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Stewardship: Freeport Prairie
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Old Joe Seep
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Earth Fest! Earth Day is Every Day!
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Swamp Sparrow Wetland
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Field Trip: Wilson Prairie Walk
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Blazing Star Saddles
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Corner Planting
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Swamp Sparrow Wetland
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Christian Cooper in Conversation: Celebrating the Diversity of Birds and People
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A Bird Walk with Christian Cooper at Taylor ParkStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Elkhorn Riparian Strip
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Spiderwort Vista
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Bluestem View
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Fruit Bowl
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Old Joe Seep
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Field Trip: Native Prairie Walk at Oakdale Nature PreserveFirefly Campfire at Elkhorn Creek
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NIAS Newsletter DeadlineStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Fruit Bowl and New Planting
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Elkhorn Riparian Strip
 

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Freeport Prairie

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
8 – 10 a.m.
Freeport Prairie, Walnut Rd, Freeport, IL (SW corner Walnut and Meadows Dr)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Freeport Prairie Nature Preserve is just south of the intersection of Meadows Dr. and Walnut Rd. on the south side of Freeport. Parking is off of Walnut Rd.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Old Joe Seep

Friday, June 4, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Randy and Nancy Ocken, 815-440-5768

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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

EventsEarth Fest! Earth Day is Every Day!

Saturday, June 5, 2021
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Freeport Public Library, Debate Square & Arts Plaza (Douglas Street, Freeport, IL)

10:00 – Exhibits and Activities for families; put on by Freeport Art Museum, Freeport Public Library, & University of Illinois Extension
10:15 – Earth based Yoga with Pat Leitzen Fye from Your Core Being (bring a mat if you prefer)
11:00 – Northern IL Raptor Rehab & Education– A program with Live Raptors!
1:00 – Hoo Haven – A program with Live Birds of Prey!!
2:00 – Music by Kendra Swanson

Activities will be at the various locations listed. Wander around to see the activities and exhibits. If weather is not suitable, activities and exhibits will be indoors at the Public Library. The afternoon concert will be canceled if it’s raining.
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the presentations and concert. CDC Covid protocols will be followed. Please be prepared to mask and social distance. Check the NW IL Audubon Facebook page for updates or changes.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Swamp Sparrow Wetland

Monday, June 7, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Juliet Moderow, 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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

Field TripsField Trip: Wilson Prairie Walk

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
9 – 11 a.m.
Wilson Prairie Nature Preserve near Pecatonica, IL
Coordinator: Don Miller, 815-218-8024

Don Miller will lead a tour of this privately-owned 20-acre dry prairie which provides habitat for at least nine species of grasses and over 75 species of native flowers. Located on a ridge with a great vista and an even more spectacular view on the ground. There is a 1/3 of a mile walk to get to the prairie from parking lot, but the walk will be easy.
Please email or call Don to reserve one of the limited spots and to get directions. rivermiller@hotmail.com or 815-218-8024.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Blazing Star Saddles

Thursday, June 10, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Bernard Lischwe, 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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Corner Planting

Saturday, June 12, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Swamp Sparrow Wetland

Monday, June 14, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Juliet Moderow, 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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

Christian Cooper in Conversation: Celebrating the Diversity of Birds and People

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
6:30 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
To register for this Zoom event click HERE

The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society, the Freeport Art Museum, and the Boys and Girls Club of Stephenson County are pleased to present a Zoom event featuring Christian Cooper.

Christian Cooper has graciously accepted an invitation to visit Freeport and share his enthusiasm for birding with the young people at the Boys and Girls Club and the community. During his visit, there will be a donation of binoculars to the Club to begin a birdwatching group.
Besides his lifelong excitement for birding, Christian has been a dedicated advocate for equality and inclusivity. On the evening of June 16th, he will speak from his experience in promoting social justice and anti-racism as part of that critical conversation concerning equity and inclusion throughout the United States.

We hope very much to see you there.

To register for this Zoom event click HERE

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Elkhorn Riparian Strip

Thursday, June 17, 2021
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Jeremy Dixon, 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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

EventsA Bird Walk with Christian Cooper at Taylor Park

Thursday, June 17, 2021
10:30 a.m.
Taylor Park, 900 E Stephenson St, Freeport, IL

Please note, this is a Freeport Art Museum event. Registration will be required for this event as the group size will be limited.

Please contact the Freeport Art Museum at education@freeportartmuseum.org or call 815-235-9755.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Spiderwort Vista

Saturday, June 19, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Anne Straight, 815-938-3263

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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Bluestem View

Monday, June 21, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Kara Gallup, 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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Fruit Bowl

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Kara Gallup, 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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Old Joe Seep

Friday, June 25, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Randy and Nancy Ocken, 815-440-5768

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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

Field TripsField Trip: Native Prairie Walk at Oakdale Nature Preserve

Saturday, June 26, 2021
9 – 10 a.m.
Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Rd., Freeport, IL
Coordinator: Adam Moderow, 815-541-5842

Learn the abundant and diverse plant species that have called this area home since before the first settlers. We will explore the prairie preserve at Oakdale highlighting some of the more common native plants, what their place in the ecosystem is, how prairies are maintained, and how backyard prairies are becoming popular. We anticipate not needing masks but please have one with you should guidelines change. Meet in the shelter/parking area of the Newell Tract (the part of Oakdale on the west side of Crane’s Grove Rd.)
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.

EventsFirefly Campfire at Elkhorn Creek

Saturday, June 26, 2021
8 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Coordinator: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Firefly Campfire at our Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve at 8 p.m. First we’ll take a stroll to observe nesting birds and blooming plants. The campfire begins at 8:30 p.m., with s’mores provided. We hope to see an impressive display of fireflies. Bring a lawn chair, flashlight, insect repellent and, if desired, water.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads, with parking off of West Grove Road. If weather is questionable call Mary at 815-938-3204.

Other/MiscellaneousNIAS Newsletter Deadline

Monday, June 28, 2021

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Fruit Bowl and New Planting

Monday, June 28, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Mary Blackmore, 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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Elkhorn Riparian Strip

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Jeremy Dixon, 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 species.

COVID Precautions: Please bring your mask for when social distancing is not possible. No carpooling will be arranged. Bring your own water and, if desired, snack.
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, sunscreen and work gloves.
We Supply: Tools and directions about our work always will be provided.

Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve is about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds., with parking off of West Grove Rd.