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Our 2019 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, and Meteors on the Mound.  Scroll through and mark your calendars today!

April 2019

JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean?

JDCF is sponsoring a Biggest Tree Contest to recognize the largest tree within each of the designated native tree species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson Counties. Gather the family and head outside to discover, record, and appreciate the largest native tree species in our forests, parks, and front yards from April 1st through October 1st, 2019. We hope that in searching for these champion trees, you will become more aware of the beauty and importance of Illinois’ native trees. Information about the contest can be found here:  Big Tree Rack Card

June 2019

Camp Casper Nature Camp

JDCF, in partnership with the Galena ARC,  will once again host Camp Casper, an outdoor day camp for children ages 8 to 12, at JDCF’s Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve.  Our theme for 2019 will center around the importance of trees in our natural world.  Reservations are required by calling the Galena ARC at 815.777.2248.

$50

Bobolinks: A JDCF Safari

Join JDCF volunteer and international birding expert Bobbi Asher for a half-day birding adventure at the Valley of Eden Bird Bird Sanctuary.

In decline because of habitat loss, this striking bird with a unique black underbelly and beautiful song, travels thousands of miles each year to nest in the restored grasslands of JDCF’s new bird sanctuary. Bobbi Asher, international birder and board member of the International Crane Foundation and Chicago Audubon, will guide you through the meadow where they nest to watch their charming aerial displays and along the way, you will likely see other birds of conservation concern such as the Henslow’s sparrow, red-headed woodpecker, and northern harrier as well as many of the more than 100 species that visit or make VOE their warm-weather home.

Over lunch (included), Bobbi will share lots of fun facts about the birds you’ve sighted. $50/safari; $35/safari for JDCF members. Rain days are Sun-day, June 23rd and Sunday, June 30th. Suitable for children 12 and over. Requires walking on uneven ground. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your safari beyond the stipulated rain dates. Nor can we guarantee you will see your target species, but we’re confident you’ll enjoy your safari and see much wonderful wildlife.$35/JDCF members, $50/non-member.  Includes lunch.  RSVP required to info@nulljdcf.org. Space may be limited.

$50

Bobolinks: A JDCF Safari

Join JDCF volunteer and international birding expert Bobbi Asher for a half-day birding adventure at the Valley of Eden Bird Bird Sanctuary.

In decline because of habitat loss, this striking bird with a unique black underbelly and beautiful song, travels thousands of miles each year to nest in the restored grasslands of JDCF’s new bird sanctuary. Bobbi Asher, international birder and board member of the International Crane Foundation and Chicago Audubon, will guide you through the meadow where they nest to watch their charming aerial displays and along the way, you will likely see other birds of conservation concern such as the Henslow’s sparrow, red-headed woodpecker, and northern harrier as well as many of the more than 100 species that visit or make VOE their warm-weather home.

Over lunch (included), Bobbi will share lots of fun facts about the birds you’ve sighted. $50/safari; $35/safari for JDCF members. Rain days are Sun-day, June 23rd and Sunday, June 30th. Suitable for children 12 and over. Requires walking on uneven ground. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your safari beyond the stipulated rain dates. Nor can we guarantee you will see your target species, but we’re confident you’ll enjoy your safari and see much wonderful wildlife.$35/JDCF members, $50/non-member.  Includes lunch.  RSVP required to info@nulljdcf.org. Space may be limited.

July 2019

Potluck & Program: Climate Change Impacts to Biodiversity

Everyone is invited to attend this presentation by Abigail Derby Lewis, Senior Conservation Ecologist at Chicago’s Field Museum.  If attending the potluck, please bring a dish to pass and table service.  If attending just the talk, please arrive just before 7:00 PM.  Free and RSVP’s not needed.

Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. This event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.

August 2019

$10

Meteors on the Mound

JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) invite the public to Meteors on the Mound to catch 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.

Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn about meteors from PSF planetary geologist, Dr. Paul Sipiera. Amateur astronomers will have telescopes onsite so that the participants can view various heavenly bodies. If you have a telescope, please bring it along. PSF will have its traveling meteorite exhibit on hand as well. $10/person for non-members of JDCF.

Experience Horseshoe Mound – A Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of JDCF’s Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Wonder no more and join our Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker, for a one-hour tour to discover the many points of interest atop the mound.  The walk will take place along mowed trails over rolling terrain. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of the lane. This event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.

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Elizabeth, Illinois 61028

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Elizabeth, Illinois 61028-0216

Email

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