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Field Trip: Chat with the Chats at Hanley Savanna
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Stewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Old Joe Seep
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Spiderwort Vista
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Bluestem ViewMeeting:
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Fruit Bowl
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Corner Planting
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Stewardship: Freeport Prairie
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Summer Solstice Campfire at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Field Trip: Volo Bog State Natural Area
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Black Oak Savanna
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Old Joe Seep
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Free Screening of Reinventing Power

Field TripsField Trip: Chat with the Chats at Hanley Savanna

Friday, June 1, 2018
7 a.m. – noon
Hanley Savanna, Hanover, IL
Leader: Laura Dufford, 815-947-2720, lauradufford@gmail.com

We’ll join the Northwest IL Prairie Enthusiasts (NIPE) for a morning of birding and botany at Hanley Savanna, a 160 acre prairie and savanna restoration with habitats ranging from sand prairie and sand creek to oak woodland. Owned and managed by the Northwest Illinois chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts, this site provides an important link between the Lost Mound Fish and Wildlife Refuge and Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve. We will begin with a brief presentation by Barb Bernard who conducted a bird survey of Hanley in 2017. We will follow up with a moderate walk which will afford opportunities to see and hear Species of State Conservation Concern Yellow Breasted Chat, as well as Lark Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Blue-winged Warbler and other migratory and resident birds. We’ll also enjoy an array of early-blooming prairie plants such as Hoary Puccoon, Spiderwort, and Prairie Phlox.

What to bring: Bug spray, water. Carpool from the Staples parking lot in Freeport at 7:00. We will return to Freeport around noon. Please call or email Laura to confirm your attendance. For those driving separately, we will meet at Hanley Savanna at 8:00.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Saturday, June 2, 2018
8 – 10 a.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Leaf River, 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.

The carpool site is the east portion of the Staples parking lot in Freeport along HWY 26 on the south edge of town at 7:15 a.m.

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.)

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

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Old Joe Seep

Monday, June 4, 2018
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leaders: Nancy and Randy Ocken, 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.

Carpool from the Staples east lot in Freeport at 6:30 a.m. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast of West Grove and Freeport Rds. The parking lot is off West Grove Rd.

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

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Spiderwort Vista

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leader: Anne Straight, 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.

Carpool from the Staples east lot in Freeport at 6:30 a.m. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast of West Grove and Freeport Rds. The parking lot is off West Grove Rd.

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

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Bluestem View

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leader: Kara Gallup, 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.

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

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

MeetingsMeeting: "Talking About the Issues"

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.
704 N Davis St, Davis, IL
Leader: Richard Benning, 815-865-5279

“Talking About the Issues” discussion session at the home of Richard Benning, 704 N Davis Street in Davis, IL.

The topic for the first hour will be the relationship between human food consumption and the needs of other members of the ecosystem. Call Richard for a copy of the article. The second hour will be the customary discussion of whatever issues are brought forth by participants. All are welcome to attend this issues discussion.

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

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Fruit Bowl

Thursday, June 14, 2018
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leaders: Mary Blackmore and Kara Gallup, 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.

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

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

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Corner Planting

Monday, June 18, 2018
7 – 9 a.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.

Carpool from the Staples east lot in Freeport at 6:30 a.m. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast of West Grove and Freeport Rds. The parking lot is off West Grove Rd.

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

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Freeport Prairie

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
8 – 10 a.m.
Freeport Prairie, Freeport, 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.

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.

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

EventsSummer Solstice Campfire at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Thursday, June 21, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Summer Solstice Campfire at our Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve. At 7:30 p.m. we’ll take a stroll on this longest day of the year to observe nesting birds, blooming plants and hopefully after dark, fireflies. The campfire begins at 8:30, with s’mores and water provided. Bring a lawn chair and a flashlight. Carpool from the Staples lot 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.

Field TripsField Trip: Volo Bog State Natural Area

Saturday, June 23, 2018
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Volo Bog State Natural Area
Leader: Laura Dufford, 815-927-2720, 815-541-8958, email: lauradufford@gmail.com

This Natural Area contains the only quaking bog in Illinois. The site in Lake County, offers a floating mat of sphagnum moss, cattails and sedges surrounding an open pool of water in the center of the bog. In addition to the bog, the Natural Area has 1,100 acres of marshes, prairie, restoration areas, woodlands, two other bogs, and scenic trails. We will begin our visit with a guided bog tour which includes time in the visitor center. With luck we’ll see Pitcher plant, Rose Pegonia, and Buckbean, all great bog species. After lunch we’ll have some free time to roam into other areas if we so desire.

What to bring: Bug spray, water, LUNCH (we’ll picnic at the site). There is no food available to purchase at the Visitor Center. Carpool from the Staples parking lot in Freeport at 7:00. We will return to Freeport around 3:00. Please call or email Laura to confirm your attendance. Please let her know if you are available to drive (approximately 190 miles round trip.)

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Black Oak Savanna

Monday, June 25, 2018
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leaders: Pam and Jim Richards, 815-338-4049

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.

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

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

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Old Joe Seep

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leaders: Nancy and Randy Ocken, 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.

Carpool from the Staples east lot in Freeport at 6:30 a.m. The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast of West Grove and Freeport Rds. The parking lot is off West Grove Rd.

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

EventsFree Screening of Reinventing Power

Saturday, June 30, 2018
3 p.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

NIAS presents a free screening of
Reinventing Power, a Sierra Club documentary

Freeport Public Library, Meeting Room A
FREE and open to public

Film will start at 3pm followed by a discussion led by Candy Colby (Conservation Chairperson) and Josef Appell from the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society

Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities. These stories are proof that America does not need to choose between keeping our lights on and protecting our communities. Critically, Reinventing Power underscores the notion that we don’t have to sacrifice jobs for a clean environment. Supporting a clean energy future means building a better, more prosperous future for everyone. Over the film’s 50 minutes, you’ll meet people in eight states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry while exploring various aspects of the clean energy industry from innovation to installation.

Watch the trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx4P2yOXDDs&feature=youtu.be