Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL. Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in a guided hike down the trail to see how many frogs we can see and hear. Participants will learn about the difference between frogs and toads as well as how to identify them by their sound or “call”. Parking is available on Park Avenue and Jefferson Street in Galena. This is a catch and release event.
Our 2018 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, Bluebird Trail Walk, and Fall Forest Walk. The full calendar will be posted soon so check back often for more information.
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Everyone is invited to enjoy a workshop on two of our most beautiful native birds, bluebirds and red-headed woodpeckers. This morning workshop will be filled with interesting and colorful information about these beautiful birds, including how you can help monitor bluebird trails and local woodpecker populations, and even attract them to your property. You are encouraged to come whether you are a new or experienced birder.
Our experts from the Bluebird Recovery Program will relate lessons learned from their years of experience in setting up and monitoring bluebird nest boxes, and share how the success of the bluebird trails in Jo Daviess County has brought bluebirds back from the brink of extinction. Discover the best ways to select the location for a nest box, the features of the nest box, and what to expect when you monitor the Bluebirds who use it. You can also find out how to join a team monitoring an existing bluebird trail, or attract these gems of blue to raise families in your own yard. New to the workshop this year, we will also be covering the basics of bed-beaded woodpeckers, another native, cavity-nesting bird whose population has been declining.
The morning will conclude with a drawing for door prizes, and the opportunity to pick up helpful literature, purchase professional bird photos, books and nest boxes, and get free advice on setting up your own nest box
All tours are full. Due to the amount of interest in this event, we are planning a fall tour. Dates are TBD.
Join us for the grand opening of our newest preserve, a 405-acre bird sanctuary donated to JDCF by former Stockton resident Nancy Hamill Winter. We will be joined by the Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Center with Marshmallow, their Educational American White Pelican. To date, there have been documented sightings of over 100 different bird species at Valley of Eden. Notable Illinois species of conservation concern include the Henslow’s sparrow, bobolink, red-headed woodpecker, and northern harrier, as well as more common species such as a variety of owls, woodpeckers, and grassland birds making Valley of Eden a birding paradise for people of all ages and birding abilities. More details will follow.
Join us for a potluck and program featuring our own Executive Director, Steve Barg, as he discusses JDCF’s Native American connection through conservation of heritage sites and building relationships with tribal descendants. If attending the potluck, please bring a dish to pass and table service. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. If attending just the talk, please arrive just before 7:00 PM.
Join JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound on Saturday, August 11th from 7-11 PM. Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn about meteors before the sunset ushers in the celestial show! The event will be cancelled if it is raining, so please check jdcf.org or the JDCF Facebook page for updates. The event is free and RSVP’s are not required. Horseshoe Mound Preserve is located at 1679 N Blackjack Road, Galena.
With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries & nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk on Saturday, September 15th from 1:00- 3:00pm at the Schurmeier Teaching Forest. This free event will be led by expert staff and volunteers from JDCF who will identify native trees, wildflowers, and berries on an approximately 1.5 mile hike through the forest. The terrain is suitable for people of all ages making the walk an event the entire family can enjoy. Appropriate footwear is recommended!
To reach Schurmeier Forest, take HWY 20 to Derinda Road just east of downtown Elizabeth. Travel a short distance to Tower Road, turn right and follow to Reusch Road. Take a left on Reusch and drive 1 ½ miles to the parking lot on the right side of the road. The entrance to the forest is on the left.
Join JDCF on Saturday, October 2oth at 10:00 AM to 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 can dissect an owl pellet to see exactly what an owls eats. Basic information about bats will also be covered with an emphasis on how they navigate by a special system called echolocation. This free program will be held at the Belden School in the Galena Territory. RSVP’s are not required.
Join us for a memorable evening of poetry. Kimberly Blaeser is a Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You. Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. She is the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Blaeser, is currently at work on a collection of “Picto-Poems” which combines her photographs and poetry.
Details to come on this day-long symposium. $10.00 entrance fee for non-JDCF members.