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MeetingsNIAS Membership Meeting

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Field TripsField Trip: Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary, Amboy, IL

Saturday, September 8, 2018
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary, Amboy, IL
Coordinator:  Teresa Smith:  815-238-3963, email: timtreetsmith@gmail.com
Leader: John and Cindy McKee

Illinois Audubon Society purchased 395 acres of the former Green Wing Environmental Laboratory from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in 2016. We will visit this parcel which is located within two miles of the Illinois Audubon Society’s Amboy Marsh Nature Preserve that we visited in 2017. Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary provides an opportunity to expand critical habitat that was once part of the magnificent 100,000-plus acre complex of wetlands in Lee County called Inlet and Winnebago Swamps. Our leaders John and Cindy McKee have a live long passion for all areas of natural history including birds and dragonflies.

Participants will likely see warblers that will be migrating through the area as well as dragonflies. We will meet at 771 Green Wing Road at 9:15 and return to Freeport about 2:30.

Carpool from Staples in Freeport at 8:00 a.m., if you plan to carpool please contact Teresa by Friday, Sept 8th. Bring binoculars and dress appropriately for walking the trails. Sun protection and bug spray are advisable. Please bring a lunch as we will eat at the Preserve prior to departing back to Freeport.

MeetingsNIAS Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL