JDCF Safaris

Thunderbird June 15 & 16, 2019
Your Safari Guide: Phil Millhouse,
PhD Archaeologist
$50 $35/JDCF members

Bobolink June 22 or June 29, 2019
Your Safari Guide: Bobbi Asher,
International Birder
$50 $35/JDCF members

 

WHY SAFARIS?

For the nature lover and adventurer, there is nowhere in the state of Illinois that has more to offer than the “driftless region” of Northwestern Illinois. It is a landscape that powerful glaciers of thousands of years ago circled around and bypassed, leaving behind stunning geological formations, a mighty river, and plant and animal habitats that are unrivaled for beauty and diversity.

Join the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s expert guides on expeditions into some of the wonders of our driftless region. Your guides will unveil remarkable “secrets” — the habitats of rare and beautiful birds and the remnants of ancient Native peoples.

JDCF is caretaker and conserver of much of this heritage in Jo Daviess County. Our 6000 acres of conserved properties feature …
*Breathtaking overlooks of the Mississippi River
*Rare, exposed rock outcroppings and other geological formations including an algific talus slope,  where an ice-age remnant remains cold, even in summer
*640 acres of Native American cultural sites, including two intact effigies, burial mounds and  village footprints
*The most significant oak ecosystem in northern Illinois; along with rare plant, bird and other wildlife species

JDCF’s properties and conservation easements allow us to ensure that a significant portion of our region’s driftless area heritage is protected, for the legacy of those who came before us and the benefit of people and wildlife today. And it is not only protected, but appreciated and enjoyed. To further heighten awareness of JDCF and our region, we are launching our exciting safari venture this summer with two safaris.

For more information or to register for Thunderbird click here: Thunderbird Safari

For more information or to register for Bobolink click here: 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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