Latest News

Fossils of Jo Daviess County – A Virtual Lesson

We are all in this together!  JDCF went Live on Facebook this morning with our Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, who discussed common fossils found in Jo Daviess County and where families might head out to find them while practicing social distancing.  For those of you who missed the live-stream, we are posting it […] Read More

JDCF Preserves to Remain Open – Over 700 Acres Await!

We at JDCF are taking the Covid-19 precautions very seriously.  We have cancelled our upcoming events and we are following CDC protocols to protect employees and their families. But we do have something valuable to offer those feeling trapped indoors. We  invite you to practice social distancing while enjoying one of our nature preserves – all […] Read More

A Big Achievement for a Little Brown Bird

Wonderful news reached JDCF and the Friends of Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary in January 2020. After an intense 2 year project by JDCF volunteers (and a lot of paperwork), the property has received the designation of an Important Bird Area (IBA) in the State of Illinois. The Important Bird Areas program is a worldwide […] Read More

JDCF Announces 2020 Slate of Candidates for Election to the Board

The following individuals will stand for re-election to the Board of Directors by mail in ballot to all members in good standing with JDCF. Maureen Bardusk An artist whose work celebrates the Driftless landscape, Maureen has owned property in Jo Daviess County for 40 years. A fascination with area architecture and history led to learning […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Backyard Birding & Birding 101 – A Virtual Lesson

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We are all in this together! For a virtual, family-friendly activity outdoors, join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for the 2nd in our new series of nature-related, educational Facebook Live events. We will be practicing social distancing while discussing birding in your own backyard as our feathered friends return to our area, ushering […] Read More

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Bluebird Monitors & Wannabes – Cancelled

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Murphy’s Gardens Native Plant Fundraiser Will Be Held Online

April 24 @ 10:00 am - April 25 @ 4:00 pm

Murphy’s Gardens is still hosting a native plant fundraiser for JDCF in April.  Due to COVID-19, this sale will take place online.  Shopping this sale will support both a local business and a local nonprofit! Details to come.  

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iNaturalist Workshop

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

JDCF  is holding a workshop on how to use the popular nature app, iNaturalist. Jess Hepker, JDCF’s Outreach and Education Manager, will walk through the basics of iNat and show everyone how to make observations with it. By using the iNat app, you can create research quality data for scientists around the world to use. […] Read More

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