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NIAS Membership Meeting: History of the Upper Mississippi River
Wildlife Wednesday: Bees
Field Trip: Amboy Marsh
NIAS Board of Directors Meeting
Autumnal Equinox Campfire at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Kid's Nature Hike: First Day of Fall
Prairie Seed Collecting at Elkhorn Creek
“Public Lands Management and Climate Change” Presentation
Carrie Newcomer Concert

MeetingsNIAS Membership Meeting: History of the Upper Mississippi River

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
6 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL
Our program for the evening will be presented by Ed Britton, District Manager for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Ed will share a history of changes on the river from early steamboats challenged by rapids to the modern day lock & dam system and how these changes directly impacted wildlife populations. Climate change and exotic invaders such as flying fish also now present challenges to river managers and users. Join us to hear more about past and current challenges facing the wildlife on the Upper Mississippi River.

The potluck will begin at 6 p.m. with the program to follow at 7 p.m. Participants should bring a dish to pass and their own table service. Beverages will be provided. The society meets on the first Tuesday of every month from September to May, and meetings are free and open to the public. For information call Teresa at 815-238-3963.

EventsWildlife Wednesday: Bees

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL


Ms. Juliet hosts a monthly series called Wildlife Wednesdays at the Freeport Public Library. Each month has a different theme related to nature and wildlife. She will read various books related to the theme and then show the children specimens that they can touch. There are also activities that can be done at home to continue the learning!

Appropriate audience is two to seven-year olds.

Field TripsField Trip: Amboy Marsh

Saturday, September 9, 2017
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Leader: Laura Dufford 815-947-2720.

Get an up close look at Amboy Marsh with Botanist, Bill Handel. Bill works with the IL Natural History Survey and is excited to show off Amboy Marsh, a 302 Acre Preserve owned by IL Audubon Society. Bill will show us the many plants growing on this unique site; wetlands, sedge meadow, black oak savanna and dry sand prairie. The walking will be easy. Dress appropriately to be in the prairie. Sun protection and bug spray are advisable. Please bring a lunch and ample water/drinks. We’ll eat at the prairie and return back to
Freeport early-mid afternoon.

Carpool from Staples at 8:00 a.m., we’ll return by mid-afternoon.

MeetingsNIAS Board of Directors Meeting

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

Meetings"Talking About the Issues"

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
7 – 9 p.m.
1809 Parkview Circle, Freeport, IL
Leaders: Fred and Carol Redmore, 815-721-3375

"Talking About the Issues" monthly discussion session, 7-9 p.m. at the home of Fred and Carol Redmore.

The first hour topic will be “What ‘Bird Friendly’ Looks Like,” an exploration of the plants and wildlife found in shade-grown coffee forests in Central America and why it is important for bird lovers to encourage this type of farming through their coffee purchases. For a copy of the article contact the Redmores or pick one up at the September potluck. The second hour will be a discussion of whatever issues are brought forth by participants. All are welcome to attend.

EventsAutumnal Equinox Campfire at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Friday, September 22, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary, 815-938-3204

Stroll the trails at 6:30 p.m.; campfire at 7:30. S’mores and water will be provided. Bring a lawn chair and flashlight. Carpool from the Staples lot at 5:45 p.m. The 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. (S. Main St. crosses HWY 72 in Leaf River and
becomes Leaf River Rd.). If weather is questionable, call Mary at 815-938-3204.

EventsKid's Nature Hike: First Day of Fall

Saturday, September 23, 2017
10 a.m. – noon
Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Rd., Freeport, IL
Leader: Juliet Moderow, 201-233-0946

The autumn equinox is September 22. Let’s celebrate the first day of fall by being outside.
We will take a hike around Oakdale and use nets and jars to collect insects along the way. All organisms will be observed briefly and released immediately for their safety. Open to kids of all ages. Parents must be present with the children during the event.

Kids should dress appropriately for the weather (long pants recommended) and should wear waterproof shoes or boots that can get wet in case we look for aquatic organisms. Sign-ups are required. Contact leader Juliet Moderow at 201-233-0946 to register and/or if weather is questionable. Meet in the parking lot near the Mogle Center by 10:00am. Hike will start promptly on time.

Stewardship DaysPrairie Seed Collecting at Elkhorn Creek

Sunday, September 24, 2017
2 – 4 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary, 815-938-3204

Tools, water, snacks and guidance provided. Carpool from the Staples lot in Freeport at 1:30 p.m. 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. If weather is questionable, call Mary at 815-938-3204.

Other/Miscellaneous“Public Lands Management and Climate Change” Presentation

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7 p.m.
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Rd, Rockford, IL

Public Lands Management and Climate Change” presentation. Christine Anhalt-Depies
from the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology will share her research on how climate change is forcing land managers to take new approaches to their work. The program is free but call the nature center to register at 815-335-2915.

EventsCarrie Newcomer Concert

Saturday, September 30, 2017
2 p.m.
Highland Community College, 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Student Conference Center, Room H201, Freeport, IL

Concert begins at 2:00 PM (doors open at 1:00 PM) Event is FREE and open to the public – NO Reserved Seating - General Admission. Want to find your favorite spot to sit? Come early when doors open at 1:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon with Carrie Newcomer for “a gathering of spirits and a festival of friends.” We will all unite on this day and dedicate it to stories of hope and gratitude, but also to be in the present moment, a moment that will take place in a room filled with the beautiful voice and words of Carrie Newcomer. Carrie is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. She has been described as a “soaring songstress” by Billboard and a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe.

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