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Birding 101 Hands-on Class
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Old Joe Seep
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Fruit BowlMeeting:
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Audubon Council of Illinois Summer Meeting
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Swamp Sparrow Wetland
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Campfire at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Bluestem ViewStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Upper Planting
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Corner Planting
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Spiderwort Vista
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Stewardship: Freeport Prairie
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Field Trip: An Afternoon of Exploring Odonata and Other Flying Objects
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Fruit Bowl & Corner Planting
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Old Joe Seep
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NIAS Newsletter DeadlineStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Blazing Star Saddles
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Field Trip: Chestnut Cliff Farm
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EventsBirding 101 Hands-on Class

Saturday, June 1, 2019
9 a.m. – noon
Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary, Stockton, IL

Learn some birding techniques from local experts!

Birding 101 is geared toward novice birders that would like to become familiar with some
common nesting birds in our area. Participants will learn how to use binoculars and field guides. Compare different field guides by hearing reviews by seasoned birders. A team of local expert birders will guide instructional tours at the preserve. With these tools at hand, you will learn the language of the birds. They are telling a story you might want to hear. By the time you are done, you may never look out the window in the same way! This event is organized by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. Northwest IL Audubon is a co-sponsor of the event.

The event is open to the public to anyone older than 10 years of age. The event is free to JDCF members and a fee of $10 for non-members is requested. Please bring your own binoculars if you have them. There will be some available to borrow. We suggest that participants bring water, dress in layers appropriate for the weather and wear hiking shoes for walking on uneven ground. Valley of Eden is owned by Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation and is located southwest of Stockton. For more information please contact the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation at 815-858-9100 or visit the website at www.jdcf.org.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Old Joe Seep

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Randy and Nancy Ocken, 815-440-5768

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 Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Carpool 6:30 a.m.

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

Site Directions:
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 Biodiversity Preserve, Fruit Bowl

Thursday, June 6, 2019
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Mary Blackmore and Kara Gallup, 815-871-8014

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 Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Carpool 7:30 a.m.

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

Site Directions:
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: "Talking About the Issues"

Thursday, June 6, 2019
7 – 9 p.m.
704 N Davis St, Davis, IL
Leader: Richard Benning, 815-865-5279

“Talking About the Issues” discussion session; 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Richard
Benning; 704 N Davis St in Davis; 815-865-5279.

The first hour of discussion will focus on problems that the local food movement is facing and how these problems can be addressed. Call the phone number above for an article relating to this topic. During the second hour we will discuss topics brought forth by participants. All are welcome to attend this discussion.

Carpool from the Harbor Freight east parking lot in Freeport at 6:30 or call Richard for directions.

All are welcome.

MeetingsAudubon Council of Illinois Summer Meeting

Saturday, June 8, 2019
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rockford, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Audubon Council of Illinois summer meeting, Rockford, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact Mary at 815-938-3204 for carpool and agenda information.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Swamp Sparrow Wetland

Monday, June 10, 2019
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Leader: Juliet Moderow, 201-233-0946

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 Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Carpool 6:30 a.m.

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

Site Directions:
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.

EventsCampfire at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Thursday, June 13, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Campfire at our Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve at 7:30 p.m. We’ll take a stroll to observe nesting birds and blooming plants.

The campfire begins at 8:30 p.m. with s’mores and water provided. We hope to see impressive display of fireflies. Bring lawnchairs and a flashlight.

Carpool from the Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport at 7 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 Biodiversity Preserve, Upper Planting

Saturday, June 15, 2019
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

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 Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Carpool 6:30 a.m.

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

Site Directions:
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 Biodiversity Preserve, Bluestem View

Saturday, June 15, 2019
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Kara Gallup, 815-871-8014

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 Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Carpool 7:30 a.m.

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

Site Directions:
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 Biodiversity Preserve, Corner Planting

Monday, June 17, 2019
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

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 Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Carpool 6:30 a.m.

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

Site Directions:
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 Biodiversity Preserve, Spiderwort Vista

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Anne Straight, 815-938-3263

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 Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Carpool 6:30 a.m.

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

Site Directions:
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: Freeport Prairie

Friday, June 21, 2019
8 – 10 a.m.
Freeport Prairie, Walnut Rd, Freeport, IL (SW corner Walnut and Meadows Dr)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

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(s).

Site Directions:
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.

Field TripsField Trip: An Afternoon of Exploring Odonata and Other Flying Objects

Saturday, June 22, 2019
1 – 4 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Coordinator: Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720, 815-541-8958 lauradufford@gmail.com

Meet at the Elkhorn Creek Preserve parking lot at 1:00 p.m.

Cindy & John McKee, Odonata enthusiasts will share their knowledge of dragonflies & damselflies with us at our Elkhorn Creek Preserve. Cindy and John will walk the preserve with us capturing, identifying and observing these marvelous flying insects. The last time they led a tour at the preserve they caught a rare damselfly, the Spring Water Dancer. John & Cindy are also enthused about other flying objects, so butterflies and birds are also critters of interest for the afternoon. Come and enjoy the afternoon at Elkhorn Creek.

Binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent and water are suggested. This is a great family event.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Fruit Bowl & Corner Planting

Monday, June 24, 2019
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Mary Blackmore and Kara Gallup, 815-871-8014

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 Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Carpool 6:30 a.m.

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

Site Directions:
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 Biodiversity Preserve, Old Joe Seep

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Randy and Nancy Ocken, 815-440-5768

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 Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Carpool 6:30 a.m.

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

Site Directions:
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.

Other/MiscellaneousNIAS Newsletter Deadline

Friday, June 28, 2019

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Blazing Star Saddles

Friday, June 28, 2019
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Chris Kruger and Bernard Lischwe, 815-275-9200

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 Harbor Freight parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town. Carpool 6:30 a.m.

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

Site Directions:
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 TripsField Trip: Chestnut Cliff Farm

Saturday, June 29, 2019
2 – 4 p.m.
Chestnut Cliff Farm, Freeport, IL
Coordinator: Heidi Thorp 815-369-5141, heidithorp@yahoo.com

Please call or email Heidi to confirm your attendance.

Come on out and join us for a tour of Chestnut Cliff Farm located off of US Business 20 east, Freeport, Illinois. Pat Leininger and Phil Bardell began truck gardening over 30 years ago, having a progressive vision for their land. Now their son Trale Bardell and his wife Margaret help to manage the land in a sustainable way. Chestnut Cliff Farm aims to raise the highest quality specialty produce, maple syrup, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef and pork, foraged foods, unique cut flowers, and more! Please dress appropriately as you will be walking around outside on a working farm.

We encourage you to start the day by visiting the Stephenson County Farmers Market in the morning, between 8-12, at 23 W. Exchange St. (by the city municipal parking lot) and shop at Chestnut Cliff Farm’s booth with the purple table cloth. The tour will meet at their farm at 2 p.m.

Directions: Their address doesn’t work on GPS devices so select “Intersections”, City - Freeport, (1st Road) US 20 BR (2nd Road) S Smoky Hollow Rd (This is how the GPS spells Smokey). The farm is on the east side of US Business 20 E across from S Smokey Hollow Rd.