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Each year, JDCF focuses on a theme. Previous themes have included The (Mississippi) River, Backyard Birding, and most recently in 2015, the Geology of the Driftless Area. Our theme for 2016 is Insects of the Upper Mississippi. With the help of committed volunteers, we are planning speakers and field outings for adults and children which will explore the important role these small creatures play in nature and our lives. In addition, our calendar also features signature events such as our annual Camp Casper, Moonlight Frog Walk, Spring Wildflower Walk, and Fall Forest Walk. All of these events are free to the public, so join us!

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November 2016

Public Presentation on Archaeological Findings at Wapello

Join Dr. Phil Millhouse and Tim Horsley, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University,  to learn about the results of the archaeological survey conducted at the addition to the Wapello Reserve in 2015.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.  Local artifact collections will be on hand as well.

December 2016

Owl Prowl at Casper Bluff

We will begin the event by examining the contents of owl pellets to see what these nocturnal birds of prey eat.  This will be followed by a night hike through Casper Bluff to identify different owls by their calls.  The family-friendly event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.

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