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Our 2020 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 2020

Moonlight Frog Walk

Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL.  The event begins at 6:00 pm.  Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in a guided hike down the trail to see how many frogs we can see and hear.  Participants will learn about the difference between frogs and toads as well as how to identify them by their sound or “call”.  Parking is available on Park Avenue and Jefferson Street in Galena.  This is a catch and release event and will be held rain or shine. Free to the public.

Murphy’s Gardens Native Plant Fundraiser Will Be Held Online

Murphy’s Gardens is still hosting a native plant fundraiser for JDCF in April.  Due to COVID-19, this sale will take place online.  Shopping this sale will support both a local business and a local nonprofit! Details to come.

 

Birding & Botanizing

A unique birding experience lead by our local bird expert, Dr. Charlie Winterwood, will be held at the south entrance to the Mississippi Palisades State Park.  Nearly half of all birds in North America use this route to migrate, and this is your opportunity to see them. If you have binoculars and/or a camera, bring them as you will be using them non-stop. Extra binoculars will be available as well. This event involves moderate hiking up stairs (with lots of stops to look at birds and flowers) so come prepared with hiking boots, weather appropriate clothing, and water.

This is a show-case event of the regularly scheduled Thursday Bird Outings that happen during the spring and fall migration. A fun group of regulars will be eager to teach you how to ID species and what to expect. Ask to be put on the “Birding list” for updates on these Thursday Bird Outings. Come watch the migration in action! Free and RSVP’s not needed.

May 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.

Spring Prairie Walk

Join the Friends of Wapello and special guests as they lead an interpretive hike to gain a holistic understanding of the prairie ecosystem. Bring your binoculars, cameras, and weather appropriate gear. Free for all and RSVP’s not needed.

June 2020

$10

Birding 101

Join a team of expert birders for instructional tours of the Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary. This event is open to the public, free for members, and $10 for non-members. Anybody ages 10+, accompanied by an adult, may join one of the groups to learn how to identify species of birds in the wild with binoculars and field guides. Compare different field guides by hearing reviews from seasoned birders. If you have your own binoculars, bring them! With these tools in hand, you will learn the language of the birds. We should warn you that after attending the tour, you might never look out of a window the same. You might even try to bring your binoculars with you everywhere you go.

Bluebird Trail Walk

Expert guides will share the history of the Bluebird Recovery Program and its success in Jo Daviess County on tours running between 9:00 AM and noon at Horseshoe Mound Preserve.  Young and old can observe bluebird boxes, get a glimpse of the nests inside, and learn about bluebird monitoring. Geared for people of all ages, the tour is your opportunity to experience bluebirds up close and personal. Free and RSVP’s not needed.

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.

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