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Cleanup at Freeport Public Library
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Field Trip: Blooming Pasque Flowers at Freeport PrairieWildlife Wednesdays: Bats
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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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Bird Walk: Wetlands in Eastern Stephenson CountyEARTH Film Series (Children): Deep
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Annual Midwest Crane Count
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek
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Bird Walk: Duck's Misery and Jane Addams Trail
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Stewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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EARTH Film Series (Adult): Being the Change- A New Kind of Climate Documentary
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EARTH Day Celebration at Krape Park
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Bird Walk: Pecatonica River Forest Preserve
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EARTH Film Series (Children): Disney Nature BearsField Trip: Wildflowers of Mississippi Palisades State Park
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4th Annual Superhero Cleanup
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Field Trip: Spring Birding at Whitefish Point
 

EventsCleanup at Freeport Public Library

Monday, April 2, 2018
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

Library Cleanup Project
Be a litter-busting hero. Help Anna and others pick up around Debate Square and keep our city clean. Open to all ages!

EventsWildlife Wednesdays: Bats

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

Bats with Betty Mickel

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.

This will be the last Wildlife Wednesday.

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

The 2018 banquet will feature Michael Jeffords and Susan Post who have circled the globe and explored their neighborhood collecting images of the natural world. The program will include an eclectic collection of stories with breathtaking pictures of the pair’s most unusual encounters. From the “necking” battles of mate-hungry giraffes to the breathtaking beauty of millions of monarch butterflies at rest, Jeffords and Post will share stunning photographs and their own insightful stories of their spectacular encounters in nature. Their training as entomologists offers unique perspectives on surprise stag beetle swarms and spider hunting habits. Their photographic eye, honed by decades of observation, finds expression in once-in-a-lifetime images.

The program will be a glimpse into their most recent book entitled Curious Encounters with the Natural World: From Grumpy Spiders to Hidden Tigers. Books will be available for sale at the banquet.

Reservations for the banquet must be received by March 30th. Reservation forms can be downloaded HERE, by calling Tim at 815-835-5109 or by requesting a form through e-mail at nwilaudubon@gmail.com. Reservations are not required for attendance at the program (no meal) which starts at 7:00 PM. The cost for the program only is $3 for adults.

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

Field TripsBird Walk: Wetlands in Eastern Stephenson County

Thursday, April 12, 2018
8 – 11 a.m.
Staples, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Wetland areas of eastern Stephenson county.

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 Staples east lot in Freeport at 8:00 a.m.

EventsEARTH Film Series (Children): Deep

Thursday, April 12, 2018
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

DEEP Thursday, April 12, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Children’s film: A little octopus and friends must journey across the ocean when their home is destroyed.
Rated PG, 1 hr. 30 minutes.

All films are free and open to the public. Films will be shown in Meeting Room A at the Freeport Public Library.

EventsAnnual Midwest Crane Count

Saturday, April 14, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 a.m.
Stephenson County
Leader: Teresa Smith, 815-238-3963


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. 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 15 sites observed a total of 119 cranes, including 14 pairs. 2017 included a record high number of cranes with the potential for 2018 to exceed the 2017 numbers.

Volunteers make this count happen so we hope you can join us! To participate call Teresa Smith 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.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek

Sunday, April 15, 2018
2 – 4 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Please join us for this stewardship session! Depending upon the site or week, we will be doing a variety of tasks such as removing sweet clover, burdock and wild parsnip, cutting brush, girdling saplings or otherwise reducing the competition to our native prairie, woodland and wetland remnants.

You Supply: Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!). Take along insect repellent and sunscreen.

We Supply: Tools, gloves, water, snacks and directions about our work always will be provided.

Carpooling: The carpool site to Elkhorn Creek is the east portion of the Staples parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Departure time is 1:30 p.m.

Questions? If the weather is questionable or you need more information, contact the listed leader.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds. Parking is off of West Grove Rd.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
8 – 11 a.m.
Staples, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720

Duck’s Misery and the southern Jane Addams Trail.

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 Staples east lot in Freeport at 7:40 a.m.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
2 – 4 p.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Please join us for this stewardship session! Depending upon the site or week, we will be doing a variety of tasks such as removing sweet clover, burdock and wild parsnip, cutting brush, girdling saplings or otherwise reducing the competition to our native prairie, woodland and wetland remnants.

You Supply: Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!). Take along insect repellent and sunscreen.

We Supply: Tools, gloves, water, snacks and directions about our work always will be provided.

Carpooling: The carpool site to Silver Creek is the east portion of the Staples parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Departure time is 1:15 p.m.

If weather is questionable call Mary at 815-938-3204 or email Nancy at rnocken@gmail.com.

Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 2 miles south of Leaf River in the southwest corner of the intersection of Leaf River Rd. and West Grove Rd. Parking is off of Leaf River Rd. about ¼ mile south of the intersection (S. Main St. crossing Hwy 72 in Leaf River becomes Leaf River Rd.)

EventsEARTH Film Series (Adult): Being the Change- A New Kind of Climate Documentary

Thursday, April 19, 2018
6 p.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

Being The Change – A New Kind of Climate Documentary
Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library

Complementing the book Being the Change, this film delves into the life of Caltech / Jet Propulsion Laboratory atmospheric scientist Peter Kalmus, who changed his outlook and reduced fossil fuel use to 1/10th that of the average American.
Not rated, 60 minutes.

All films are free and open to the public. Films will be shown in Meeting Room A at the Freeport Public Library.

Meetings"Talking About the Issues"

Friday, April 20, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.
Cedarville, IL
Leaders: Harlan and Judy Corrie, 815-563-4932

“Talking About the Issues” monthly discussion session, 7-9 p.m. at the home of Harlan and Judy Corrie in rural Cedarville, 815-563-4932. The first hour topic will focus on various strategies to cope with rising sea levels. The article “Permanence is Just an Illusion” is from the Winter, 2017 Audubon magazine. If you need a copy of the article contact Mary Blackmore at 815-938-3204. The second hour will be a discussion of whatever issues are brought forth by participants.

All are welcome. Carpool from the Staples east lot in Freeport at 6:30 or call Corries for directions.

EventsEARTH Day Celebration at Krape Park

Saturday, April 21, 2018
1 – 4 p.m.
1799 Park Blvd, Freeport, IL 61032

EARTH Day Celebration at Krape Park
1799 Park Blvd, Freeport, IL 61032

Free and open to the public – Rain or Shine
1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Gunkel Shelter

Art project with the Freeport Art Museum
www.freeportartmuseum.com

Energy Efficiency & Clean Transportation exhibit, including Ebike, with Audubon member Josef Appell

Vermicomposting
with U of I Extension Master Gardeners Glenn and Laurie Gungel

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Monday, April 23, 2018
2 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Please join us for this stewardship session! Depending upon the site or week, we will be doing a variety of tasks such as removing sweet clover, burdock and wild parsnip, cutting brush, girdling saplings or otherwise reducing the competition to our native prairie, woodland and wetland remnants.

You Supply: Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks long enough to tuck your pant legs into (for tick avoidance), a hat and footwear that can get wet (earlier is dewier!). Take along insect repellent and sunscreen.

We Supply: Tools, gloves, water, snacks and directions about our work always will be provided.

Carpooling: The carpool site to Elkhorn Creek is the east portion of the Staples parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Departure time is 1:30 p.m.

Questions? If the weather is questionable or you need more information, contact the listed leader.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds. Parking is off of West Grove Rd.

Field TripsBird Walk: Pecatonica River Forest Preserve

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
8 – 11 a.m.
Staples, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Richard Benning, 815-865-5279

Pecatonica River Forest Preserve (main entrance by the campground). A special bonus of this walk will be stunning wildflowers and possible singing frogs!

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 Staples east lot in Freeport at 7:30 a.m.

Field TripsField Trip: Wildflowers of Mississippi Palisades State Park

Thursday, April 26, 2018
1 – 5 p.m.
Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna, IL
Leader: Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720, lauradufford@gmail.com

Each spring, portions of the Mississippi Palisades State Park, just north of Savanna, are a wildflower wonderland. Especially impressive are carpets of three species of trillium, including Large-flowered Trillium. Also unique to the Palisades is the Amethyst Shooting Star found near the top of the bluffs. There will be some walking involved with this trip.

Carpool from the Staples lot in Freeport at 1 p.m., or meet the group at the first parking lot inside the south entrance of the Palisades Park around 1:45. We’ll return to Freeport around 5 p.m. Please call or email Laura to confirm your attendance.

EventsEARTH Film Series (Children): Disney Nature Bears

Thursday, April 26, 2018
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

Disney Nature Bears
Thursday, April 26, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library

Complementing the book Being the Change, this film delves into the life of Caltech / Jet Propulsion Laboratory atmospheric scientist Peter Kalmus, who changed his outlook and reduced fossil fuel use to 1/10th that of the average American.
Not rated, 60 minutes.

All films are free and open to the public. Films will be shown in Meeting Room A at the Freeport Public Library.

Events4th Annual Superhero Cleanup

Saturday, April 28, 2018
11 a.m.
Read Park, 1200 Park Lane Dr, Freeport, IL

Superhero Cleanup with Be The Change
Saturday, April 28
Kickoff at 11:00 am at Read Park, 1200 Park Lane Dr, Freeport

We are again helping to promote the 4th Annual Superhero Cleanup led by Be the Change. It is encouraged for volunteers to wear their favorite superhero attires, but it isn’t required! The kickoff starts at Read Park in Freeport and then small groups will disperse to grimefilled locations. You are also welcome to gather your own group and contact BTC in advance to plan your own cleanup location.

If you are unable to participate but would like to help through other ways by donations of items (garbage bags, gloves, etc.), please contact Grimefightabtc@icloud.com.

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.