JDCF is co-hosting this annual, one-day conference with the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts. The theme will be Landscapes of the Future: Challenges & Opportunities. Two keynote speakers will be Jeff Walk of The Nature Conservancy, speaking on “Climate Change & Habitat Preservation & Restoration” and Bob Palmer of the Effigy Mounds National Monument, speaking on “Fertile Ground – The Upper Midwest & Leaders of the Conservation Movement in the Late 19th and 20th Centuries”. Visit The Prairie Enthusiasts for more details.
Each year, JDCF focuses on a theme. Our theme for 2017 is the "Year of the Prairie". For some, the word “prairie” simply conjures an endless sea of grass. For others, “prairie” evokes a veritable symphony of sights, smells, and sounds from bird calls, buzzing insects, and the wind rustling the grass, to vibrant purple and yellow wildflowers, minty Monarda, and peppery grey-headed coneflower seeds. No matter how familiar you are with prairies and the flora and fauna that call them home, there will be something to discover during JDCF’s Year of the Prairie. In addition, our calendar also features signature events such as our annual Camp Casper, Moonlight Frog Walk, Bluebird Trail Walk, and Fall Forest Walk. All of these events are free to the public, so join us!
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Learn about the important role fire plays in the prairie ecosystem from our own Director of Land Stewardship, Ryan Getz. This “Popcorn & Program” is at the Galena Territory Association on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. As a follow up, all are welcome to come out in April to observe a large prescribed burn conducted by Ryan and his team. Check jdcf.org for more details and updates on the prescribed burn as this activity is highly dependent on weather and other conditions.
Join fellow JDCF members and our guest speaker, botanical artist, George Olson, at our annual meeting. Mr. Olson will have some of his work on site. We will also be honoring John & Barbara Rutherford as recipients of the 2017 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award. An interactive social hour will begin at 4:30, followed by remarks and introduction of JDCF’s board and staff at 6:00 with a buffet dinner including vegetarian option at 6:15. Mr. Olson will speak at 7:00 pm.
The annual Mississippi River Clean Up will take place from 8 am until 3:30 pm at Gear’s Ferry Landing south of Galena. Individuals and families with older children are welcome. This event is generously sponsored by Chestnut Mountain Resort. Boats and shovels are needed. Anyone who provides a boat for the day will be reimbursed for gas. Participants will get wet and dirty, so come prepared with warm, waterproof clothes, gloves, and boots. Anyone who would like to participate but not go onto the Mississippi River can help by picking up garbage along Ferry Landing Road and the landing. The Galena Boat Club & Galena Rotary are partnering in the clean up.