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Bird Walk: Pecatonica River Forest Preserve
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Field Trip: Wildflowers & Birds of the Palisades
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Annual Birdathon Fundraiser!
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May Presentation and Potluck
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Stewardship: Freeport Prairie
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Bird Walk: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Annual Bird Festival @ Silver Creek
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Meeting: NIAS Board MeetingMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee
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Bird Walk: Krape Park
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Stewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Meeting:
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Bird Walk: Espenscheid Forest Preserve
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Stewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Field Trip: An Evening of Birding @ Lost Mound
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Bird Walk: Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary
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First Campfire @ Silver Creek
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Stewarship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
 

Field TripsBird Walk: Pecatonica River Forest Preserve

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
8 – 11 a.m.
Harbor Freight parking lot, 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! Carpool from Harbor Freight parking lot 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.

Field TripsField Trip: Wildflowers & Birds of the Palisades

Friday, May 3, 2019
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna, IL
Leader: Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720, email: lauradufford@gmail.com

Each spring, the Mississippi Palisades State Park just north of Savanna, is a destination for birders and botanists alike. Due to its unique topography, unusual birds such as the Yellow-throated Warbler and Northern Parula warbler, and uncommon plants like Large-Flowered Trillium and Amethyst Shooting Star are found.

Carpool from the Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport at 8 a.m. or meet our group at the first parking lot inside the south entrance to the Palisades. We’ll eat lunch in Savanna and return to Freeport around 2 pm.

Please confirm your attendance with Laura by email or phone.

EventsAnnual Birdathon Fundraiser!

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Contact: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

This year our chapter marks its 40th year of sponsoring a BIRDATHON fundraising event! In that time thousands of dollars have been raised for bird conservation. Please join us in making this year’s effort our best yet!

We invite you to make a pledge to any of the birders who will be participating in our chapter’s annual BIRDATHON on May 5. Your pledge, for instance 15¢, will be per SPECIES of bird that your selected birder(s) identifies on that day. Your birder will contact you after the count with his or her species total and collect your contribution.

MeetingsMay Presentation and Potluck

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
6 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL
Speaker: Dr. Kurt Burnham, High Arctic Institute
Birds and ‘Bergs: 28 Years of Avian Research in Greenland

Start the evening with a delicious potluck meal. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. NIAS will provide beverages. After the meal, there will be a short business meeting with announcements. The program will follow at approximately 7:15 pm.

Our program will feature Dr. Kurt Burnham from the High Arctic Institute who has conducted field research in Greenland every summer since 1991. Kurt will share the highlights of his 28 years of research with a focus on the future and what changes climate change may have on the avian community in north Greenland. The High Artic Institute initially studied Peregrine Falcons and Gyrfalcons but over the past 15 years has branched out to include studies on seabirds, sea ducks, passerines, etc. Current studies include long-term monitoring of falcon populations, migration studies on seabirds, and research on pollutants.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Freeport Prairie

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10 a.m. – noon
Freeport Prairie, Walnut Rd, Freeport, IL (SW corner Walnut and Meadows Dr)
Leaders: Nancy Ocken, rnocken@gmail.com, Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

We invite you to join us as we work together to reduce the numbers of wild parsnip, garlic mustard and honeysuckle. Early removal means not only cooler temperatures for us, but less biomass. We just slice and fling with our trusty parsnip predator tools and don’t have to carry out seedheads.

Be sure to wear a hat, long sleeves, long pants (light colored is best) and socks long
enough to tuck your pant legs into (in case of ticks). Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. If weather is questionable contact Mary or Nancy as above.

The Freeport Prairie is located off of Walnut Rd. on Freeport’s south side. Carpool at the time listed from the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport.

Field TripsBird Walk: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Thursday, May 9, 2019
8 – 11 a.m.
Harbor Freight parking lot, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds. The parking area is off of West Grove Rd. Carpool from Harbor Frieght parking lot at 7:30 a.m. We also hope to observe blooming spring prairie flowers.

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.

EventsAnnual Bird Festival @ Silver Creek

Saturday, May 11, 2019
8 – 11 a.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Leaf River, IL (SE corner of Leaf River and West Grove Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Join us for an informative, fun, family-friendly morning as we explore the Silver Creek Biodiversity preserve for the many migrating and resident birds found there. One hundred five species of birds have been documented in the grasslands, woodlands and stream corridors of Silver Creek.

Tours will begin at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00a.m. The 10:00 tour will be specificallyoriented to kids and families, includinginformation on how to use binoculars. No binocs? No worries! Audubon binocularswill be available to use during each tour.Free “Illinois Birds” pocket guides will bedistributed while supplies last.

The preserve is located about 2 miles south of Leaf River (S. Main St. in Leaf River becomes Leaf River Rd.), with parking just off of Leaf River Rd. If weather is questionable, call Mary at 815-938-3204. We hope to see you there!

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Monday, May 13, 2019
10 a.m. – noon
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Nancy Ocken, rnocken@gmail.com, Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

We invite you to join us as we work together to reduce the numbers of wild parsnip, garlic mustard and honeysuckle. Early removal means not only cooler temperatures for us, but less biomass. We just slice and fling with our trusty parsnip predator tools and don’t have to carry out seedheads.

Be sure to wear a hat, long sleeves, long pants (light colored is best) and socks long
enough to tuck your pant legs into (in case of ticks). Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. If weather is questionable contact Mary or Nancy as above.

Elkhorn Creek preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast
corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. Carpool at 9:30 a.m. from the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport.

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
6 – 7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Field TripsBird Walk: Krape Park

Thursday, May 16, 2019
8 – 11 a.m.
Krape Park, 1799 Park Blvd, Freeport, IL
Leader: Juliet Moderow, 201-233-0946

Krape Park, Freeport. Meet in the parking lot by the dam, first left after bridge and duck pond.

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.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Friday, May 17, 2019
9 – 11 a.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Leaf River, IL (SE corner of Leaf River and West Grove Rds)
Leaders: Nancy Ocken, rnocken@gmail.com, Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

We invite you to join us as we work together to reduce the numbers of wild parsnip, garlic mustard and honeysuckle. Early removal means not only cooler temperatures for us, but less biomass. We just slice and fling with our trusty parsnip predator tools and don’t have to carry out seedheads.

Be sure to wear a hat, long sleeves, long pants (light colored is best) and socks long
enough to tuck your pant legs into (in case of ticks). Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. If weather is questionable contact Mary or Nancy as above.

Silver Creek preserve is located about 2 miles south of Leaf River (S. Main St. in Leaf River becomes Leaf River Rd.), with parking just off of Leaf River Rd. Carpool at 8:15 a.m. from the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport.

MeetingsMeeting: "Talking About the Issues"

Saturday, May 18, 2019
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
1809 Parkview Circle, Freeport, IL
Leaders: Fred and Carol Redmore, 815-721-3375

“Talking About the Issues” monthly discussion session, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the home of Fred and Carol Redmore, 1809 Parkview Circle, Freeport, 815-721-3375. PLEASE NOTE: This is a Saturday!

The first hour topic will be determined. For a copy of the article, call Carol or obtain one
at the May 7 potluck/program. The second hour will be a discussion of whatever issues
are brought forth by participants. All are welcome.

Field TripsBird Walk: Espenscheid Forest Preserve

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
8 – 11 a.m.
Harbor Freight parking lot, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Richard Benning (815-865-5279

Harry and Dorothy Espenscheid Forest Preserve, northeast of Freeport. Carpool from Harbor Freight parking lot at 7:30 a.m. or follow these directions: from the junction of HWY 20 Bypass and HWY 75, take HWY 75 about 5 miles to Cedarville Rd., turn right (east) on Cedarville Rd. and drive 4.2 miles to Eggert Rd., turn left (north) on Eggert and go 1.8 miles to Farm School Rd. turn right (east) and go 0.3 miles to the preserve (on north side of the road).

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.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Thursday, May 23, 2019
8 – 10 a.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Leaf River, IL (SE corner of Leaf River and West Grove Rds)
Leaders: Nancy Ocken, rnocken@gmail.com, Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

We invite you to join us as we work together to reduce the numbers of wild parsnip, garlic mustard and honeysuckle. Early removal means not only cooler temperatures for us, but less biomass. We just slice and fling with our trusty parsnip predator tools and don’t have to carry out seedheads.

Be sure to wear a hat, long sleeves, long pants (light colored is best) and socks long
enough to tuck your pant legs into (in case of ticks). Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. If weather is questionable contact Mary or Nancy as above.

Silver Creek preserve is located about 2 miles south of Leaf River (S. Main St. in Leaf River becomes Leaf River Rd.), with parking just off of Leaf River Rd. Carpool at 7:15 a.m. from the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport.

Field TripsField Trip: An Evening of Birding @ Lost Mound

Friday, May 24, 2019
5:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Lost Mound Unit, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, Savanna, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Join us as we travel alongside sand prairies, sand savannas and the mighty Mississippi in search of birds at the Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge just north of Savanna. Of primary interest will be the awesome courtship display of the Common Nighthawk, as well as vocalization of both Eastern Whip-poor-wills and American Woodcocks. There will be enough time to observe many of the grassland species of Lost Mound as well.

Meet at the Fish and Wildlife office building at Lost Mound at 6:30 or carpool from the
Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport at 5:30 p.m. Return to Freeport around 10:30 p.m.
Call Mary to confirm your attendance.

Field TripsBird Walk: Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
8 – 11 a.m.
Harbor Freight parking lot, 1722 S West Ave, Freeport, IL
Leader: Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720

Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary, 5559 E. Rush Creek Rd., Stockton, features both grassland and woodland habitat. Carpool from the Harbor Freight parking lot at 7 a.m. or meet in the Stockton village park 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.

EventsFirst Campfire @ Silver Creek

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
7 p.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Leaf River, IL (SE corner of Leaf River and West Grove Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

First Campfire of the year at our Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve. At 7 p.m. we’ll take a leisurely stroll to observe blooming plants and nesting birds. The campfire will start at 8 p.m. S’mores and water will be provided. Bring a lawn chair and flashlight.

Carpool from the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport at 6:15. The preserve is located about 2 miles south of Leaf River (S. Main St. in Leaf River becomes Leaf River Rd.) with parking just off of Leaf River Rd. If weather is questionable call Mary at 815-938-3204.

Stewardship DaysStewarship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Friday, May 31, 2019
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Nancy Ocken, rnocken@gmail.com, Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

We invite you to join us as we work together to reduce the numbers of wild parsnip, garlic mustard and honeysuckle. Early removal means not only cooler temperatures for us, but less biomass. We just slice and fling with our trusty parsnip predator tools and don’t have to carry out seedheads.

Be sure to wear a hat, long sleeves, long pants (light colored is best) and socks long
enough to tuck your pant legs into (in case of ticks). Tools, gloves, water and snacks will be provided. If weather is questionable contact Mary or Nancy as above.

Elkhorn Creek preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast
corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. Carpool at 7:30 a.m. from the Harbor Freight east lot in Freeport.