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Our 2020 calendar of events has changed in response to COVID-19 and Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order.  Please join us for our Facebook Live events in April and check back often as we move forward with a new schedule.

June 2020

Birding at Valley of Eden

We are all in this together! For a virtual, family-friendly activity, join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, for the next in our series of nature-related, educational Facebook Live events sponsored by Fig Leaf in Dubuque, IA. We will be practicing social distancing while touring the 400-acre Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary.  A special guest will tell us about the rare and threatened bird species nesting there. By liking, commenting, or sharing the video, you will be entered into a drawing for an item donated by Fig Leaf. Like us at Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to join in.

$10

Valley of Eden Film Release ~ A Virtual Tour with Expert Guides

The Friends of Valley of Eden will be releasing a short film to replace their annual Birding 101 event that has been cancelled due to Covid-19.  Two expert birders will discuss key features of the bird sanctuary including the rare grassland habitat that is home to endangered and threatened bird species.   Details to come.

 

 

 

Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Well, wonder no more because we have brought back our popular walking tours with JDCF Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker.  Participants will get the inside scoop on geologic features that can be seen from the top of the mound and tour the many points of interest found at the preserve. You will also have a chance to see and ask questions about the restoration work being done on the western slope of the mound that is visible from Highway 20. The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. A suggested donation of $10/person for non-members of JDCF is welcome to help with costs of maintaining the preserve.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring this event.

July 2020

iNaturalist Workshop

JDCF  is holding a workshop on how to use the popular nature app, iNaturalist. Jess Hepker, JDCF’s Outreach and Education Manager, will walk through the basics of iNat and show everyone how to make observations with it. By using the iNat app, you can create research quality data for scientists around the world to use. This online community can also help you identify and understand the environment around you. After the indoor session, we will head outside to the Schurmeier Teaching Forest, just south of town, where we will practice using the app. $10/person for non-members.

Please note that a second session will be offered from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Limited seats available. RSVP your session preference to educator@nulljdcf.org

You can check iNaturalist out here:  https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/about.

Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Well, wonder no more because we have brought back our popular walking tours with JDCF Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker.  Participants will get the inside scoop on geologic features that can be seen from the top of the mound and tour the many points of interest found at the preserve. You will also have a chance to see and ask questions about the restoration work being done on the western slope of the mound that is visible from Highway 20. The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. A suggested donation of $10/person for non-members of JDCF is welcome to help with costs of maintaining the preserve.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring this event.

August 2020

Experience Wapello ~ A Wildflower Walk

Have you ever wondered what a personal tour of the Wapello Land and Water Reserve might be like?  Well, wonder no more and join the Friends of Wapello for an afternoon walk through the prairie in full bloom. One of the most impressive short-grass prairie restorations in the state, an expert guide will introduce us to the variety of native plants and wildflowers found there.  We will meet under the new pavilion near the parking lot.  The event is free and RSVP’s are not required.

Did you know that the Friends of Wapello is a volunteer organization created to promote, develop, and interpret the natural and archaeological resources of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s Wapello Land & Water Reserve for this and future generations?  To find out more, please join them at their monthly planning meetings the first Tuesday of the month at the Hanover Township Park District building at 6 PM.

$10

Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Well, wonder no more because we have brought back our popular walking tours with JDCF Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker.  Participants will get the inside scoop on geologic features that can be seen from the top of the mound and tour the many points of interest found at the preserve. You will also have a chance to see and ask questions about the restoration work being done on the western slope of the mound that is visible from Highway 20. The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. A suggested donation of $10/person for non-members of JDCF is welcome to help with costs of maintaining the preserve.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring this event.

$10

Meteors on the Mound

JDCF and the Friends of Horseshoe Mound invite everyone to Meteors on the Mound for 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. The event is free for members of JDCF and $10/person for non-members. RSVP’s are not required.

There will be family-friendly activities for people of all ages as well a presentation by an expert astronomer.  Amateur astronomers will have telescopes onsite so that participants can view various heavenly bodies. If you have a telescope, please bring it along.  This program is weather dependent so if it is raining, please visit the JDCF website or Facebook page for updates.

Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis Presents John James Audubon

The Elizabeth Historical Society and the Friends of Wapello are pleased to be co-hosting Adventures with Audubon with internationally renowned storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis. Ellis portrays John James Audubon in entertaining and meticulously researched monologues in a two-part program.

At 9:00 AM, join ‘Mr. Audubon’ on a unique bird watching adventure at the Wapello Land & Water Reserve in Hanover, IL with lessons on field ecology, scientific method, art history, and bird migration.

At 1:00 PM, the program will move indoors to the Hanover Township Park District Building for an inside look at the studio of one of America’s greatest naturalists and wildlife artists. Listen to tales of Audubon’s adventures as he finishes something no one had ever accomplished before – drawing every bird in North America. Ellis also brings a museum worth of beautiful, life-like portraits of birds by John James Audubon.

Brian “Fox” Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist. He has worked with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum, and dozens of other museums across the country. Ellis is a highly sought speaker and the author of 16 books. This is a program not to be missed. Free and RSVP’s not needed.

September 2020

iNaturalist Workshop

JDCF  is holding a workshop on how to use the popular nature app, iNaturalist. Jess Hepker, JDCF’s Outreach and Education Manager, will walk through the basics of iNat and show everyone how to make observations with it. By using the iNat app, you can create research quality data for scientists around the world to use. This online community can also help you identify and understand the environment around you. After the indoor session, we will head outside to the Schurmeier Teaching Forest, just south of town, where we will practice using the app. $10/person for non-members.

Please note that a second session will be offered from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Limited seats available. RSVP your session preference to educator@nulljdcf.org.

You can check iNaturalist out here:  https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/about.

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