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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.

April 2020

Native Wildflowers – A Facebook Live Event

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. We will be practicing social distancing while learning about native wildflowers that April showers have ushered in for May!  Like us at Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to join in.

May 2020

Bluebirds, Citizen Science, & You – A Facebook Live Event

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 Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while learning about bluebird conservation, JDCF’s Bluebird Recovery Program, and how people of all ages can participate in both.  By liking, commenting, or sharing the video, you will be entered into a drawing for a 48-hour, Deet free, citronella candle donated by Gabby’s. Like us at Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to join in.

Wild Foods – A Facebook Live Event

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 Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while learning how to make pesto out of garlic mustard, a great use for this pesky invasive plant.  By liking, commenting, or sharing the video, you will be entered into a drawing for an item donated by Gabby’s. Like us at Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to join in.

Stream Ecology – A Facebook Live Event

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 Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while conducting an ecological survey of a local stream.  By liking, commenting, or sharing the video, you will be entered into a drawing for an item donated by Gabby’s. Like us at Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to join in.

Oak Savannas – A Facebook Live Event

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 Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while learning about oak savanna habitat from a surprise guest speaker, and how the work taking place at Horseshoe Mound Preserve is bringing new life to an old oak savanna found there.  By liking, commenting, or sharing the video, you will be entered into a drawing for an item donated by Gabby’s. Like us at Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to join in.

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.

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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.

 

 

 

Discover the Witkowsky State Wildlife Area ~ A Facebook Live Event

Just when we need them most, a new series of hiking trails is opening at the Witkowsky State Wildlife Area on Blackjack Road in Hanover, IL. Join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, Friends of Witkowsky founding member, Brad Petersburg, and our own Steve Barg to learn about the years long process of creating the trails and what sights and sounds you can experience in this 1,300+ acre wildlife area. We have asked a representative from the IDNR, owner of the wildlife area and partner in the new trail system, to join us. This event is generously sponsored by Fig Leaf Dubuque. By liking, sharing, or commenting on the video, you will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket from Fig Leaf.  Find us on Facebook at Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to join in. “See” you then!

Prairie Blooms at the Wapello Preserve ~ A Facebook Live Event

JDCF’s Wapello Land & Water Reserve is home to one of the most magnificent short-grass prairie restorations in Illinois. We will be Live on Facebook with Friends of Wapello for a virtual walk in the nearly 80-acre prairie to see and learn about the native plants that are starting to bloom there. We are sure that after seeing the prairie virtually, you and the entire family will head to the preserve to see it in person! This event is generously sponsored by First Community Bank of Galena/Apple River State Bank and we thank them!

The site is open daily dawn to dusk free of charge to the public.  Dogs on leashes are welcome.  Please remember to practice social distancing when you visit and take only memories and leave only footprints as leave no trace ethics remind us to do.  Wapello is located at 8642 RT 84 S, Hanover, IL.

Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Virtual Walking Tour

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Well, wonder no more and join JDCF Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, for a Facebook Live event designed to replace our popular walking tours that have been cancelled due to Covid-19.  You 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.  We thank the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring this event.

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

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