JDCF Acquires New Preserve – Oneota!

JDCF is pleased to announce the acquisition of 160-acres just south of Hanover, Illinois… the Oneota Preserve! Nestled between three existing conservation areas, the acquisition and restoration of this property enables JDCF and its partners to reconnect native wildlife habitats that have become fragmented by human activity and also protects a known Native American cultural site.  Funding for this purchase was awarded to JDCF by the Grand Victoria Foundation and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation with in-kind donations provided by the Northwest Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts.

The Oneota Preserve is named in honor of the Oneota culture, a pre-Colombian Native American people that lived on the banks of the Apple River at the present-day Wapello Land & Water Reserve, which is located just across the river from the Oneota Preserve. These preserves tell the story of two Native American cultures – the Woodland Culture and the Mississippian Culture – coming together to form an entirely new society over a thousand years ago. This culture was unique in that it represented a rare phenomenon of two cultures blending together to form a new, unique culture, rather than one culture conquering the weaker culture and the weaker culture fading away into history.

“Until this time, these two cultures had remained distinct with the Late Woodland peoples inhabiting northern Illinois while the Mississippian peoples lived further south in the St. Louis area,” said Dr. Phil Millhouse, Archaeologist with Red Gates Archaeology. “Sometime around the 12th century, the Mississippians migrated north and encountered Late Woodland settlements such as the one that existed at this site. Within several generations the people along the Apple River were no longer just Wood-landers or Mississippians, but they had created their own unique identity as a part of the emerging Oneota cultural tradition.”


Upcoming Events

JDCF Annual Meeting

April 1 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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 […] Read More

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Calling All Volunteers – River Clean Up

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 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 […] Read More

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Fantastic Frogs & Friends Frog Walk

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning at the Meeker Street footbridge on the east side along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL.  Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in a guided hike down the trail […] Read More

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Prairie Talk with Steve Apfelbaum & Susan Lehnhardt

May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Author Steve Apfelbaum will discuss his book, “Natures’s Second Chance” and artist Susan Lehnhardt will present art that has been inspired by the prairie and talk about local activism to protect water in our watershed. Co-sponsored by the Galena Center for the Arts.

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