What did the landscape of Jo Daviess County look like prior to the arrival of the first European settlers?
JDCF, in partnership with the Galena/Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum and the Galena Cellars Vineyard, invite you to a June 7 presentation by Illinois Natural Area Surveyor Randy Nyboer. Randy will address this question and many more about the history of the land cover in Jo Daviess County and the rest of the driftless area of Northwest Illinois. A potluck will begin at 5:30, with an optional brief tour of the winery and vineyard at 5 p.m. The presentation will begin at 7 pm, for those wishing to attend just the talk. If attending the potluck, please bring a side dish to pass and your own table service. A main dish will be provided and wine will be available for purchase. RSVP’s are not necessary and everyone is welcome.
We thank the First Community Bank of Galena/Apple River State Bank for sponsoring our 2017 potluck and program speaker series.
With fall on the way, the appearance of trees changes significantly and identifying them can be tricky – unless you know your bark, berries, and nuts. Join us to celebrate the change of season with a Fall Forest Walk at 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!
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 will get to 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 echolocation.
JDCF, the Illinois DNR, and the Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau invite the public to a seminar to provide research-based information about basic biology, identification, status in the Midwest and expectations for the future of wolves, cougars, and black bears – carnivores that in yet small but increasing numbers are appearing on our landscape.
Keynote speakers include:
Adrian Wydeven. From 1990 through 2013, as a wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Adrian headed up the Wisconsin wolf recovery program. During that time, Wisconsin’s wolf population grew from fewer than 20 to more than 900.
Michelle LaRue. Michelle is executive director of the Cougar Network and a research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. She leads the Cougar Network’s efforts to gather and analyze confirmation data in the Eastern and Midwestern portions of North America.
Doug Dufford. Doug is program manager for the Wildlife Disease and Invasive Wildlife Program for IDNR. Doug coordinates IDNR’s large carnivore surveillance and incident response.
Craig Bloomquist. Craig is a wildlife biologist for United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. He works in collaboration with IDNR to confirm wolf, cougar or black bear sightings and to provide management plans to reduce human-wildlife conflicts caused by these large carnivores.
Join us for an evening owl-prowl hike at Casper Bluff. We will start by examining the contents of owl pellets to see what these nocturnal birds of prey eat. Everyone will then head out for a night hike through Casper Bluff to identify different owls by their calls. There will be hot chocolate to warm you up after the hike, but be sure to dress for the weather and bring your flashlight! The family-friendly event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.