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Meeting: NIAS Conservation CommitteeProgram: Gems of JDCF's Natural Lands
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Stewardship: Prairie Seed Processing
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Meeting: NIAS Board Meeting
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Field Trip: Our Decomposing World
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Stewardship: Prairie Seed Processing
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Field Trip: Tundra Swans on the Mississippi
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MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
6 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Program: Gems of JDCF's Natural Lands

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
7 p.m.
Zoom
Coordinator: Don Miller, 815-218-8024
Join Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s (JDCF) Director of Land Conservation Jim Johannsen for this program about the amazing places that JDCF has preserved and protected. When we speak of “gems,” we mean rare habitats, endangered species, Indian mounds, as well as great hikes and projects that you can get involved in. With over 7000 acres protected across 44 different sites, there is something for everyone. The list will include Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve, which boasts some of the most commanding views of the Mississippi River and its backwater sloughs, and it is also an archaeologically significant site. Learn about the 409-acre Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary, which has become a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and a designated an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International/The National Audubon Society. There is so much more to share and learn about our neighbor to the west.
Jim Johannsen is the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s Director of Land Conservation. Jim works with JDCF staff, volunteers, and local landowners to establish new protected natural areas and ensure that the natural and scenic treasures of Jo Daviess County are here to enjoy for generations to come. The mission of Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation is to preserve land for the lasting well-being of people and wildlife. JDCF serves Jo Daviess County and the surrounding area.

The NIAS Board has determined that we will Zoom all programs through the January 2022 program. At that time, we will determine where we are at with covid and determine what will take place in the following months. Please email nwilaudubon@gmail.com if interested in the program and a Zoom link will be sent out a week before the program date.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Prairie Seed Processing

Sunday, November 7, 2021
1 – 4 p.m.
3350 S Mill Grove Rd, Pearl City, IL
Coordinator: Anita Nienhuis, 815-443-2401

Seed processing is easy and fun; no experience is necessary. It’s sort of like a botanical quilting bee, with lots of good conversation.

There will be a few changes this year, mostly in the form of COVID precautions:
•Everyone will need a mask, preferably close-fitting. We will provide disposable “dust masks” if needed. The masks will not only help with the virus, but also with the considerable dust that we raise while rubbing seedheads across screens.
•Weather permitting there also will be an outdoor work space. All mint species will be processed outdoors as well as other species as time allows.
•While snacks will be available, we will not have our customary potluck celebration on the last work day.
•Please call Anita at 815-443-2401 to let her know which day(s) you’ll be attending. Our plans may need to be changed if pandemic conditions worsen.
Directions to the Nienhuis home at 3350 S. Mill Grove Rd., Pearl City: Take Pearl City Rd. west from Freeport about 7 miles. Turn left (south) on Block Rd. In a little over 1 mile turn left (south) on Mill Grove Rd. The Nienhuis driveway is on your right, less than ½ mile down Mill Grove Rd. and directly across the entrance to a campground.

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Field TripsField Trip: Our Decomposing World

Saturday, November 13, 2021
10 – 11 a.m.
Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Rd., Freeport, IL
Coordinator: Adam Moderow, 815-541-5842
When you have grass under your feet and trees overhead, you are surrounded by decay. Nature is constantly reusing its resources as fallen trees offer food and shelter, and fallen animals help the plants find nutrients. We will be examining different examples of this decay and reuse cycle throughout Oakdale Nature Preserve. Dress warmly and be prepared to get your hands dirty. We anticipate not needing masks but please have one with you should guidelines change. Meet by the Mogle building, just off of the parking lot.
Contact Adam Moderow at adamoderow@gmail.com or at 815-541-5842 to register in case it becomes necessary to limit the number of participants.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Prairie Seed Processing

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
9 a.m. – noon
3350 S Mill Grove Rd, Pearl City, IL
Coordinator: Anita Nienhuis, 815-443-2401

Seed processing is easy and fun; no experience is necessary. It’s sort of like a botanical quilting bee, with lots of good conversation.

There will be a few changes this year, mostly in the form of COVID precautions:
•Everyone will need a mask, preferably close-fitting. We will provide disposable “dust masks” if needed. The masks will not only help with the virus, but also with the considerable dust that we raise while rubbing seedheads across screens.
•Weather permitting there also will be an outdoor work space. All mint species will be processed outdoors as well as other species as time allows.
•While snacks will be available, we will not have our customary potluck celebration on the last work day.
•Please call Anita at 815-443-2401 to let her know which day(s) you’ll be attending. Our plans may need to be changed if pandemic conditions worsen.
Directions to the Nienhuis home at 3350 S. Mill Grove Rd., Pearl City: Take Pearl City Rd. west from Freeport about 7 miles. Turn left (south) on Block Rd. In a little over 1 mile turn left (south) on Mill Grove Rd. The Nienhuis driveway is on your right, less than ½ mile down Mill Grove Rd. and directly across the entrance to a campground.

Field TripsField Trip: Tundra Swans on the Mississippi

Sunday, November 21, 2021
1 – 4 p.m.
Savanna and Thomson Illinois
Coordinator: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204
We hope you can participate in our annual outing in search of Tundra Swans. We’ll meet at the Spring Lake parking area, a couple miles south of Savanna, just off of HWY 84. After exploring the Spring Lake area, we’ll car-caravan south to several sites, ending at Lock and Dam 13 near Thomson.
In addition to swans, we hope to see late-migrating waterfowl and wading birds. Bring binoculars. Please register for this trip by calling Mary.