JDCF will be opening a 409-acre property near Stockton, Illinois, on Saturday, June 2, 2018 beginning at 9 AM. After opening remarks, trails will be open for self-guided tours; and bird experts will be on hand with spotting scopes to answer your questions. We will also be joined by the Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center with their American white pelican ambassador, Marshmallow, for a live bird program. Wear sturdy shoes for hiking on uneven ground, and bring your sense of adventure!
A generous gift from Nancy Hamill Winter, Valley of Eden offers a variety of habitats to sustain many native Illinois birds that have been on the decline for the past 50 years due primarily to habitat loss or alteration to grasslands, forests, and oak savannas. The grassland habitat at Valley of Eden will support species that have suffered the steepest decline, including the bobolink, Henslow’s sparrow, dickcissel, sedge wren, and more, by providing the right cover and food mix to allow them to breed and successfully rear a family.
The name Valley of Eden is a tribute to the Eden families who settled in this valley and have farmed here for 4 generations, and continue to raise Black Angus cattle in one of two pastures during most of the growing season as part of the management of the property. The site has over 6 miles of grass walking paths that weave through grasslands, along forests and pasture edges, and between beautiful oak savannas. More than 108 bird species have been identified, and the list is growing. Please note that dogs and dog walking are not allowed.
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. We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for their sponsorship of our 2018 speaker series.
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. We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for their sponsorship of our 2018 speaker series.
Details to come on this day-long symposium. $10.00 entrance fee for non-JDCF members.