Bobolink: A JDCF Safari Coming in June

This summer, JDCF is offering the public an opportunity for adventures in our nature preserves as part of small groups led by expert guides.  We are calling these expeditions “safaris.” Our first safaris will take you to the habitats of rare and beautiful birds and to the remnants of ancient Native peoples.

While our Thunderbird safari has filled, space is available on our new “Bobolink” safari, June 22 or June 29, which will be guided by international birder Bobbi Asher.  Bobbi sits on the boards of both the International Crane Foundation and Chicago Audubon Society.  She has traveled the globe on birding adventures and will bring this expertise to a tour of JDCF’s Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary during the prime bobolink breeding season.  “Valley of Eden is one of my favorite places to bird,” said Bobbi.  “I’m excited for people to experience its variety of habitats and some of the uncommon birds it hosts.”

Fees for the safaris will be used to further JDCF’s conservation work.  JDCF is not funded by tax dollars.  We rely on memberships and the generosity of our donors.  With their support, JDCF has been able to conserve and protect more than 6000 acres for the legacy of the peoples who came before us and the benefit of people and wildlife today.  Most JDCF preserves are open to the public.  But our experienced guides will further unlock their secrets.  JDCF Associate Director Christie Trifone-Simon hopes this is just the beginning.  JDCF plans to add new safaris in the near future, featuring tours of other Native American cultural sites, explorations of the region’s oak ecosystems, rare and beautiful butterflies, nocturnal birds and more.

Click here for more info and to sign up for Bobolink safari.”

Upcoming Events

JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest

April 1 @ 8:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean? JDCF is sponsoring a Biggest Tree Contest to recognize the largest tree within each of the designated native tree species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson […] Read More

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Camp Casper Nature Camp

June 17 @ 8:30 am - June 21 @ 11:30 am

JDCF, in partnership with the Galena ARC,  will once again host Camp Casper, an outdoor day camp for children ages 8 to 12, at JDCF’s Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve.  Our theme for 2019 will center around the importance of trees in our natural world.  Reservations are required by calling the Galena ARC at […] Read More

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Bobolinks: A JDCF Safari

June 22 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join JDCF volunteer and international birding expert Bobbi Asher for a half-day birding adventure at the Valley of Eden Bird Bird Sanctuary. In decline because of habitat loss, this striking bird with a unique black underbelly and beautiful song, travels thousands of miles each year to nest in the restored grasslands of JDCF’s new bird […] Read More

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Bobolinks: A JDCF Safari

June 29 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join JDCF volunteer and international birding expert Bobbi Asher for a half-day birding adventure at the Valley of Eden Bird Bird Sanctuary. In decline because of habitat loss, this striking bird with a unique black underbelly and beautiful song, travels thousands of miles each year to nest in the restored grasslands of JDCF’s new bird […] Read More

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