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Prairie Work Session - Freeport Prairie
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Stephenson County Prairie Hop Field Trip
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NIAS Board Retreat
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Prairie Work Session - Elkhorn Creek
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NIAS Board Meeting
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Screech Owl Campfire at Elkhorn Creek
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Raindate for July 17th Screech Owl Campfire
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Prairie Work Session - Elkhorn Creek
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Annual  Butterfly Festival at Elkhorn Creek
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Prairie Work Session - Silver Creek
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Stewardship DaysPrairie Work Session - Freeport Prairie

Thursday, July 2, 2015
7 – 9 a.m.
Freeport Prairie
Freeport Prairie - 7-9 a.m., Leader:  Keith Blackmore, 815-938-3204

 

See page 7 of the June/July 2015 Newsletter for more details about Summer Stewardship Activities.

Stewardship DaysPrairie Work Session - Elkhorn Creek

Monday, July 6, 2015
6 – 8 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Sandy Slope, 6-8 a.m., Leaders: John and Anita Nienhuis, 815-443-2401

See page 7 of the June/July 2015 newsletter for more details about Summer Stewardship Activities.

Stewardship DaysPrairie Work Session - Elkhorn Creek

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Jim's Hill, 7-9 a.m., Leader: Lynn Feaver, 815-235-9530

 

See page 7 of the June/July 2015 Newsletter for more details about Summer Stewardship Activities.

Field TripsStephenson County Prairie Hop Field Trip

Thursday, July 9, 2015
7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wirth and Freeport Prairies
We will visit two magnificent prairies.  Both are dedicated Illinois Nature Preserves.  Wirth Prairie, near Dakota, is the best remaining dry dolomite prairie in the Freeport Section of the Rock River Hill Country Natural Division.  This "domed" prairie's presence is the result of a glacial feature called an "ice-shove".  Northern Dropseed and Little Bluestem predominate, along with an exceptionally rich array of prairie wildflowers.

The Freeport Prairie, on Freeport's south edge, lies on a steep, north-facing bluff on the edge of ancient channel of Yellow Creek and represents the last of the original upland prairie known as Shannon Prairie.  we expect to see a very showy display of summer forbs including Pale Purple Coneflower, Lead Plant, Stiff Coreopsis, and many more.    If weather is questionable, call Blackmore's at 815-938-3204.  Carpool from the Staples lot in Freeport at 7:30 a.m.  Expected return time is 11:30 a.m.

MeetingsNIAS Board Retreat

Saturday, July 11, 2015
7:30 a.m.
Home of Lynn and Sandy Feaver

Stewardship DaysPrairie Work Session - Elkhorn Creek

Monday, July 13, 2015
6 – 8 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Fruit Bowl, 6-8 a.m., Leaders: Kara Gallup and Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

 

See page 7 of the June/July Newsletter for more details about Summer Stewardship Activities.

MeetingsNIAS Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
7 – 9 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ

Other/MiscellaneousScreech Owl Campfire at Elkhorn Creek

Friday, July 17, 2015
7 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
This is a great opportunity to hear the unique call of this small owl.  Stroll at 7 p.m.; campfire at 8 p.m.  Carpool at 6:30 p.m.  Other details the same as June 22.

 

Raindate : July 18th

Other/MiscellaneousRaindate for July 17th Screech Owl Campfire

Saturday, July 18, 2015
7 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Stewardship DaysPrairie Work Session - Elkhorn Creek

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
6 – 8 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Plantings, 6-8 a.m., Leader:  Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

See page 7 of the June/July 2015 Newsletter for more details about Summer Stewardship Activities.

Meetings"Talking About the Issues"

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
7 – 9 p.m.
The home of Carol and Fred Redmore
Our monthly discussion will be at the home of Carol and Fred Redmore, 1643 Hilltop Place, Freeport, 815-721-3375.  For a copy of the first hour topic article contact Carol.  The second hour will be the customary discussion of whatever issues are brought forth.  Everyone is welcome.  Call Carol and Fred if directions are needed.

EventsAnnual Butterfly Festival at Elkhorn Creek

Saturday, July 25, 2015
1 – 5 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Join us for a fun, informative family afternoon as we explore the Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve for the many butterflies that are found there.  Participants may join guided butterfly tours or look on their own for those winged beauties.  Tours will begin at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.  "Illinois Butterflies and Moths" pocket guided will be distributed at no charge while supplies last).  We will have a shady rest area with chairs, as well as a restroom, cold beverages, and snacks.  If weather is questionsble, call Blackmores at 815-938-3204 before 10 a.m. on July 25.  Explorers at previous Butterfly Festivals have found 29 species of butterflies and skippers, among them Tiger Swallowtail, Meadow Fritillary, Buckeye, Comma, Peck's Skipper, Silver Spotted Skipper and Milbert's Tortoiseshell.

The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads.

Stewardship DaysPrairie Work Session - Silver Creek

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
7 – 9 a.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Plantings, 7-9 a.m., Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

 

See page 7 of the June/July 2015 Newsletter for more details about Summer Stewardship Activities.

Stewardship DaysPrairie Work Session - Elkhorn Creek

Thursday, July 30, 2015
6 – 8 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Goats'n Roses, 6-8 a.m., Leader:  Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

 

See page 7 of the June/July 2015 Newsletter for more details about Summer Stewardship Activities.