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Land Steward Internship Available

Internship Dates:  May 16, 2016 to August 12, 2015 Submission Deadline:  March 18, 2016 Salary:  $8.25/hour, 40 hours/week As a Land Stewardship Assistant, you will work with the Land Stewardship Director and the Invasive Strike Team staff to help maintain over 850 acres of prairie/ woodland habitat and trails owned and operated by JDCF. Your […] Read More

Luminaria Night Hike Postponed Until February 6, 2016

Due to lack of snow, JDCF has postponed the Luminaria Hike at Casper Bluff for one week.  Snow is expected mid-week next week and we are hopeful conditions will be much improved by 2/6/16.  All other details remain as is.  See you there!

JDCF Receives Grant to Help Monarch Butterflies

JDCF has been selected to receive a grant award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for $83,640 over the next two years. Funding from this grant will be used to restore prairie and monarch habitats on former agricultural land on two of JDCF’s preserves. This grant will also be used to support JDCF’s outreach and […] Read More

Major Conservation Legislation Congress Passed Will Have Local Benefits

JDCF is pleased to announce a bipartisan congressional vote that makes permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation.  Farmers, ranchers, and the public will directly benefit from the incentive that encourages landowners to place a conservation easement on their land to protect important natural, scenic, and historic resources. JDCF is a member of the […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Film: Flight of the Butterflies

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GTA Owners Club

Each fall, monarch butterflies migrate up to 3000 miles to the overwintering grounds of their ancestors, a place in Mexico they themselves have never know.  This 44-minute feature, which the New York Times called “fascinating,” tells their story along with that of the man who spent 40 years discovering their flight path and secret winter […] Read More

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NW Illinois Cooperative Burn School

March 19 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
GTA Owners Club

A meeting to organize and train burn team participants for the spring prescribed fire season will be held this year in the Galena Territory Owners’ Club Lounge on Saturday March 19, 2016 at  2000 Territory Drive, Galena, Illinois.  The Northwest Illinois Burn Cooperative is organized to help organizations and people who want to use fire […] Read More

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JDCF Annual Meeting with Guest Dr. Karen Oberhauser

April 2 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chestnut Mountain Resort

Join us as we kick off our 2016 theme of Insects of the Driftless Area with monarch butterfly expert Dr. Karen Oberhauser beginning at 4:30 PM at Chestnut Mountain Resort.  Dr. Oberhauser is a professor in the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology department at the University of Minnesota.  In 2013, she was named a Champion of […] Read More

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Experience Gateway Park – A Walking Tour

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Galena Gateway Park

Join JDCF and Field Museum staff for a guided tour of Gateway Park.  The walk will take place on mowed trails over rolling terrain.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Powderhouse Hill Rd at 1:00 PM.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

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