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Japanese Knotweed: An Emerging Invasive Weed in Jo Davies County

JDCF staff has observed a new invasive weed, Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica/Polygonum cuspidatum), around streams and drainage ditches in in the Galena area. Invasive species, often plants or animals arriving from other continents, have created huge challenges for land managers of conservation lands in NW Illinois. If left untreated, Japanese Knotweed could spread further around […] Read More

Great River Trail Coalition Meets in Galena

On June 20 about 85 people gathered at Chestnut Mountain Resort to be briefed on emerging plans for completing the next legs of the Great River Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail from Galena to Savanna. These plans follow the Jo Daviess County Greenways and Trails Plan, part of the county’s comprehensive plan adopted in 2009. The […] Read More

Major Daviess Summer Ale -A Great Taste for a Great Cause!

JDCF, in collaboration with the Galena Brewing Company, is building on last summer’s unveil of the Major Daviess Summer Ale, a refreshing American wheat ale that supports land preservation in Jo Daviess County. The first kegs have been tapped in this unique partnership between a local business and a local nonprofit organization. A portion of the […] Read More

Casper Bluff to Grow to 100+ Acres!

Nearly ten years after JDCF purchased the original 85-acre Casper Bluff Preserve, we are thrilled to announce the acquisition of 21 acres that will be managed as a new addition to Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve. Funding for the purchase of this property was generously provided by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, the […] Read More

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Upcoming Events

Meteors on the Mound

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) invite the public to a night sky viewing event. As part of the Perseid meteor shower that will be taking place, PSF planetary geologist, Dr. Paul Sipiera will be sharing his expertise in the area of meteorites beginning around 7:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., Diane Sipiera, Executive Director of […] Read More

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Creatures of the Night: Owls & Bats

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about some of our nocturnal friends, owls and bats. This program, geared towards a middle school grade level, introduces the life cycle of the owl and its food and habitat. It also identifies the characteristics that make the owl a perfect predator and member of the raptor family. Participants will get to dissect an […] Read More

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Owl Prowl

December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening owl-prowl hike at Casper Bluff.  This year, we will be joined by the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education Center who will bring along a few of their feathered friends for an educational program and meet and greet with live owls before we head out on the trails. There will be […] Read More

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