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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Blazing Star Saddles
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna
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Wildlife Wednesday: Animal Homes II: Nests, Lodges, Burrow, Dens, and Holes!
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Sandy Slope
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Field Trip: Exploring Dragonflies & Damselflies
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Goats 'n Roses
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NIAS Board of Directors Meeting
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Fruit Bowl
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Jim's Hill
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Elkhorn Riparian Strip
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Screech Owl Campfire at Elkhorn Creek
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Swamp Sparrow Wetland
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Trail Trimming for Butterfly Festival
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Annual NIAS Butterfly Festival
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Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Blazing Star Saddles

Saturday, July 1, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leaders: Chris and Bernard, 815-275-9200

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, Black Oak Savanna

Monday, July 3, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Alan, 815-541-0789

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 II: Nests, Lodges, Burrow, Dens, and Holes!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL

Animal Homes II: Nests, Lodges, Burrow, Dens, and Holes!

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!

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Sandy Slope

Thursday, July 6, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leaders: John and Anita, 815-443-2401

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 TripsField Trip: Exploring Dragonflies & Damselflies

Sunday, July 9, 2017
1 – 4 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary Blackmore 815-938-3204

An Afternoon of exploring Odonata (dragonflies & damselflies)
Meet at the Elkhorn Creek Preserve parking lot at 12:30.

Cindy & John McKee, Odonata enthusiasts will share their knowledge of dragonflies & damselflies with us at our Elkhorn Creek Preserve. The group will meet at the preserve and then carpool to Mary Blackmore’s home where we will begin the afternoon with a short presentation of the history, identification, and other information about these interesting insects. We will then go back to the preserve where we will spend time in the field exploring which Odonata species live at Elkhorn Creek. Binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent, and water are suggested.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Goats 'n Roses

Monday, July 10, 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.

MeetingsNIAS Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7 – 9 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Fruit Bowl

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leaders: Mary and 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.

Meetings"Talking About the Issues"

Thursday, July 13, 2017
7 – 9 p.m.
704 N Davis St, Davis, IL
Leader: Richard, 815-865-5279

“Talking About the Issues” discussion session at the home of Richard Benning, 704 N Davis St in Davis (815-865-5279)

The topic for the first hour will be a comparison of two methods of land conservation.
One method is termed bottom-up and the other top-down. This topic has implications for any organization that owns and/or manages land in a natural state. Contact Richard for an article on this topic. 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, Jim's Hill

Monday, July 17, 2017
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Lynn, 815-235-9530

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, Elkhorn Riparian Strip

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Jeremy, 815-821-3921

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.

EventsScreech Owl Campfire at Elkhorn Creek

Sunday, July 23, 2017
7 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: May. 815-938-3204

Screech Owl Campfire at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve. This should be a great opportunity to hear the unique call of this small owl. Stroll at 7 p.m.; campfire at 8 p.m.

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, Swamp Sparrow Wetland

Tuesday, July 25, 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.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Trail Trimming for Butterfly Festival

Thursday, July 27, 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.

EventsAnnual NIAS Butterfly Festival

Saturday, July 29, 2017
1 – 5 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary, 815-938-3204

Join us for a fun, informative family friendly afternoon as we explore the Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve for the many butterflies that are found there. From 1-5 p.m. 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 guides will be distributed at no charge while supplies last. We’ll have a shady rest area with chairs, as well as a restroom, cold beverages, snacks and information about pollinators.

If the weather is questionable, call Mary Blackmore at 815-938-3204 before 10 a.m. on July 29.

The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. We hope to see you there!