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Our 2019 calendar of events is taking shape. We have some exciting new outings planned in addition to our signature events of Camp Casper, Potluck and Program Series, Moonlight Frog Walk, and Meteors on the Mound.  Scroll through and mark your calendars today!

May 2019

Ice Cream Social

JDCF’s Friends of Wapello invite you and your entire family to join them for an old fashioned ice cream social fundraiser under the new pavilion at the Wapello Land & Water Reserve on Thursday, May 30th from 5-8PM. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets to enjoy the sights and sounds of Wapello while listening to local favorite, Medicinal Purposes. Tickets for this event are $10 per person with a $40 max for families. This is a BYOB family event. JoJo the clown will be in attendance. The Wapello LWR is located at 8642 IL Rt 84 S, Hanover, IL.

The Friends of Wapello is a volunteer, civic organization created to promote, develop, and interpret the natural and archaeological resources of the Wapello Reserve so that they may be shared with this and future generations.

June 2019

$10

Birding 101

At the Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary, a team of expert birders will guide instructional tours of the preserve at this new event for 2019. It is open to the public, free for members and $10 for non-members (minimum membership is $35 annually). Novices are encouraged to join! Anybody ages 10+ may join one of the tour groups to learn how to identify species of birds in the wild. Learn how to use binoculars and field guides. Compare different field guides by hearing reviews by seasoned birders. If you have your own binoculars, bring them! With these tools at hand, you will learn the language of the birds. They are telling a story that you might want to hear. We should warn you that after attending the tour, you might never look out of a window the same. You might even try to bring your binoculars with you everywhere you go. Most likely, you will become the token “bird nerd” to all of your friends.  All tours leave promptly at 9:00 AM. Long pants are recommended and young children must be accompanied by an adult. We thank the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society for providing binoculars for this event.

Bluebird Trail Walk

This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to experience an outdoor bluebird adventure.  Guided tours will be given by members of JDCF’s Bluebird Recovery Program along the bluebird trail at Casper Bluff to see eggs and babies in nest boxes.  The basics of bluebird monitoring will be covered as well for those wishing to create a trail of their own. Free and RSVP’s not needed.

Thunderbird: a JDCF Safari

Day 1:  Archaeologist and historian, Dr. Phil Millhouse, will guide a half-day safari of one of the most significant Native American cultural sites in all of Illinois, featuring the last known intact Thunderbird effigy mound in the state.  Your safari begins with coffee, tea, and homemade pastries, as Phil tells you the amazing story of the mound builder society, creators of the Thunderbird.

Then, your safari will traverse the stunning landscape of JDCF’s Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve, overlooking the Mississippi and just minutes from downtown Galena, where you will view the Thunderbird along with many other burial mounds in the Aiken Mound group, which are still visible today.  Your tour of the site includes wilderness trails where native and edible plants and a variety of wildlife can also be viewed.

Day 2: Your safari location moves to an archaeological dig at nearby Gratiot’s Grove, Wisconsin, outside of Shullsburg, just over the border with Illinois. There you will join Phil and students from Syracuse University who are excavating a complex French American and Ho-Chunk Native American settlement on the lead mining frontier of the 1820’s.

Walking on uneven ground will be required at both sites. Our safaris are suitable only for children 12 and older.  This is a rain or shine safari, and unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds.

Day 1: Saturday, June 15, 8:00 am to Noon
Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve, 870 S Pilot Knob Rd, Galena
Day 2: Sunday, June 16, 9:00 am to Noon
Gratiot’s Grove, Shullsburg Wisconsin
(maps and directions will be provided when you sign up)

$50 per person/$35 per person for JDCF members.  RSVP to info@nulljdcf.org to sign up.

 

Camp Casper Nature Camp

JDCF, in partnership with the Galena ARC,  will once again host Camp Casper, an outdoor day camp for children ages 8 to 12, at JDCF’s Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve.  Our theme for 2019 will center around the importance of trees in our natural world.  Reservations are required by calling the Galena ARC at 815.777.2248.

$50

Bobolinks: A JDCF Safari

Join JDCF volunteer and international birding expert Bobbi Asher for a half-day birding adventure at the Valley of Eden Bird Bird Sanctuary.

In decline because of habitat loss, this striking bird with a unique black underbelly and beautiful song, travels thousands of miles each year to nest in the restored grasslands of JDCF’s new bird sanctuary. Bobbi Asher, international birder and board member of the International Crane Foundation and Chicago Audubon, will guide you through the meadow where they nest to watch their charming aerial displays and along the way, you will likely see other birds of conservation concern such as the Henslow’s sparrow, red-headed woodpecker, and northern harrier as well as many of the more than 100 species that visit or make VOE their warm-weather home.

Over lunch (included), Bobbi will share lots of fun facts about the birds you’ve sighted. $50/safari; $35/safari for JDCF members. Rain days are Sun-day, June 23rd and Sunday, June 30th. Suitable for children 12 and over. Requires walking on uneven ground. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your safari beyond the stipulated rain dates. Nor can we guarantee you will see your target species, but we’re confident you’ll enjoy your safari and see much wonderful wildlife.$35/JDCF members, $50/non-member.  Includes lunch.  RSVP required to info@nulljdcf.org. Space may be limited.

$50

Bobolinks: A JDCF Safari

Join JDCF volunteer and international birding expert Bobbi Asher for a half-day birding adventure at the Valley of Eden Bird Bird Sanctuary.

In decline because of habitat loss, this striking bird with a unique black underbelly and beautiful song, travels thousands of miles each year to nest in the restored grasslands of JDCF’s new bird sanctuary. Bobbi Asher, international birder and board member of the International Crane Foundation and Chicago Audubon, will guide you through the meadow where they nest to watch their charming aerial displays and along the way, you will likely see other birds of conservation concern such as the Henslow’s sparrow, red-headed woodpecker, and northern harrier as well as many of the more than 100 species that visit or make VOE their warm-weather home.

Over lunch (included), Bobbi will share lots of fun facts about the birds you’ve sighted. $50/safari; $35/safari for JDCF members. Rain days are Sun-day, June 23rd and Sunday, June 30th. Suitable for children 12 and over. Requires walking on uneven ground. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your safari beyond the stipulated rain dates. Nor can we guarantee you will see your target species, but we’re confident you’ll enjoy your safari and see much wonderful wildlife.$35/JDCF members, $50/non-member.  Includes lunch.  RSVP required to info@nulljdcf.org. Space may be limited.

July 2019

Potluck & Program: Climate Change Impacts to Biodiversity

Everyone is invited to attend this presentation by Abigail Derby Lewis, Senior Conservation Ecologist at Chicago’s Field Museum.  If attending the potluck, please bring a dish to pass and table service.  If attending just the talk, please arrive just before 7:00 PM.  Free and RSVP’s not needed.

August 2019

$10

Meteors on the Mound

JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) invite the public to Meteors on the Mound to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound Preserve. Horseshoe Mound is the eighth highest point in Jo Daviess County and offers spectacular views of the tristate area from three different vantage points. This is the only time of the year that the preserve is open to the public after dark so it is a special occasion.

Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn about meteors from PSF planetary geologist, Dr. Paul Sipiera. Amateur astronomers will have telescopes onsite so that the participants can view various heavenly bodies. If you have a telescope, please bring it along. PSF will have its traveling meteorite exhibit on hand as well. $10/person for non-members of JDCF.

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