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Bluebirds and Spring Go Together!

Spring, the season we’ve all been waiting for these last few months, is finally coming!  One of our favorite signs of spring is the return of the Bluebirds.  Soon we’ll have a chance to welcome new breeding pairs to our nest boxes, and inaugurate the new season. As idyllic as this sounds, there will be […] Read More

Hanover Area Farm Protected

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation is thrilled to announce its 28th conservation easement, which forever preserves a 210-acre farm overlooking the Mississippi Valley. The conservation easement was donated to JDCF in December of last year by Harry and Beth Drucker. The Druckers have been living and farming in Jo Daviess County for 50 years. Harry’s […] Read More

Special Statement on Train Derailment

JDCF is among a growing group of community members, elected officials, and wildlife refuge managers who are deeply concerned by the recent train derailments and associated spillage of contaminants and fires effecting the people and natural communities in the Upper Mississippi Driftless Area. The March 5th BNSF crude oil car derailment was within a several […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Fantastic Frogs & Friends Frog Walk

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Meeker Street footbridge

Bring the entire family to our annual Frog Walk along the levee from the Meeker Street footbridge to Buehler Preserve in downtown Galena.  Participants will learn about frogs and toads, have a toast to spring, and hike the trail to listen to different frog and toad calls.   For more information, contact Lindsay Andrews at

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Historian Daryl Watson

May 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Galena Cellars Vineyard

With vintage photos and engaging anecdotes, award-winning historian Daryl Watson tells the fascinating and unique story of the settlement and evolving economy of our region, bound from their beginnings to our driftless geology.  From mines, steamboats, and mercantile houses, to factories, farms and tourism, in Watson’s words, the driftless area of Jo Daviess County is […] Read More

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Natural Areas Surveyor Randy Nyboer

July 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Unnamed Venue

As a Field Surveyor for the Illinois Natural History Survey, biologist Randy Nyboer climbs bluffs, wades through wetlands, and parts the prairies in search of rare and wonderful species and habitats worth conserving.  He calls them “beautiful little gems.”  His presentation will tell us about, and show us, many examples of the rich diversity of […] Read More

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Conserving the Water and Soil of the Driftless Area

October 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Galena Cellars Vineyard

Well-known and highly regarded experts Sam Panno and Don Luman, of the Illinois State Geological Survey, and Jeff Hastings, Project Manager of the Driftless Area Restoration Effort, will talk about the unique geological characteristics of our critical underground formations and waterways as well as the nature of our rich but often shallow “driftless” soil.  They […] Read More

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