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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.

July 2020

LIVE WEBINAR: Dr. Daryl Watson and IDNR Landscape Architect George Bellovics speaking on JDCF’s new addition to Apple River Canyon

This spring, the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) announced the largest land purchase in its 27-year history, the Dick Dvorak Addition to Apple River Canyon.

To bring this important acquisition into perspective, we hope you will join us for a live JDCF webinar. Providing historical perspective will be Dr. Daryl Watson, historian, educator, and former Executive Director of the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum. For conservation perspective, we will hear from George Bellovics, Landscape Architect for the northwestern region of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  The acquisition and restoration of the Dick Dvorak Addition to Apple River Canyon was funded by grants from Grand Victoria Foundation and Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation as well as a loan from The Conservation Fund. JDCF wishes to thank them as well as the members and donors who have made this acquisition possible.

To attend this webinar, you will need to be a member of JDCF’s Constant Contact email list. Not yet a member? This is your chance to receive a free, one-year membership by simply sending your name and email address to info@nulljdcf.org. You will receive the link to this webinar, our quarterly newsletter, Land Matters, and information about upcoming events all via email. Your contact information is secure as JDCF does not share, sell, or otherwise distribute any information about our membership.

The Endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee ~ A Facebook Live Event

JDCF will be at the Wapello Land and Water Reserve in Hanover, IL for a Facebook Live broadcast about the endangered rusty patched bumble bee and what you as a citizen scientist can do to help bring the species back from the brink.

Discover Gramercy Park ~ A Facebook Live Event

JDCF will be live in East Dubuque, IL for a tour of the hidden treasure, Gramercy Park.  We will be joined by special guest, Rick Leute, Treasurer of the Gramercy Park Foundation.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring our Facebook Live series.

Gramercy Park is a place where history and nature come together. Located on a high bluff above the Mississippi River, the 10-acre park offers amazing views of the river and Iowa. Twenty-six ceremonial and burial mounds from the Hopewell culture, 200-500 A.D., are scattered throughout the park with accompanying historical and archaeological signage. It is also a great location to view bald eagles during winter.

If you do not follow JDCF on Facebook, we invite you to do so here: Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation.  Just click ‘like’ and ‘following’ in the upper left-hand corner.

August 2020

Summer Blooms ~ A Facebook Live Event

Join us for a Live broadcast from the colorful prairie at the Wapello Land & Water Reserve in Hanover, IL.  We will be joined a Friends of Wapello member  and plant expert who will lead us on a virtual tour to ID the summer species that are now in full bloom.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring our Facebook Live series.

All Things Butterfly ~ A Facebook Live Event

JDCF will be on location at the Wapello Land and Reserve for a program all about butterflies.  We will be joined by a butterfly expert who will discuss the life cycle, migration patterns, and importance of these insects, specifically the painted lady.  Our Facebook Live series is sponsored by the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena and we thank them.

Facebook Live with Dubuque County Conservation

Naturalist Kaytlan Moeller will join us at Proving Grounds Recreation Area to give us an overview of the natural spaces available through Dubuque County Conservation including the new mountain bike trail and future projects. We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring our Facebook Live series.

Discover Galena Gateway Park ~ A Facebook Live Event

JDCF will be Live from Galena Gateway Park to learn about the many interesting features found in this 180-acre preserve know as the ‘Gateway to Galena’.  Our special guest will also discuss the long history of the park and the huge community involvement it took to see the vision of the site become a reality.  Gateway Park, a partner preserve of JDCF, is located just east of downtown Galena at 9300 Powderhouse Hill Rd, just off Hwy 20 and is open daily from dawn to dusk. Dogs on leash welcome.

September 2020

Raptor Migration ~ Live from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

We are so excited to announce that our next Facebook Live broadcast will be from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium just across the river in Dubuque, IA.  Our guests will be Jennifer Drayna, who will present a short program on raptor migration accompanied by a live animal ambassador.

Part aquarium, part museum, part science center, this amazing place inspires stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive!  Be sure to tune in for this unique event sponsored by the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena.

JDCF Nature Preserves ~ A Q&A with Our Executive Director

Join us Live on Facebook with our own Steve Barg who will discuss all things related to JDCF’s public preserves.  There are some misconceptions about our land preservation work in Jo Daviess County, IL.  Steve will be ready to answer all your questions!  Tune in to learn how the Foundation prioritizes land acquisitions, how these projects are funded, and how staff decide on restoration plans that benefit people and wildlife now and forever.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring our Facebook Live series.

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