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NIAS Membership Meeting- Pelican Ambassadors with Karen Herdklotz
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Field Trip: Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary, Amboy, IL
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NIAS Board of Directors Meeting
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Stewardship: Prairie Seed Collecting at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Full Moon Campfire at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
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Community Dialogue on Renewable Energy
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MeetingsNIAS Membership Meeting- Pelican Ambassadors with Karen Herdklotz

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

Start the evening with a delicious potluck meal. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. NIAS will provide beverages. After the meal, there will be a short business meeting with announcements. The program will follow at approximately 7:15 pm.

Our program for the evening will be presented by Karen Herdklotz, Executive Director at Hoo Haven in Durand, IL. Karen will have two of the educational American White Pelicans, Marshmallow and Broccoli, with her for the program to allow participants a chance to see the birds up close and learn more about the size and demeanor of pelicans as well as learn about how environmental changes impact pelicans. The pelicans at Hoo Haven are the only educational pelicans in over 900 miles. Join us for an amazing program with live birds. Contact Teresa at 815-238-3963 if you have questions about this program.

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
Leaders: 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

MeetingsMeeting: "Talking About the Issues"

Friday, September 14, 2018
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, 1809 Parkview Circle, Freeport, 815-721-3375. The first hour topic will be focused on the need for integrating the study of our natural world into the K-12 curricula, including the concepts of supporting one’s arguments with evidence and understanding the interconnectedness of living and nonliving things at all levels.

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.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Prairie Seed Collecting at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Sunday, September 16, 2018
2 – 4 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Prairie Seed Collecting at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, 2-4 p.m. Tools, water, snacks and guidance provided. Carpool from the east portion of 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 Rds. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. If weather is questionable, call Mary at 815-938-3204.

EventsFull Moon Campfire at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

Monday, September 24, 2018
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Leaf River, IL
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Full Moon Campfire at our Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve. Stroll the trails at 6 p.m.; campfire at 7:00. S’mores and water will be provided. Bring a lawn chair and flashlight.

Carpool from the east portion of the Staples lot in Freeport at 5:15 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.

EventsCommunity Dialogue on Renewable Energy

Thursday, September 27, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL
Coordinator: Candy Colby, candacecolby@aol.com

Community Dialogue on Renewable Energy

The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society, the Illinois Sierra Club, and the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition will be co-hosting a community dialogue in Freeport on clean energy. The purpose of this event is to hear from people and organizations in Freeport about their priorities when it comes to the environment, energy, and the economy. The Clean Jobs Coalition--Illinois’ largest clean energy advocacy coalition--is organizing events like this across the state to help ensure that the clean energy policies they advocate for on a state level are informed by and grounded in the needs and priorities of communities across the state.

Dinner for participants is provided. See the event flyer here. Please register (RSVP) for this event by clicking here. If you have any questions contact Caroline Wooten with the Sierra Club at her email address: caroline.wooten@sierraclub.org.