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Stewardship: Silver Creek
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Bluestem View
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Grow Freeport - Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC) Local Food Tour
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Swamp Sparrow Wetland
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Meeting: Audubon Council of Illinois Summer Meeting
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Old Joe Seep
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Wildlife Wednesday: Animal Homes I: Hives, Galls, Mounds, Shells, and WebsStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Spiderwort Vista and Fruit Bowl
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Stewardship: Freeport PrairieAudubon at the Movies: Ice Age: Collision Course
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Mississippi Backwater Canoe trip
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Firefly Campfire at Elkhorn Creek
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Corner Planting
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Stewardship DaysStewardship: Silver Creek

Thursday, June 1, 2017
8 – 10 a.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary, 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 7:15 a.m.

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

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.)

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Bluestem View

Monday, June 5, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Kara, 815-871-8014

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 6:30 a.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 TripsGrow Freeport - Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC) Local Food Tour

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
6:30 – 8 p.m.
FACC office: 514 S. Chicago
Coordinator: Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720

Meet at the FACC office: 514 S. Chicago (5 blocks south of the Lindo Theatre) Join Dean Wright, Director of FACC as he shows us what his organization is doing to help improve access to free, healthy food for their low-income neighbors. From the FACC office, Dean will take us to their greenhouse and explain their operation (also showing us their new vermi-composting project). We will then go back toward FACC to see their four neighborhood gardens. We will also hear of their future project expansion plans involving a hoop house.

Other/MiscellaneousStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Swamp Sparrow Wetland

Thursday, June 8, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Juliet, 201-233-0946

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 6:30 a.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.

MeetingsMeeting: Audubon Council of Illinois Summer Meeting

Saturday, June 10, 2017
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Stillman Nature Center, Barrington, IL
Leader: Rex, 408-390-3970

Audubon Council of Illinois (ACI) summer meeting at the Stillman Nature Center, Barrington, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ACI is a coalition of National Audubon Society chapters. For agenda and carpool information
contact Rex at 408-390-3970.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Old Joe Seep

Monday, June 12, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Randy and Nancy, 815-440-5768

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 6:30 a.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.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Spiderwort Vista and Fruit Bowl

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Anne, 815-938-3263

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 6:30 a.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.

EventsWildlife Wednesday: Animal Homes I: Hives, Galls, Mounds, Shells, and Webs

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

Animal Homes I: Hives, Galls, Mounds, Shells, and Webs

Appropriate audience is two to seven-year olds 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

An Audubon member hosts a monthly series called Wildlife Wednesdays at the Freeport Public Library. During the program, there is a special story time with activities related to the theme. Specimens are often included! The library’s summer theme is “Reading by Design” and focusing on architecture and engineering, so Juliet Moderow will discuss animal houses and cities!

Meetings"Talking About the Issues"

Thursday, June 15, 2017
7 – 9 p.m.
3350 S Mill Grove Rd, Pearl City, IL
Leaders: John and Anita Nienhuis, 815-443-2401

“Talking About the Issues” monthly discussion session, 7-9 p.m., at the home of John and Anita Nienhuis, 3350 S Mill Grove Rd., Pearl City, 815-443-2401.

The first hour topic will be the importance of developing the capacity for wonder and
amazement in science education. To obtain a copy of the topic article, “A Case
For Wonder,” contact Mary at 815-938-3204. The second hour will be discussion
of whatever issues are brought forth by participants. All are welcome.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Freeport Prairie

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Freeport Prairie
Leader: Mary, 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.

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

The Freeport Prairie is just south of the intersection of Meadows Dr. and Walnut Rd. on the south side of Freeport. Parking is off of Walnut Rd.

EventsAudubon at the Movies: Ice Age: Collision Course

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
9 a.m.
Lindo Theatre, 115 S Chicago Ave, Freeport, IL

Wednesday Morning Movie Series at the Lindo Theatre

Ice Age: Collision Course
Animated, PG, 1h40 min
June 21, Doors open at 9am, Film starts at 10am, Admission is $1.00

Every Wednesday this summer (June 7 – August 9), the Lindo Theatre is offering $1 movies. Audubon will be there on June 21! Juliet Moderow will be there to greet the
incoming children, play games, share information related to the movie, and provide
information about our activities for the upcoming year. There will be a movie mascot
and giveaways as well.

Field TripsMississippi Backwater Canoe trip

Thursday, June 22, 2017
3 – 8 p.m.
Spring Lake, Savanna, IL
Leader: Laura Dufford 815-947-2720. Email: lauradufford@gmail.com

Thursday, June 22, 4:00 – 7:00

Carpool from the Staples parking lot at 3:00 p.m. or meet at the Spring Lake parking lot at 4:00. We will return to Freeport around 8:00 p.m. Canoe the back areas of Spring Lake near Savanna. Pam Steinhaus with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will be our leader as we tour through the backwaters of the Mississippi. We’ll get back to areas that most of us never wander. Hopefully we’ll have some nice views of wildlife and flora.

We will be on the water during usual suppertime, so plan to eat before or bring snacks/sack supper along. Water, sunscreen, bug spray, and hat are also advisable. No canoeing experience is necessary. There is a limited number of canoes, so registration is necessary. Please call or email Laura (see above) to reserve your spot!

EventsFirefly Campfire at Elkhorn Creek

Monday, June 26, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary, 815-938-3204

Firefly Campfire at the Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve. At 7:30 p.m. we’ll take a stroll to observe nesting birds and blooming plants, with the campfire beginning at 8:30. S’mores and water provided. Bring a lawn chair and a flashlight.

Carpool from the Freeport Staples lot at 7:00 p.m. The 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. If weather is questionable call Mary at 815-938-3204.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Corner Planting

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary, 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 6:30 a.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.