in National Geographic, Audubon, Alaska magazine and many more publications. This program is a real treat for the entire family.

See his photography at www.davidolsonphoto.com

EventsAnnual Midwest Crane Count

Saturday, April 13, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 a.m.
Stephenson County, IL
Leader: Teresa Smith, 815-238-3963, timtreetsmith@gmail.com.

Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 13 when we’ll once again be counting Sandhill Cranes in Stephenson County. Our count is part of the larger Midwest Crane Count organized by the International Crane Foundation. Following the count we’ll gather at a local restaurant for breakfast and to turn in count forms. No experience is necessary! If you are new to the Crane Count you will have a veteran counting partner. Last year 26 counters at 14 sites observed a total of 80 cranes, including one flock of 34 cranes.

Volunteers make this count happen so we hope you can join us! To participate call Teresa Smith at 815-238-3963 before April 7. The count is early, brief and rewarding. Counters are on site from 5:30-7:30 a.m. on count day to listen and watch for cranes.

Field TripsField Trip: Pasque Flowers @ Freeport Prairie

Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Freeport Prairie, Walnut Rd, Freeport, IL (SW corner Walnut and Meadows Dr)
Leader: Laura Dufford 815-947-2720

Blooming Pasque Flowers at the Freeport Prairie

Join us as we admire one of the prairie’s harbingers of spring, the Pasque Flower. Unlike the crocus it resembles, a Pasque Flower, Anemone patens, is a member of the buttercup family. In early spring the plant sends up a flower stalk in advance of leaves so what you see are delicate pale violet blooms nestled in the muted tan tangle of last year’s prairie grasses. Come and see how Pasque Flower blooms actually move to track the sun. Please contact Mary if you plan to attend. This trip will only happen if the flowers are blooming.

We’ll meet in the prairie’s parking lot just off of Walnut Rd, after the Crane Count -- approximately 9:30 AM. 

Field TripsBird Walk: N. Jane Addams Trail and Orangevill

Thursday, April 18, 2019
8 – 11 a.m.
Harbor Freight parking lot, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Somer Bozovsky 815-275-0719

Northern Jane Addams Trail and the Orangeville Wetlands:
Meet at the trailhead in Orangeville, just east of the BP gas station at 8 a.m. Carpool at 7:30 a.m.

Every year our chapter schedules spring bird walks to leisurely observe, enjoy and learn about these migratory species. All of the walks will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m. Feel free to join or depart the group at any time during those three hours. Join the carpool at the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport at the time listed for each walk.

EventsFree Film at the Freeport Public Library

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6 – 8 p.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St. Freeport
Paris to Pittsburgh: A film about climate change

This film features the forgotten communties and people affected by climate change. It showcases how Americans are determined to uphold our role in the Paris CLimate Agreement with or without Washington's help. Communities are taking action and demanding real solutions in the face of climate change. 78 minutes long. 

Discussion to follow.  Candy Colby and Juliet Moderow leading discussion. 

Field TripsBird Walk: Newell Tract, Oakdale Nature Preserve

Thursday, April 25, 2019
8 – 11 a.m.
Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Rd., Freeport, IL
Leader: Anne Straight 815-938-3263

Newell Tract, Oakdale Nature Preserve, rural Freeport. Meet in the parking area of the Newell Tract (the part of Oakdale on the west side of Crane’s Grove Rd.)

Every year our chapter schedules spring bird walks to leisurely observe, enjoy and learn about these migratory species. All of the walks will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m. Feel free to join or depart the group at any time during those three hours. Join the carpool at the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport at the time listed for each walk.

EventsListen to Amphibians @ Elkhorn Creek

Friday, April 26, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leader: Don Miller and Anne Straight, 815-938-3263

Listening to Amphibians at Elkhorn Creek

Join us at our Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve to listen to the spring advertisement calls of frogs and toads. We’ll walk near both wetland areas at the preserve that provide amphibian habitat.

Meet in the parking lot, in the NE corner of the preserve, off of West Grove Rd. at 6:30 p.m. Carpool from the Harbor Freight east parking lot in Freeport at 6:00. The preserve is located 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the SE corner of Freeport and West Grove Rds. If weather is questionable, call Anne.

EventsEARTH DAY Celebration at Krape Park

Saturday, April 27, 2019
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Krape Park, 1799 Park Blvd, Freeport, IL

EARTH DAY 2019

Get ready for Earth Day 2019! The Earth Day celebration this year will be on Saturday, April 27, at Krape Park in Freeport, from 9-3.

Come enjoy a day in the park and participate in the events:
 

  • Bird walk at 9:30 a.m. for kids and families led by Richard Benning.
  • Live bird presentation at 11 a.m. by Hoo Haven (community building)
  • Walking meditation with Pat Leitzen-Fye at 2 p.m.
  • Art project with the Freeport Art Museum (Gunkel shelter)
  • Informational displays on sustainability/ environment (Gunkel shelter)
  • Pollinator activity with University of Illinois Extension (a great activity for kids!) 9-noon

Other/MiscellaneousNIAS Newsletter Deadline

Sunday, April 28, 2019

MeetingsMeeting: "Talking About the Issues"

Sunday, April 28, 2019
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Cedarville, IL
Leaders: Harlan and Judy Corrie, 815-563-4932

“Talking About the Issues” monthly discussion session, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the home of Harlan and Judy Corrie in rural Cedarville, 815-563-4932.

The first hour topic will consider air as important bird habitat, in addition to the more familiar terrestrial habitats, and what can be done to protect critical airspace for birds. The article, “The Habitat Up There,” can be obtained by calling Judy and Harlan.

The second hour will be a discussion of whatever issues are brought forth by participants.
All are welcome. Carpool from the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport at 1 p.m. or call Corries for directions.