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FREE Film Screening of THE STORY OF PLASTIC
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FREE Film Screening of THE STORY OF PLASTICStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Corner Planting
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FREE Film Screening of THE STORY OF PLASTIC
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FREE Film Screening of THE STORY OF PLASTICStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Old Joe Seep
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FREE Film Screening of THE STORY OF PLASTIC
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FREE Film Screening of THE STORY OF PLASTICStewardship: Freeport Prairie
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FREE Film Screening of THE STORY OF PLASTIC
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FREE Film Screening of THE STORY OF PLASTICStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Bluestem View
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FREE Film Screening of THE STORY OF PLASTIC
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Fruit Bowl
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Swamp Sparrow Wetland
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Old Joe Seep
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Blazing Star Saddles
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Spiderwort Vista
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Firefly Campfire at Elkhorn Creek
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Swamp Sparrow Wetland
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Elkhorn Riparian Strip
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NIAS Newsletter Deadline
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Fruit Bowl and Corner Planting
 

EventsFREE Film Screening of THE STORY OF PLASTIC

Monday, June 1, 2020, to Tuesday, June 9, 2020
At your home!

DATE:  You can watch the film anytime at your home after receiving the link until the scheduled (optional) online discussion through Zoom on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

World Oceans Day is June 8 and we wanted to host this virtual film screening followed by an optional Q/A or discussion. Produced by the Story of Stuff Project, The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. The film features interviews with experts and activists on the frontlines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world, and the global movement that is rising up in response.

If you are interested in watching the film at your home (or other site with friends while being socially distant), please send an email to Juliet Moderow at nwilaudubon@gmail.com with the subject line Story of Plastic and she will send you a link to the film and other instructions. 

There will be an optional online discussion on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm.  The link to this Zoom platform discussion will be open to all who have viewed the film and the goal is to start a movement to fight plastic pollution and take action in our area.  Therefore, the film screening link will be sent to you about two to three days before the film (as regulated by the screening rights of the film producers) so you can watch at your leisure. Note: the link to watch the film will expire sometime on June 9, 2020.  It is recommended to have high speed internet to be able to watch the film without interruption. 

If you have questions, please contact Juliet Moderow at nwilaudubon@gmail.com

To learn more about the film, visit www.storyofplastic.org

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Corner Planting

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Old Joe Seep

Thursday, June 4, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Randy and Nancy Ocken, 815-440-5768

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Freeport Prairie

Saturday, June 6, 2020
8 – 10 a.m.
Freeport Prairie, Walnut Rd, Freeport, IL (SW corner Walnut and Meadows Dr)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Bluestem View

Monday, June 8, 2020
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Kara Gallup, 815-871-8014

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Fruit Bowl

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Kara Gallup, 815-871-8014

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Swamp Sparrow Wetland

Friday, June 12, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Juliet Moderow, 201-233-0946

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Old Joe Seep

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Randy and Nancy Ocken, 815-440-5768

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Blazing Star Saddles

Thursday, June 18, 2020
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Bernard Lischwe, 815-275-9200

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Spiderwort Vista

Saturday, June 20, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Anne Straight, 815-938-3263

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

EventsFirefly Campfire at Elkhorn Creek

Monday, June 22, 2020
8 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Coordinator: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Firefly Campfire. Walk 8:00 p.m., campfire begins at 8:30.
Depending upon the temperature and insect emergence timing, we could see an impressive display of fireflies on this evening after the new moon.

Call Mary at 815-938-3204 to RSVP or should the weather look questionable. We will provide s’mores if we can do so in a safe manner. Please bring your own water, if desired, plus a lawn chair and flashlight. Prior to each campfire we’ll take a short socially-distanced stroll to observe blooming plants, birds and insects.

Campfire will be at our Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve. There will be no carpooling. The 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, Swamp Sparrow Wetland

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Juliet Moderow, 201-233-0946

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Elkhorn Riparian Strip

Friday, June 26, 2020
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Jeremy Dixon, 815-821-3921

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

Other/MiscellaneousNIAS Newsletter Deadline

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Fruit Bowl and Corner Planting

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

2020 Stewardship Changes:
• There will be no carpooling.
• Prior to each date that you plan to volunteer, please call the listed leader to RSVP so we can comply with limits to group size and so you can get information about potential additional conditions, i.e. face coverings.
• In order to minimize shared resources, please bring along your own gloves, water and snack.
• Although previously we often sociallydistanced by the very nature of our work, we will be sure to keep 6 feet apart this year.
• Additional stewardship sessions have been scheduled in order to provide more opportunities and create smaller groups.

What Stays the Same:
• We will continue to provide tools and directions for our work.

• We will take a break at the halfway point.
• Volunteers should 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!).
• Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.