What did the landscape of Jo Daviess County look like prior to the arrival of the first European settlers?
JDCF, in partnership with the Galena/Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum and the Galena Cellars Vineyard, invite you to a June 7 presentation by Illinois Natural Area Surveyor Randy Nyboer. Randy will address this question and many more about the history of the land cover in Jo Daviess County and the rest of the driftless area of Northwest Illinois. A potluck will begin at 5:30, with an optional brief tour of the winery and vineyard at 5 p.m. The presentation will begin at 7 pm, for those wishing to attend just the talk. If attending the potluck, please bring a side dish to pass and your own table service. A main dish will be provided and wine will be available for purchase. RSVP’s are not necessary and everyone is welcome.
We thank the First Community Bank of Galena/Apple River State Bank for sponsoring our 2017 potluck and program speaker series.
The Bluebird Recovery Program of JDCF invites everyone to enjoy a Bluebird Trail Walk on Saturday morning from 9 AM to noon at Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve. No reservations are necessary and this event is free. This is a great opportunity to experience an outdoor Bluebird adventure for people of all ages. Guided tours will be given on easy and scenic Bluebird trail walks to see Bluebird eggs and babies up close in nest boxes.
Camp Casper 2017 will focus on water and has many exciting activities planned for kids ages 9-13. There will be field trips the Galena History Museum to learn about the Galena River and it’s influence on this area’s history as well as a tour of the Mississippi River on Chestnut Mountain’s river tour boat. To register, contact the Galena ARC at 815-777-2248 or visit www.galenaarc.org/camp-casper. We thank our program sponsor, Illinois Bank & Trust.
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 PSF, will tell stories about the nighttime sky and explain how the indigenous American’s interpreted their sky. PSF’s amateur astronomers will be using their telescopes so that the audience can view various heavenly bodies. PSF will have its traveling meteorite exhibit on hand as well. The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.
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 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 echolocation.
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 hot chocolate to warm you up after the hike, but be sure to dress for the weather and bring your flashlight! The family-friendly event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.