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

Potluck & Program: The Prairies of Pre-Settlement Jo Daviess County

June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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 […] Read More

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Bluebird Trail Walk

June 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Bluebird Recovery Program of JDCF invites everyone to enjoy a Bluebird Trail Walk on Saturday morning from 9 AM to noon at Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve. No reservations are necessary and this event is free.  This is a great opportunity to experience an outdoor Bluebird adventure for people of all ages.  Guided […] Read More

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Camp Casper Nature Camp

June 19 @ 8:30 am - June 23 @ 12:00 pm

Camp Casper 2017 will focus on water and has many exciting activities planned for kids ages 9-13.  There will be field trips the Galena History Museum to learn about the Galena River and it’s influence on this area’s history as well as a tour of the Mississippi River on Chestnut Mountain’s river tour boat.  To register, […] Read More

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Meteors on the Mound

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

JDCF and the Planetary Studies Foundation (PSF) invite the public to a night sky viewing event. As part of the Perseid meteor shower that will be taking place, PSF planetary geologist, Dr. Paul Sipiera will be sharing his expertise in the area of meteorites beginning around 7:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., Diane Sipiera, Executive Director of […] Read More

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