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Field Trip: Wildflowers & Wildlife, Wapello Land and Water Reserve
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Sandy Slope
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna
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Meeting: NIAS Board MeetingMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna and Upper Planting
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Field Trip: Navigating in the Wild, Newel Tract at Oakdale
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Goats 'n Roses
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Jim's Hill
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Screech Owl Campfire at Elkhorn Creek
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Field Trip: Water!
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Lower West Planting
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Stewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Blazing Star Saddles
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Field TripsField Trip: Wildflowers & Wildlife, Wapello Land and Water Reserve

Thursday, July 1, 2021
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Wapello Land and Water Reserve, 8642 IL-84, Hanover, IL
Coordinator: Laura Dufford, 815-541-8958

Wapello Reserve is a 178 acre tract of restored prairie, wetland, woodland, and river corridor owned by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. The site is also home to several Native American mounds. We’ll be walking a mostly level, mowed grass trail which takes us through a 13 year old prairie restoration. We should see a good display of wildflowers, pollinators working the flowers, and hopefully catch a glimpse of some interesting bird species. It is easy walking, but there is no shade. Meet at the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Bring water and insect repellent. From Freeport, take Route 20 west. Just past Elizabeth, turn south on Highway 84. The site is located just south of Hanover on the west side of Highway 84.
Trip leader: Laura Dufford, phone: 815-541-8958, email: lauradufford@gmail.com

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Pam & Jim Richards, 815-338-4049

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, Sandy Slope

Friday, July 9, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: John & Anita Nienhuis, 815-443-2401

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, Black Oak Savanna

Monday, July 12, 2021
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Pam & Jim Richards, 815-338-4049

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.

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Conservation Committee

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
6 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

MeetingsMeeting: NIAS Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
7 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL

Stewardship DaysStewardship: Elkhorn Creek, Black Oak Savanna and Upper Planting

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
8 – 10 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leaders: Pam & Jim Richards, 815-338-4049

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: Navigating in the Wild, Newel Tract at Oakdale

Saturday, July 17, 2021
9 – 10 a.m.
Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Rd., Freeport, IL
Coordinator: Adam Moderow, 815-541-5842

Want to know how to turn your watch into a compass? Do you know how to find East using a stick in the ground? Do you think moss only grows on the North side of a tree? We will talk about these strategies for navigation and more at Oakdale Nature Preserve. Meet in the shelter/parking area of the Newell Tract (the part of Oakdale on the west side of Crane’s Grove Rd.) We anticipate not needing masks but please have one with you should guidelines change.
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: Elkhorn Creek, Goats 'n Roses

Monday, July 19, 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, Jim's Hill

Thursday, July 22, 2021
7 – 9 a.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Leader: Teresa Smith, 815-835-5109

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.

EventsScreech Owl Campfire at Elkhorn Creek

Saturday, July 24, 2021
7:30 p.m.
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve, Forreston, IL (SE corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds)
Coordinator: Mary Blackmore, 815-938-3204

Screech Owl Full Moon Campfire at our Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve at 7:30 p.m. After a stroll to observe birds and blooms, the campfire will start at 8:00, with s’mores provided. This is typically a good time of the summer to hear our resident Screech Owls. 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.

Field TripsField Trip: Water!

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

Whether you are camping for the weekend or out for an afternoon birding walk, you will always need water. What do you do if you don’t have a water bottle or end up being out longer than you thought? How do plants and animals get water in the wild? On this hike through Oakdale, we will discuss and demonstrate different strategies for getting safe water and what we can learn from how our animal friends do it. It being a water focused lesson, be prepared to get wet. 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: Elkhorn Creek, Lower West Planting

Tuesday, July 27, 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, Blazing Star Saddles

Thursday, July 29, 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.